National Dietetic Association Reports
Report from Austria
Current issues concerning gastro-intestinal health were the focus of the Annual Conference of the Austrian Association of Dietitians, from March 27th to 28th, 2014 in Vienna. At the same time the proposed Health Care Reform in Austria and the role of the dietitian in the health system were discussed. The conference was well attended with guests from the medical field and politics.
NCPT Uptake in Canada
In May 2014, dietitians in Canada were asked about their use of the Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT). The survey was distributed to over 10,000 registered dietitians in both English and French. Before distributing, Dietitians of Canada (DC) consulted with members of the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics International NCPT Committee in order to develop questions that could be used in other countries so that comparisons of data could be made in the future.
A Journey to Reform in the Dietetics Profession – The Hong Kong Story
The Hong Kong Dietitians Association (HKDA) was established in 2001 to unite Hong Kong dietitians and promote high standards of professional dietetic practice, and also to provide optimal nutrition and health for people of Hong Kong. The association has 230 members.
32nd International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition in Iceland
The 32nd International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition was held in Reykjavik, Iceland from June 25 to 27, 2014. The symposium is an annual event arranged by the Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group (DNSG) of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and brings together international scientists, physicians, and dietitians to showcase the latest advances from basic science to clinical trials in diabetes and nutrition. Registered participants were 104, mostly from Europe.
Report from Nigeria
The Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN) held its 4th annual general meeting and scientific conference on 6th May, 2014, in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The association is poised for formulating a code of practice, competency, proficiency and standard for dietitians, and in the meantime adopting the foundational knowledge and skills requirement for entry level dietitians developed by DIETS and ICDA. The association is also striving to have a uniform curriculum for universities that offer the course through the Nigerian Universities Commission and establish a government supported regulatory body for dietitians.
Activities of Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines: Good Governance, Nutrition Advocacy and Responding to Change and Challenges
As a member of ICDA and AFDA, the NDAP regularly send representatives to the International Congress of Dietetics and the Asian Congress of Dietetics. In the last two years, NDAP supported and sponsored seminars on Leadership, Research, Nutrition and Culinary Skills Enhancement Training Program and benchmarking of clinical practice guidelines for renal, diabetes and cardio for clinical dietitian under the Hospital Dietetics Section. It participated in the development of a new Filipino Food Guide (Pinggang Pinoy), a plate-based representation of what a Filipino adult should consume on a per meal basis to meet the body’s energy and nutrient needs.
The Philippines Dietitians to Celebrate Diamond Jubilee 2015
The Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines’ 60th Diamond Year - 2015 - is almost here. Many exciting events are already in the creative program committee including the release and launch of the most celebrated limited edition memorabilia, Nutrition and Dietetics in the Philippines: Second Edition, which will highlight the association’s achievements from 1985 to 2014. As NDAP prepares for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, the Diamond Jubilee Committee is focused on making this a unique historic occasion and a powerful way to celebrate, to create a legacy and to build a corporate history that conveys vision, innovation, and strength.
Continuous Education Opportunities: A Key Priority for Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association
Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA) – a professional organization of nutritionists and dietitians, is committed not just to improve the health and nutritional status of the public it serves but to also empower its members to develop continuously in the profession. Over the years, the SNDA has been active in organizing continuing education for the professional enrichment of its members besides improving and updating the practical and theoretical knowledge of dietitians and nutritionists.
Report from South Africa
The Association for Dietetics South Africa (ADSA) recently launched the ‘ADSA Social Media and Communication Guideline’, developed to assist members with managing social media platforms within the ethical boundaries of being a registered health professional. In the coming months, the executive committee will visit each branch in a roadshow to introduce the social media guidelines as well as provide an update on some of the exciting developments happening within ADSA.
Update from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was invited to ring the closing bell on Wednesday, August 20, at NASDAQ, the largest electronic equities exchange in the United States. This is the sixth year in which the Academy has been invited to be part of NASDAQ’s trading day. I represented the Academy ringing the closing bell and made remarks about the Academy, Foundation and Kids Eat Right Month, joined by Academy members who live in the New York area.
From the American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA)
Simplifying Portions and Servings in a Developing Country: A continuing challenge in dietetic practice is to move clients from awareness of the need to change eating practices to actually trying the plan. A large part of counselling has depended on imparting explanations of measuring foods as served according to portion sizes to control and tracking the calorie intake.
Asian Congress of Dietetics (ACD) – AODA Participation
The 6th ACD was hosted this August in Taipei, Taiwan. This year’s ACD was organized by the Chinese Dietetic Society (CDS) under the sponsorship of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (AFDA), which is comprised of eleven member associations. The theme for this year’s Congress, “Advancing Health through Innovating Dietetic Practice Across Asia” covered a wide range of topics including the unique dietary culture in Asia, updates in clinical nutrition, strategies for effective health promotion, standards for dietetic accreditation, and the current and future role of dietetic professionals across Asia.
6th Asian Congress of Dietetics (ACD) in Taipei – ICDA participation
The 6th Asian Congress of Dietetics held in Taipei, Taiwan, from August 21st to 24th, 2014 was organized by the Chinese Dietetic Society and attended by hundreds of professionals from within and outside Asia. Sandra Capra, University of Queensland, President of ICDA and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, ICDA, addressed the gathering on the opening day, on the Global New Vision for Dietetic Practice & Research.