Canadian dietitians stood proud at the 16th
International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney, Australia. Delegates were commenting in the hallways on the strong Canadian presence on the program from plenaries to workshops to poster presentations plus the popular Dietitians of Canada (DC) booth in the exhibit area.
There were over 2200 delegates from 57 countries with 55 dietitians from Canada, most of who were on the program and many more than once. Thirty DC members with successful program submissions were supported by DC to attend the Congress.
Corinne Eisenbraun co-chaired a session on international supports for the uptake of International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT).
Paul Fieldhouse and Jayne Thirsk were invited to present – Paul spoke on food security issues in indigenous populations in Canada and Jayne on evidence-based practice.
Two DC members, Sobia Khan and Jessica Rutherford, received the DC Novice Researchers Travel Award. Sobia spoke on reaching culturally diverse communities. Jessica had this to say about her experience –“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend … it was an honour to share my research on Manitoba school nutrition programs and policy to an international audience. I returned from the ICD feeling fully satisfied; I had expanded my network of colleagues and learned new ideas and techniques for research. And of course, I got to explore Australia; I tasted delicious foods, visited breathtaking sites, saw many weird and wonderful creatures and even cuddled an unbelievably adorable Koala. This experience will not soon be forgotten!”
There were several workshops delivered and/or facilitated by Canadian dietitians including three by the International Confederation of Dietetics Association (ICDA) on workforce supply (Marlene Wyatt), definition of evidence-based practice (Debbie MacLellan and Jayne Thirsk) and world-wide advocacy (Marsha Sharp).
Canada looks forward to equally strong participation at ICD 2016 in Granada, Spain.