A Great Step Forward In Spain
  • Country - Spain

    Spanish Senate

    The Spanish senate has worked nearly 2 years to find out which are the human resources that the National Health System needs.

    The Senate created a committee that included 65 people who represent professional associations, syndicates and politicians, in order to gather their points of view. Mr Giuseppe Russolillo, Chair of the AEDN, had the honor to participate and put forward the opinions and needs of our profession on 30th March 2009.

    In his presentation, Mr Russolillo proposed a Dietitian and Nutritionist in the National Health System, requesting the following:

    • A Dietitian-Nutritionist /50.000 inhabitants with a health card.
    • A Dietitian-Nutritionist /100 beds in intensive care.
    • A Dietitian-Nutritionist / hospital department related with nutritional management.
    • A Dietitian-Nutritionist/500.000 inhabitants in public health and prevention.
    This request was sustained, among others, by the following arguments:
    • To place the dietitian-nutritionist in the Spanish Health System on a level with the rest of the European countries.
    • Modernize the National Health System through the incorporation of new health professionals, lessening the load for physicians and nurses.
    The message sent by the professional collective of Dietitians and Nutritionists was taken into account and accepted by the Senate.

    We hope that Spanish Health Institutions will take note of these recommendations and that they will start a process to improve public services by incorporating dietitians and nutritionists.

    Mega Nutritional Event
    On September 30th and October 1st and 2nd 2010 the Mega Nutrition event took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the following activities:

    • 11 International Congress of Nutrition, Longevity and Quality of Life.
    • 11 International Congress of Gastronomy and Nutrition.
    • 6 National Forum of Nutrition.
    • 5 International Symposia of the American Dietetic Association.
    • 3 International Symposia of the Nutrition Society.
    • 3 International Symposia of Le Cordon Bleu.
    • 1 International Symposia of the Spanish Association of Dietitians and Nutritionists.

    In this first International Symposia, the AEDN took part with the following speakers: Mr Giuseppe Russolillio, President of the AEDN, Ms. Marta Cuervo, Dietitian-Nutritionist and PhD in Diet and Physiology and Mr Eduard Baladia, Dietitian-Nutritionist, member of the Review, Study and Scientific Position Statement Group of the AEDN.

    This Symposia covered the following subjects:

    • The Academic Evolution of the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Degree in Spain. Convergence process in Europe. European Net DIETS.
    • Evidence-Based Dietetics and Applied Nutrition: Review, Study and Scientific Position Statement Group of the Spanish Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists (GREP-AEDN).
    • Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética (Spanish Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics): AEDN’s official scientific communication organ.
    • On-line services for Dietitians-Nutritionists. Program management for dietitians practice: www.easydiet.es.

    The First Group of Renal Dietitians are Born in Spain
    A group called Nutrition Group specialized in Chronic Renal Illnesses (“Grupo de Nutrición en Enfermedad Renal Crónica (GE-NERC)” has been created in Spain by a group of dietitians from the AEDN who are specialized in renal diseases. The objectives of this group are: Primary objective: Encourage the understanding and diffusion of this specialization, giving a high-quality nutritional treatment in renal illnesses. Secondary Objectives:

    • To give professional opportunities and lifelong learning for Dietitians-Nutritionists.
    • To propose Renal Nutrition as a specialization for Dietitians-Nutritionists and other professions that are part of the nephrology team.
    • To collaborate with professional societies and renal associations.
    • To help in the research and development of position papers and practice guides.
    • To act as representatives of the specialized group of the AEDN in national and international committees.

    Maria Manera