Report from South Africa
  • ADSA Social Media and Communication Guideline
    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.
    ADSA continues to engage with the media to promote our profession
    For the most recent campaign, during Breastfeeding Week, the ADSA spokespersons participated in an interview in SABC Morning Live, as well as Radio 2000 focusing on the state of breastfeeding in South Africa and the benefits of breastfeeding.  ADSA also ran a series of four Facebook posts to promote Breastfeeding Week, focusing on: World Breastfeeding Week promotion (, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and sharing their brochure with the audience, ‘Benefits of Breastfeeding’ written by a dietitian, and a post sharing the World Breastfeeding Week interview on SABC Morning Live.
    The ADSA executive committee offers the following benefits to our members
    1. Advocacy for the dietetics profession
    ADSA actively promotes and protects the dietetics profession in the media through ADSA spokespersons and provides a ‘watch dog’ function to ensure that the professional reputation of dietitians is maintained.
    2. Staying connected
    Members receive regular relevant communication:
    • Weekly notices including job notifications, information about new products, upcoming events and information on key issues that affect our profession.
    • Monthly newsletters.
    3. Media
    ADSA actively promotes our profession by running PR campaigns and activities throughout the year.  It also has a presence on social media platforms which enable dietitians as well as the public to have access to credible nutrition information.  The media are able to identify ADSA spokespersons for different nutrition-related issues through the ADSA website and through our PR agency.
    4. Access to evidence-based information and tools on the ADSA website
    All member information on the ADSA website is protected by a login function, ensuring that this information is only available to ADSA members.  Members can access video clips of presentations from branch activities, executive summaries of new research, CPD articles, nutrition information articles, Policies and Guidelines, online shop, Bursary application forms for ADSA student members, ADSA interest groups, online library of peer-reviewed resources for nutrition and dietetic practice through access to PEN (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition). 
    The public can also find ADSA members in their area using the ‘Find a dietitian’ search tool on the open section of the ADSA website.
    5. Representation
    ADSA has representation in a number of forums that relate to nutrition and dietetics to ensure that members are kept up to date on key issues that will have an impact on the profession.
    6. Mentorship program
    ADSA offers a mentorship program to all interested ADSA members. The objective of the program is for the mentor dietitian to provide guidance and support to a less experienced colleague. This creates opportunities for growth for the mentee, as well as creates a platform for dietitians to plough back into the profession by helping to develop another dietitian. Opportunities to be a mentor or mentee exist for members.
    7. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    All ADSA members have access to the South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
    8. Discounts
    Members can access the following at a significantly reduced price: Professional indemnity cover; International book titles available on the online shop and ADSA and ADSA-affiliated congresses, workshops and events.
    National Nutrition Congress
    The 25th Congress of the Nutrition Society of South Africa and the 13th Congress of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa took place from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Johannesburg.  The theme of the congress was ‘Optimal Nutrition For All’
    Awards Presented to
    Unilever Nutrition Award Presented to a Junior Scientist for the best oral presentation
    on Nutrition Research
    1st: NATASCHA OLIVIER for her paper ‘Resting Energy expenditure of black and white overweight women aged 18 to 55 years
    2nd: CELESTE NAUDE for her paper Serum and Dietary Vitamin D in young adults living under seasonal solar UVB conditions
    Unilever Nutrition Award Presented to a senior Scientist for the best oral presentation
    on Nutrition Research
    1st: SALOME KRUGER for her paper on The Sensitivity of body mass index cut- points to identify cardio-metabolic risk in Black South Africans
    2nd: MIEKE FABER for her paper on Anthroprometric Status, dietary intake and Vitamin A status of South African Preschool children from 4 areas with diverse eating patterns
    NSSA William Fox Award presented to BEULAH PRETORIUS for her poster on The Necessity of Food composition data to determine dietary iron absorption.

    NSSA William Fox Award BEULAH PRETORIUS for her poster on The Necessity of Food composition data to determine dietary iron absorption

    ADSA award for Best Poster presentation by a Dietitian 1st: JANE MUCHIRI for her posters: Evaluation of a Nutrition Education programme by Type 2 diabetes adults in a resource limited setting in South Africa and The Perceived and reported dietary changes after nutrition education ion adults with type 2 diabetes in Moretele, South Africa.
    2nd: SICELOSETHU SIRO for her poster: Anemia prevalance of breastfed infants and their mothers from a peri-urban area in South Africa.

    Cheryl Meyer
    Association for Dietetics South Africa