5th MTD Forum in Vienna, Austria
  • MTD (Medizinisch Technischer Dienst) stands for a collective group of seven Medical Health Professionals. These are:

    • Physical Therapists
    • Speech Therapists
    • Radiological Technologists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Dietitians
    • Professions in Biomedical Science
    • Orthoptists

    The MTD’s are grouped in a collective law and work under equal legal regulations.
    MTD-Austria is a group comprising of the 7 Medical Health Profession Organisations.
    MTD-Austria works together with the common interest of achieving political and professional goals.  Some of these goals are registration, promoting master degrees and PhD`s in health professions, research and professional development.
     
    The 5th MTD Forum was held on November 13, 2015 at the University of Applied Sciences (FH Campus Wien) in Vienna, Austria. The forum concentrated on celebrating the achievements of the past 10 years.  HEI for health professions, students now complete their studies with a bachelor degree. Future developments on education and training were a topic of primary interest.
     
    The president of MTD-Austria Ms. Gabriele Jaksch and the Business Manager of the University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien Mr. Wilhelm Behensky stressed in their opening talks that the development of good health cannot be separated from the educational aspect. It takes networking at all levels within the health professions itself as well as within the respective ministries. A point of view shared by Ms. Meinhild Hausreither who attended the forum as representative from the Austrian ministry of health.
     
    In her impressive keynote, Professor Anne de Looy, President of EFAD, articulated the European political health challenges as well as the importance of the health professions within the context of these challenges. The interaction between health professions is much more now, and innovative solutions and approaches are required. Despite the active research commitment medical health professionals still encounter little public support. Several lectures indicated the lack of understanding of the importance of education and research.
     
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    MTD Forum, November 13th 2015, Vienna
    From left:
    Prof. Andrea Hofbauer, President of the Austrian Association of Dietitians
    Prof. Anne de Looy, Honorary President of EFAD
    Ms Gabriele Jaksch, President of MTD Austria


    Workshops
    In the workshops MTD representatives compiled proposals and points of view into a structured catalog. By way of a resolution this catalog will find its way into the professional political discourse.
     
    Award
    During the Forum the interdisciplinary team of the Health Perception Lab received the Annual Austrian Innovation Award for Medical-Technical Professions. The study won over the conference participants through its novel approach and interdisciplinary teamwork. 
     
    About the study
    An interdisciplinary approach as a key to success – Health Perception Lab / Laboratory for Sensorics and Health
     
    The newly established Health Perception Lab (HPL) is seeking to make a mark in the sector of obesity prevention and treatment via the interdisciplinary orientation of seven institutes at the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria). Only by combining the competences of diverse scientific disciplines can new pathways be explored and innovative solutions developed.
     
    Therefore a pilot study of 60 pregnant women started at the beginning of January 2014 with the aim of developing new methods to examine the factors affecting the programming of infants. A team comprising experts in the disciplines of biomedical analysis, dietetics & nutrition, health promotion and public health, midwifery, communications and media design, medicine, and psychology is:

    • testing methods for the analysis of sensory perception parameters

    • examining anthropometric and biomedical markers (samples of faecal, blood and breast milk), associated with metabolic programming in children and

    • examining possible inter-relationships between the various anthropometric, sensory and biomedical parameters involved in the metabolic programming of children.

    The data is being recorded at the Health Perception Lab with the use of innovative technical aids, such as an advanced 3D Facial Analysis Coding System designed to determine taste preferences in babies and infants. First results of the study will be available in summer 2016.

    Excerpt out of: “Diaetologen” Journal for Nutrition Management and – Therapy
    Nr. 4, 2015
     
    Andrea Hofbauer, MSc, MBA
    President of the Austrian Association of Dietitians
    Director Department of Dietetics
    FH Campus Wien,University of Applied Sciences, Austria
     
    Bianca Neuhold, BSc, MSc Lecturer / Researcher
    Department Health Studies/Institute Dietetics and Nutrition
    Department Management/Institute Health and Tourism Management
    FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Austria