Melanie McGrice – Australia
  • I had the privilege of attending the International Congress of Dietetics in the beautiful Granada, Spain recently.  Very few dietitians travelled as far as us Aussies did; it took me nearly 30 hours from leaving my home in Melbourne, Australia, to arrive in Spain – but it was worth it!  I had the privilege of spending three weeks travelling around Spain, learning about the Spanish culture, and best of all, the amazing Spanish food!  I concluded my trip by heading to Granada for the Congress.  The theme was 'sustainability' and there was much debate about the role of dietitians in agriculture and food industry.  One of my favourite parts of the conference was a symposium on the latest research on low calorie sweeteners, and as someone who is usually quite sceptical about artificial sweeteners, it was helpful to hear an update of the evidence of their benefits from some prestigious researchers.  The next ICD will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it as a great way to gain an understanding of what is being done in dietetics around the world, so mark it in your diary!
    Melanie McGrice
    Member of the Dietitians Association of Australia