Gearing up to 'Think Big' at the 35th Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference in Sydney, Australia

  • Sydney is the perfect location for dietitians and researchers to converge to debate the best approaches to deal with the ‘big’ nutrition problems of obesity and global food security. Yep, we’re ‘Thinking Big’ this year for the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) National Conference, 17-19 May 2018!

    Registration for this year’s conference has opened, and what an exciting program we have for delegates. Exploring the theme ‘Think Big’, plenary themes include – Precision Medicine and Medical Nutrition Therapy, Women’s Health Through the Lifecycle, the Role of the Microbiome in Chronic Disease and the latest in Public Health Nutrition and Food Service. Take a look at our program at a glance.  

    We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s conference in Sydney, New South Wales. Sydney’s city skyline, sights, fine dining, shopping and entertainment provide the perfect location for the melting pot that is our Scientific and Social Program. The International Conference Centre and harbor surrounds have undergone huge redevelopment, making this not only one of the best conference facilities in the world, but a gateway to all that Sydney Harbour has to offer.

    The conference itself is full of interesting sessions and we received our largest numbers of abstracts ever for presentations and posters. Special guest Jeremy Meltzer is sure to leave delegates feeling inspired as he talks about his experience developing i=Change, Australia’s fastest-growing social enterprise tech start-up.
    Is Body Mass Index the Real Issue Here? A ‘Weighty Discussion, our debate on obesity is sure to leave no empty seats. Facilitated by Tara Diversi, panellists include:

    • A/Prof Tracy Burrows, AdvAPD and Co-lead of the Nutrition and Dietetics stream of the Priority Research Centre of Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle
    • Tim Cassetarri, APD, research dietitian and health coach
    • Dr Janet Franklin, APD, senior clinical dietitian and research coordinator at Metabolism and Obesity Services, RPA hospital
    • A/Prof Sarah Garnett, APD and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

    Invited speakers also include:
    • Prof Danielle Gallegos, AdvAPD and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology. Danielle will speak about Food Security: National and Global
    • Dr Samantha Hocking will speak about Precision Medicine
    • Prof Stephen Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney will speak about the Role of the Microbiome in Chronic Disease
    • Fifi Spechler, APD and Quality Systems Manager for HealthShare NSW will speak about New Developments in Food Service
    • Prof Judith Swift will speak about the Considerations in the Practice of Dietetics
    • Prof Lauren Williams, Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University will speak about Women’s Health Through the Lifecycle.

    Read more about all invited speakers here.

    Download the conference app (coming soon) and follow media updates on research presented. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #DAA2018.

    If you’re able to join us in Sydney, register by Wednesday 21 March 2018 to take advantage of early-bird rates. We hope to see you in Sydney!

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