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Dietetic Consultation Can Help Manage Cardiovascular Disease

Thanks to a recent study published in the April 2019 edition of Nutrition & Dietetics: Journal of the Dieticians Association of Australia, people suffering from or who exhibit risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) can breathe easier. By using dietetic consultation in addition to their regular treatment regimen in their primary-care setting, high-risk CVD patients can lower their blood lipids and reduce the risk factors that often come with the disease.   Dietary behavior change is where it all starts CVD has long thought to be a preventable and manageable condition, especially when dietary behaviour change is added to a patient’s regular treatment plan. The study includes evidence-based consultations with patients that consisted of face-to-face education designed specifically for the patient in question and counselling designed to help change their…

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Dietetic Consultation Can Help Manage Cardiovascular Disease
KTAustralia Celebrates 5 Years With New Name

KTAustralia Celebrates 5 Years With New Name

When Tamika Heiden (Twitter handle @KTAustralia) left academia five years ago to start KTAustralia (Knowledge Translation Australia), her goal was to provide academics with the support they needed to frame their academic research in terms of translation or impact. Research impact in Australia is a hot button topic and one that is near and dear to Tamika’s heart. This year, KT Australia celebrates their fifth year of helping academics with a new name that aligns better with the sector she serves. Let’s give Tamika and the Research Impact Academy a big hand!   What Is Research Impact?   To understand what Tamika and Research Impact Academy does, you first need to understand what research impact means. Gone are the days when researchers required funding to gain knowledge for knowledge sake.…

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Food Policy Win for Queensland

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or vacationing in the Outback, you may have heard about the significant food policy win that took place in Queensland last week. Over the long Easter weekend, media throughout the country announced the newly approved policy banning the advertisement of unhealthy foods, drinks, and alcohol on Government-owned advertising spaces. With the exception of major stadiums in Queensland, this new policy will affect over 2000 advertising spaces throughout the state. This means the rail network, busways, bus shelters, roadsides and advertising space outside major hospitals will no longer be allowed to advertise unhealthy food and drink choices. This is the perfect opportunity to start promoting healthier lifestyle choices. The policy will come into effect as advertising contracts and leases start to cup up for…

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Food Policy Win for Queensland
Opportunities for GPs to learn about nutrition are increasing!

Opportunities for GPs to learn about nutrition are increasing!

Opportunities for GPs to learn about nutrition are increasing! I have recently been fortunate enough to be involved in the development of one of Australia’s first dedicated CPD (continuing professional development) opportunities for nutrition. Click Here to view the full article. We have outlined below the major factors involved and we want to hear from you if you are of the same belief. Below are 3 main reasons to take this study into consideration I feel fortunate that most of the content is aimed at addressing the gap our team has identified that GPs have insufficient knowledge, skills and attitudes towards nutrition. Some dietitians actually discourage other health professionals to learn about nutrition.  They want to be the only ones who are seen to have expertise, which is not patient-centred.…

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Do your PhD on the History of Nutrition in Medicine

Do your PhD on the History of Nutrition in Medicine.  We are actively seeking candidates who are eager and willing to do their PhD on the history of nutrition in medicine.  This is a  unique opportunity and one that requires full commitment, resources and dedication. You will not only possess the knowledge to demonstrate this theory but also the passion to ensure that the medical profession continues to rely on the fundamentals of nutrition and how they impact our health and our wellbeing now and in the future. A SCHOLARSHIP is now available for the right candidate with equivalent Class 1 Honours to assist us unpack the history of nutrition in medicine in Australia. To be eligible for consideration, the task requires the submission of a blog article which covers…

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Do your PhD on the History of Nutrition in Medicine
The Dos and Don’ts of Influencing Policy

The Dos and Don’ts of Influencing Policy

Dr. Lauren Ball is the  Executive Member of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care and in this week’s newsletter, the following reading recommendation was provided. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE This high level article talks about influencing policy through research, which is something we all strive to achieve. The recommendations seem quite basic, but we seem to have been presented with somewhat of a conundrum. After recently being involved in providing advice to the Queensland Government roadmap for reducing obesity,  the advice was commissioned through a third party and did not involve any real-time discussion with named people in government, nor did they know my name, only my label as an expert academic in the field.  This raises the question of how academics can better communicate with…

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Should Dietitians be benchmarked?

Should dietitians be benchmarked? We recently asked dietitians if they would feel comfortable in sharing de-identified patient data to support national data collection on the effectiveness of dietitians. It was published across two articles: and these can be viewed in their entirety in the links below. Click Here to view Article One Click Here to view Article Two I was shocked  (maybe I shouldn’t have been) that dietitians were extremely worried about the prospect of sharing data outside of their own practice. Not because of ethics or data governance or security issues, but because they were worried that they would appear to be ineffective compared to others. Ironically, nearly all the dietitians we interviewed had this same view, suggesting that dietitians may lack confidence in their own efficacy to provide dietetic…

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Should Dietitians be benchmarked?