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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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Opportunities for GPs to learn about nutrition are increasing!

Global nutrition – what can we learn to improve our health?

Global nutrition – what can we learn to improve our health?

As life expectancy across the globe continues to increase, so does our awareness of our nutrition and its impact on our health. Who wants to live to 100 but not be well enough to enjoy it, right?  Cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer are among the main influences on our health-span here in Australia.   Health-span is defined as the period of life that is healthily lived before the onslaught of significant functional decline.   Today, it seems we are forever researching new and inventive ways to spice up our diets in a way that will improve our health-span. Yet with the speed at which new fads are emerging and then disappearing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up. Nutrition and its links to our health have never been so…

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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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Doctors A Vital Source Amid Diet Confusion

By Dr.Lauren Ball Doctors are expected by patients to give dietary advice, to help with setting realistic weight goals and to give exercise recommendations. Yet, for various reasons, Australian doctors do not appear to be following recommended suggestions to monitor and manage obesity. The ability to give good general nutrition advice should be a central component of patient care. The three pillars of evidence-based practice are the integration of the doctors’ expertise with the patient’s values and preferences, and the judicious use of the best available evidence. The aim of this article is to address the question of whether doctors have the training and knowledge (expertise) to give nutrition advice; and what the “best available evidence” is in regards to nutrition. Do doctors have the expertise to give nutrition advice?…

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Doctors A Vital Source Amid Diet Confusion

Should Dietitians be benchmarked?

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…

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Is Diet Linked To Depression? This Research Confirms It Again

Source – Juliette Steen Is diet linked to depression? The research reveals risk indicators for depression, and poor diet is just one of them. When we’re sitting down to eat a meal, most of us don’t think about how food could affect our mental health. But more research is showing the connection between what we eat and depression, and new research has validated this. Using a first-of-its-kind ‘Risk Index for Depression’ to assess how different behaviours affect the risk of depression, the research found that our diet is the most important contributor to mental health, followed by other factors like sleep and exercise. The research, predominantly done through IMPACT SRC at Deakin University in collaboration with Swinburne University, confirms that depression is not caused by one simple factor or event, but rather various…

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Is Diet Linked To Depression? This Research Confirms It Again