Workshop & Seminar Program

Workshops and seminars are available to registered Conference delegates and will be held on Monday 12 August, Tuesday 13 August and Wednesday 14 August. Minimum and maximum numbers apply to all workshops. Those workshops and seminars for which minimum numbers are not met may be cancelled and delegates will be notified via email. Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Monday 12 August 2019, 11:00 – 13:00

Chronobiology: The science & cases in clinical practice

Speakers/Facilitators: Cameron McDonald

Who should attend?

APDs in clinical practice who are dealing with clients aiming for improved general health, chronic disease prevention and management, particularly those who experience non-responders/clients who aren’t experiencing improvement despite adhering to healthy nutrition guidelines.

What are the learning outcomes?

– Understand the basics of chronobiology from a metabolic, physiological standpoint – genetics, epigenetics & endocrinology

– Learn the interaction of nutrition and chronobiology with a focus on chronic disease management, weight loss and quality of life in those wanting to be ‘well’

– Know how chronobiological considerations are made and utilised within clinical practice through case studies

What are the participant requirements?

Student dietitian or APD.

Celebrating culture: adopting a strengths-based approach in nutrition and dietetic practice

Speakers/Facilitators: Amanda Cole, Tracy Hardy, Aunty Dale Chapman, Noell, Burgess, Jennifer Browne, Stephanie De Zilva, Kani Thompson & Amanda Cole, Kani Thompson, Robyn Delbridge & IAHA representative

Who should attend?

This is an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through food and stories and to participate in lively discussion and practical activities with passionate, knowledgeable presenters. It is an opportunity to build stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities by enhancing knowledge, skills and understanding. 

What are the learning outcomes?

Understand the evidence, impacts and benefits to adopting a strengths-based approach in your practice. Be able to differentiate between strengths-based and deficit discourse in practice and reframe practice towards using strengths-based approaches. Value and embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge as part of culturally responsive practice

What are the participant requirements?

Come with an open mind and willingness to learn and share knowledge about the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the impact of deficit discourse

Enhancing Multidisciplinary Teamwork through Effective Communication

Speakers/Facilitators: Sophie Hogan, Sharon Carey

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals working with other disciplines in the healthcare setting

What are the learning outcomes?

Learning outcomes
1. Participants will understand their own strengths and how this influences interactions with other people.
2. Increased awareness of other team member’s strengths to therefore improve management of professional relationships.
3. Increased understanding of traits associated with personality, age and gender and how to effectively communicate with different individuals based on their background
4. Increased awareness and understanding of different coping mechanisms and emotional intelligence. Participants will learn how to use strategies such as the ‘graded assertiveness’ approach to ensure tasks are completed or evidence based practice is accomplished
5. Understand how teamwork can be enhanced by using effective communication strategies outlined in this workshop

What are the participant requirements?

Participants will need to have some experience working within a multidisciplinary team.

Electronic Health Records - Hints and Tips to maximise the opportunities

Speakers/Facilitators: Angela Vivanti, Jan Hill, Michelle Palmer, Jordan McCamley, Larissa Evans, Breanne Hosking

Who should attend?

Colleagues, decision makers and influencers changing to an electronic health record in the next 2-3 years.

What are the learning outcomes?

How to approach the change to electronic health records to positively shape how dietitians do business, improve workflow and demonstrate patient and organizational outcomes.

What are the participant requirements?

No specific requirement.

Nutrition and age-related macular degeneration: putting the evidence into practice

Speakers/Facilitators: Prof. Vicki Flood, Diana Tang, Bronwyn Eisenhauer, Diana Tang.

Who should attend?

Dietitians who have a clinical role, either in community, acute care settings, or in private practice, in particular where the clients are middle aged and older.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. To increase knowledge of scientific evidence of nutrition and age-related macular degeneration.
2. To be able to apply the scientific evidence into practical guidelines and tips for people at risk of, or with age-related macular degeneration.
3. To increase knowledge of food products important for healthy eyes, for example knowledge of which foods are best sources and how to improve bioavailability of lutein.

What are the participant requirements?

Dietitians/ nutritionists or student dietitians.
Willingness to participate.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: management beyond weight loss

Speakers/Facilitators: Dr Helen Parker, A/Prof Graeme Macdonald, Dr Shelley Keating, Dr Ingrid Hickman.

Who should attend?

Those engaged in health management for obesity, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, or who want to upskill in these areas.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will learn: the definition, prevalence and aetiology of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; scientific evidence behind the current and emerging treatment options for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, including available surgical, dietary and exercise therapies; dietary guidance for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

What are the participant requirements?

There are no specific requirements for participants.

Dietitians as prescribers: where are we now, where can we go?

Speakers/Facilitators: Dr Katrina Campbell, Prof Lisa Nissen (QUT), Liza-Jane McBride (Queensland Health), Alan Spencer

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of interest to dietitians in management and clinical practice, including private practice, educators and policy makers. We will cover what it would take to build a workforce of professionals credentialed in prescribing for scheduled medicines and the steps involved in navigating the legislative and jurisdictional processes.

What are the learning outcomes?

This seminar will feature a series of presentations and opportunities for interactive group work exploring the requirements for non-medical prescribing in Australia and scoping the value proposition for Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) in Australia to prescribe scheduled medicines.

What are the participant requirements?

So come ready to discuss if there is a role for prescribing by Dietitians. This includes determining the Value Proposition if the profession of Dietetics were to take on extended scope into scheduled medicines prescribing. Share experiences of prescribing by dietitians in practice and workshop ways to address local barriers to full scope activities such as prescribing nutrition support and non-scheduled medicines.

Help! My Client Is Pregnant! 5 Key Dietary Considerations for pregnancy

Speakers/Facilitators: Melanie McGrice, Nicole Moroney, Larissa Telfer, Leah Stjernqvist, Catherine Chong

Who should attend?

What are the learning outcomes?

Do you feel prepared if your client told you that she was pregnant? If you work in private practice, you need to be prepared to deal with all sorts of unexpected dietary complications and conditions, including pregnancy.
Join us for this 2 hour interactive workshop to learn:
The importance of Early Life Nutrition
– To be updated on the most recent guidelines for dietary-related pregnancy topics
– How to calculate weekly pregnancy weight gain goals
– How to determine the best nutritional supplement for your pregnant client

What are the participant requirements?

No prior knowledge or experience is required. Bring your questions about prenatal nutrition to ask our panel.

Empowering children in clinical and research settings

Speakers/Facilitators: Nicole Saxby

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning more about how to engage and empower children

What are the learning outcomes?

– Develop a broad understanding of childhood development for children from ages 0 to 11 years
– Gain an understanding of the importance of working in a health care triad (i.e. child, caregivers, and clinicians) and relationship-focused practice
– Gain an understanding of the biopsychosocial model of health
– Demonstrate how to effectively communicate, engage and empower children in a developmentally appropriate way
– Be able to identify the core differences between research in adults and in children

What are the participant requirements?

– Enthusiasm
– A willingness to play with Lego!

NDIS: Effective report writing using functional outcomes

Speakers/Facilitators: Aimee Mcleod, Renae Reid, Shannon Butler

Who should attend?

– APDs who provide services to NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) participants
– Dietitians in the hospital or community health setting who may need to assist NDIS-eligible participants to request funding for dietetic services or nutrition support products

What are the learning outcomes?

At the completion of the workshop, dietitians will be able to:
– Understand the differences in language between clinical reports and NDIS reports • Understand the differences between NDIS supports and Health system supports
– Be able to include participant goals in NDIS report writing
– Evaluate effectiveness of dietetic intervention using functional outcome whilst still addressing clinical outcomes
– Write effective NDIS therapy reports

What are the participant requirements?

Attendees should have a sound understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Tuesday 13 August 2019, 10:45 – 12:45

13:45 - 16:15 - How to Translate Research into Practice to generate change in healthcare settings

Speakers/Facilitators: Dr Ingrid Hickman, Dr Adrienne Young, Dr Katrina Campbell, Dr Shelley Wilkinson and Dr Prue McRae

Who should attend?

Dietitians in clinical practice, managers and educators. Those interested in learning about how to translate evidence into clinical practice.

What are the learning outcomes?

– Develop an understanding of what TRIP is and the steps involved

– Familiarise with resources and tools to assist you and other in undertaking TRIP

– Engaging peer and expert input into developing a project plan to complete your own TRIP project.

What are the participant requirements?

A pre-workshop survey will be distributed to help guide facilitators discussion panel. Come ready to workshop through the steps of TRIP with a theoretical example to implement evidence into practice.

Get your message heard! Writing and posting to reach your audience

Speakers/Facilitators: Sally Moloney, Brooke Longfield, Clare Collins and Chloe Mcleod

Who should attend?

Are you a Dietitian wanting to increase your presence on social media, or the effectiveness of your written communication? This seminar is for you!

What are the learning outcomes?

Come along and learn to:
– Identify words / phrases / writing styles to use and avoid when communicating with consumers in blogs / print media
– List things to consider for images, hashtags and text to maximise engagement on social media, with a focus on Instagram.
– Describe the types of messages, including target audiences, that work best on social media, with a focus on Instagram.
– Adapt messages for different platforms and audiences.

What are the participant requirements?

This seminar is suitable for those with an interest in communicating through social and print media.

Enriching Client Outcomes in Mental Health (2): Looking beyond your current practice!

Speakers/Facilitators: Josephine Pizzinga (APD)

Who should attend?

Given the prevalence of mental health concerns, this workshop is extremely relevant to both new and experienced dietitians working in clinical, community and private practice settings. Dietitians are well equipped to support the management of nutritional and cardio-metabolic risks associated with such mental health conditions, and should be aware of the potential challenges in working towards lifestyle change faced by these clients. Presented by the Mental Health Interest Group, this workshop will focus on advanced clinical communication, counselling and motivational skills to improve positive health outcomes in this client group and explore and expand on ideas in the Mental Health Plenary Session.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. Increased confidence in effective communication with clients with mental health concerns

2. Increased confidence with motivating clients with mental health concerns to engage in lifestyle changes

What are the participant requirements?

No specific requirements, relevant to most dietitians working in clinical practice. Participants would benefit from having attended or watched the 2018 Workshop (add weblink) and attending the Mental Health Plenary session at the 2019 DAA Conference.

Setting priorities for dietetics University curricula research

Speakers/Facilitators: Claire Palermo

Who should attend?

Nutrition and dietetics practice educators, academics, course/program directors/coordinators, education researchers, workforce planners.

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
1. Explore current and emerging trends in dietetics university curricula.
2. Determine priorities for dietetics university curricula research.

What are the participant requirements?

Participants will be expected to understand the current and future challenges in dietetics university curricula and therefore contribute to the preparation of the future dietetics workforce in their work role.

Dietarty practice; using the arts and creativity to enhance dietetic care

Speakers/Facilitators: Michelle Livy, Casey Conroy, Ju-Lin Lee

Who should attend?

Dietitians working in the area of:
– Behavior change, nutrition education, health promotion, mental health promotion
– Have an interest in using creative methods to enhance dietetic care

What are the learning outcomes?

1. To gain knowledge and skills in the use of the arts, creativity and art-making in dietetic practice, particularly in relation to behavior change, nutrition education and health promotion.
2. To experience art-making itself, as a means to gain insight into its use.
3. To explore facilitation skills, evidence, boundaries, opportunities and limitations regarding art and dietetics.

What are the participant requirements?

Prior to the workshop, reflect upon a nutrition, lifestyle or well-being goal you would like to achieve within your life. You will be supported to engage in art-making to help explore and fulfil the goal.
This will be a relaxed and experiential workshop, with the opportunity for creativity, self-reflection and self-care. Please wear clothes suitable for art-making.

Food Allergy Update – Putting current evidence into practice

Speakers/Facilitators: Ingrid Roche (APD), Dr Merryn Netting (PhD, Adv APD), Vicki McWilliam (Adv APD), 

Who should attend?

Dietitians working in general areas of practice that have food allergy as part of their workload.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. To gain an understanding of current research and best practice management of food allergy as practiced by key allergy centers around Australia.
2. To update knowledge and skills in nutritional management of patients with new and emerging food allergy conditions.

What are the participant requirements?

If no prior experience or knowledge in food allergy, then completion of the free ASCIA online training module for food allergy would be helpful Participants will be provided with a Dropbox link to key references for the workshop activities.

Best practice food and nutrition in Early Childhood Education and Care - opportunities for Dietitians

Speakers/Facilitators: Dr Rebecca Byrne, Ros Sambal, Kaylah Schroeter, Dr Penny Love

Who should attend?

Practitioners and researchers working with educators, families and children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services (Long Day Care, Family Day Care and Out of School Hours Care.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. Identify where and how they can support the ECEC National Quality Standards regarding food and nutrition for young children
2. Understand the scope and objectives of the National Nutrition Network – Early Childhood Education and Care (NNN-ECEC) and how the network can support them in practice and research.
3. Identify opportunities for Dietitians to extend their services within ECEC services at local, state and national levels

What are the participant requirements?

Have an interest, actively work or intend to work with the ECEC setting either at the individual, community or systems level.

Scoping New Horizons: where could a career shift take you?

Speakers/Facilitators: Glenn Cardwell, Fiona Willer, Michelle McCracken

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for all dietitians including early career dietitians as well as experienced dietitians who may be interested in exploring new horizons and different areas of practice as a dietitian.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. Gain practical tips on how to start or shift your career into a new area of nutrition and dietetics, for example, clinical to community, industry to clinical, clinical to public health, private practice with media or industry consulting.
2. Hear case studies from thought leaders in nutrition on how they started their career or made a career shift and the challenges and successes they had along the way.
3. Provide MEAC with feedback on how DAA can better support APDs to develop and pursue their career aspirations.

What are the participant requirements?

Participants are required to attend the workshop in person and contribute to group discussion. There will be time for participants to engage with experienced APD mentors during the workshop.

Be the Expert in their Email

Speakers/Facilitators: Kate Agnew, Maree Ferguson

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for dietitians who are business owners, private practitioners and dietitians working and/or interested in the communication and marketing space.
As evidence-based professionals competing with “self-proclaimed experts”, effective and regular communication is essential to maintain your voice. Email marketing done right provides a cost-effective and efficient way of increasing engagement, acquiring new customers and ensuring evidence-based messages. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to leverage the power of email communication, and what you need to get it right. Walk away with tactics to strengthen design and content and effective ways to increase subscriber / receiver engagement. This workshop includes group discussions and activities; case-studies with real-life examples and results.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. Explain why email marketing is still relevant and essential to any marketing strategy
2. Identify the steps to creating successful email marketing campaigns
3. Walk away with actionable steps to create winning emails and engaging your audience

What are the participant requirements?

Nil – requires no prior knowledge/experience

A 101 Guide to Collaborate, Research and Publish

Speakers/Facilitators: Dr Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Dr Elena George, Dr Paige van der Pligt, Prof Sarah McNaughton

Who should attend?

Dietitians interested in initiating research in a clinical, private or tertiary setting. Students interested in or undertaking research projects or courses.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will be guided through the process of planning research, designing a study, creating collaborations, applying for ethics, managing the challenges of real-life research, disseminating results and receiving funding.

What are the participant requirements?

An interest and passion for research.

The changing nature of aged care - funding, future and food!

Speakers/Facilitators: Annette Byron, Julie Dundon, Marjo Roshier-Taks, Anne Schneyder

Who should attend?

Dietitians who provide services in aged care homes and the community.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will
– identify which of the new aged care standards are relevant to food and nutrition systems
– identify how nutrition relates to funding models in aged care
– analyse the proceedings of the Royal Commission with respect to food and nutrition
– identify approaches to making recommendations to providers in light of the Royal Commission andnew Aged Care Standards.

What are the participant requirements?


Wednesday 14 August 2019, 13:30 – 15:30

Addressing sugary drinks is everyone’s business! What dietitians can do to promote healthy choices

Speakers/Facilitators: Dr Penny Love, Dr Rachel Boak, Ju-Lin Lee, 

Who should attend?

Dietitians from all sectors interested in the relationships between sugary drinks and health outcomes. Including those working in community or clinical dietetics practice, general practice, health promotion, oral health, policy, research and teaching.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. Overview of the key evidence on sugary drink consumption and health outcomes
2. Understand the public health context to sugary drink consumption (food system, food security, social gradient and the social and commercial determinants of health)
3. Knowledge of case study examples of existing initiatives addressing sugary drink consumption (Eg ‘nudge’, ‘tax’, ‘education’, ‘changing the environment’, and other initiatives).

What are the participant requirements?

The workshop will provide brief presentations from a range of invited speakers to present on the key evidence and on their own intervention work. There will be facilitated conversations between the invited panel members. Participants will also be encouraged to join the conversation to provide their own comments, experiences and questions.

Food allergen management in food service: Towards best practice in Australian hospitals

Speakers/Facilitators: Ingrid Roche, APD, Maria Said, CEO Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, Dr Merryn Netting, Adv APD

Who should attend?

Dietitians working in food service. This workshop will focus on the hospital food service setting, but learnings may also be applied to other food service setting for vulnerable populations.

What are the learning outcomes?

1. To gain an awareness of current tools available to assist with food allergen management in foodservices.
2. To assess a menu for nutritional adequacy when allergens are excluded (using DAA and National Allergy Strategy Menu Assessment Tool)
3. Improve dietitian’s skills in assessment and improvement of food allergen management practices in the hospital food service setting.

What are the participant requirements?

The online food service training “ALL About Allergens” would be useful for participants to complete as well as the ASCIA food allergy e-training for dietitians (
Participants will be provided with links to all resources required for the workshop.

Pairing students on clinical placements – ideal placement model or more work?

Speakers/Facilitators: Emily Williams

Who should attend?

Health professionals involved in the training and education of Dietetic students, including teaching academics, clinical educators, and supervising/preceptor dietitians.
Collaborative or Peer Assisted Learning (groups of 2 or more students complete placement activities), can be applied to any setting, however this workshop focuses primarily on Medical Nutrition Therapy placements in the clinical setting (hospitals, outpatient, private practice).
Those with some prior experience with student supervision are likely to benefit the most from this workshop

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will be able to
– Understand the different models and approaches to clinical education for dietetics
– Describe the advantages and disadvantages of peer assisted learning
– Identify how peer assisted learning can be applied to different aspects of dietetic placements
– Develop an individual plan for a peer assisted learning placement for their institution or site

What are the participant requirements?

Some pre-reading would benefit participants. Participants will work in groups to contribute to discussions and ask relevant questions of a panel of experts to support the application of knowledge to practice.

Considerations in navigating a patient through Critical Care

Speakers/Facilitators: Lina Breik (APD)

Who should attend?

This workshop is for dietitians who have some experience or an interest in working within Critical Care. The aim of the workshop is to navigate through nutritional and non-nutritional considerations that influence dietetic practice within a Critical Care hospital setting.

What are the learning outcomes?

– To develop an understanding of the nutritionally relevant key bodily changes that occur in critical illness .
– To explore the key areas of an ICU nutrition assessment.
– To gain an understanding of the ways the ICU medical and nutritional interventions intertwine.
– To learn about the various leadership, research and quality improvement opportunities an ICU dietitian can initiate.

What are the participant requirements?

Engage in activities and group discussions.

Advanced APD - Getting it Right

Speakers/Facilitators: Melissa Knox

Who should attend?

This workshop is for potential Advanced APD applicants, especially those who are in the early stages of self-assessment and are about to embark on their application, or those who have commenced their application but would like some guidance.

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of the workshop, participants will:
1. Have a good understanding of the background to the development of the new application template and guidelines
2. To gain insight into successful applications
3. To conduct a self-assessment against the competency requirements
4. Be underway with their own application

What are the participant requirements?

This workshop is for potential Advanced APD applicants, especially those who are in the early stages of selfassessment and are about to embark on their application, or those who have commenced their application but would like some guidance.
The purpose of this workshop is to increase application numbers and help to dispel the perceived barriers around the AdvAPD application and assist with brainstorming examples. By the end of the workshop, participants will:
1. Have a good understanding of the background to the development of the new application
template and guidelines
2. To gain insight into successful applications
3. To conduct a self-assessment against the competency requirements
4. Be underway with their own application

Enhancing Graduate Employability and the Future Dietetic Workforce

Speakers/Facilitators: Lauren Williams, Lana Mitchell, Marie-Claire O’Shea, 

Who should attend?

This workshop is targeted to those who have a key interest in dietetic graduate employment, including employers of new graduates, academics at university programs credentialing dietitians and new graduates themselves. Graduates able to demonstrate their competence and showcase their unique skills to potential employers will hopefully have an advantage in the current competitive employment market. Employability focuses on the ability of students to obtain a job within a specified time period, and includes aspects such as displaying core attributes and skills and a willingness to learn.

What are the learning outcomes?

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Define employability and how it relates to the Nutrition & Dietetics workforce;
2. Describe a variety of employability initiatives that have been implemented within a Nutrition & Dietetics University program;
3. Discuss how employability initiatives can be embedded or strengthened within University programs to make graduates more workforce ready.

What are the participant requirements?

Participants are required to have an interest in education and employment in dietetics.

Dietitians and fresh produce a match made in heaven – nutrition research seminar and food tour

Speakers/Facilitators: Lisa Yates Adv APD, Nicole Senior APD, Glenn Cardwell APD, Belinda Neville APD, Sharon Natoli APD, Catherine Saxelby APD, Jemma O’Hanlon APD, Rebecca Gawthorne APD, Teri Lichtenstein APD 

1) Seminar: Wednesday 14 August, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

2) Food Tour: Thursday 15 August, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm * the food tour is an additional cost and is offered to attendees who register for the seminar on a first come, first served basis. Only 50 spots available!

Come and learn about the latest horticultural research from our peers consulting to Australian horticultural industries during the seminar. Then for a bit of fun take the optional full day food tour the day after the conference. An air conditioned coach will take you on a winding tour through the beautiful Tweed Valley/ Northern Rivers region (40 minutes south of the Gold Coast). We will stop at a number of farms and orchards sampling their delights as we go. We’ll end the tour watching the sunset with a gin & tonic made with Australian native botanicals before driving back to the Gold Coast with a stop at the Gold Coast Airport.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning more about the health benefits of fresh Australian produce, how they are grown around the Northern Rivers region and the challenges farming families face.

Anyone who loves tasting fresh food!

What are the learning outcomes?

Gaining up to date nutrition knowledge on various fresh horticultural produce items for inclusion in dietetic practice.

Broadening dietitians understanding of fresh produce production – growing, harvesting, storage, reduction of on farm waste and impacts of climate change.

What are the participant requirements?

The seminar can take 72 delegates however the food tour will only take 50 (first come first served) so book into the Food Tour as part of your registration so you don’t miss out.

The Food Tour will occur the day after the DAA Conference on Thursday 15 August, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Cost: $ 159 incl. GST

We will stop at Gold Coast Airport on the way back so you can bring your luggage with you, but some delegates may need to stay an extra night. We will return after some flights have left, especially connections for Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. See at the end for some flight information and you are encouraged to check your flights before booking into the Food Tour. Also consider if you will need extra nights’ accommodation and where that will be. The Coach will return to the convention centre.

Those on the Food Tour will need a minimum level of fitness but we will be on farms and walking through orchards with uneven ground. Delegates will need to wear enclosed shoes preferably boots and be aware your shoes/boots will need to be treated when on the banana plantation to prevent the spread of disease. (In other words don’t wear your Jimmy Choo’s!)

Delegates will also need to bring a bottle of water, hat and sunscreen and conference bag.

If you have special dietary requirements make sure you tell us when you register.

If you have nut allergies, be aware we will be visiting nut orchards so bring your epipen with you.

Food Tour information

Your tour guides are:

  • Lisa Yates, AdvAPD has worked for, and consulted to, the Australian horticultural industry and their PR agencies for 15 years (onion, avocado, prunes, dried fruit, nuts, papaya, persimmon, lychee, apple/pear) and is currently consulting with The Australian Onion & Prune Industries. As you know she loves to organise things and has a passion for produce!
  • Anne Briggs is currently the Executive Officer of the Australian Pecan Growers Association and formerly Executive Officer of Northern Rivers Food.

For all the details on the two hour seminar read further below but let’s be honest you’re most interested in the Food Tour!

We can’t wait to take you around this heavenly area and share in its edible delights! Each stop will take 45 minutes with 90 minutes over lunch.

We’ll start by catching the coach at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and a short ride to a sweet potato farm in Cudgen where Jeff and Frankie Lindstrom will share how sweet potatoes are farmed and you’ll get a sweet potato to take home. Then onto Duranbah where we will visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries Horticulture Banana Trial Block. Matt Weinert Industry Development Officer for Bananas is excited to share all his knowledge about bananas and in particular new cooking bananas! We’ll grab a regular banana here to have with morning tea at our next stop Madura tea at Clothier Creek. Here we’ll stop for a cup of new lemon myrtle tea and learn how tea is grown and harvested. Madura tea have only just started opening their door so this will be a fascinating experience. Next stop is Tweed River Pecans in Murwillumbah where our hosts David and Kay McNaught will share insights in soil nutrition and regenerative farming. The pecan trees will be sleeping in August but there’s still lots to see and hear.

Next it’s onto Tropical Fruit World where we’ll take a tractor train around the property for a 45 minute tour of all the exotic fruits they grow. Then a delicious salad lunch which includes sampling seasonal exotic fruits for dessert. You can digest your lunch on the coach during the 40 minute trip to beautiful Byron Bay and Brookfarm Macadamias. Here’s we will tour one of Australia’s most loved macadamia farms and taste their fabulous range of macadamia products with Martin and Pam Brook as our hosts. Then it’s just a short walk down the hill to Cape Byron Distillery where we will finish up. If time, we can take a rainforest tour, see Davidson plums growing (& the other Australian native foods that make up the botanicals in Brookies gin) and it’s back to the balcony to watch the sunset with a G&T in hand. Depending on how fast we can get you all back in the bus, it’s a straight 45 minute trip to the Gold Coast Airport arriving at around 6:00 pm and back to the Convention centre by 6:30 pm.

Are you feeling excited? Is your mouth watering yet?

You will be visiting and tasting your way around the Northern Rivers region, meeting and greeting the growers, experience their highs and lows of farming, and picking up nibbles, samples and lunch along the way. It’s an all inclusive price so you don’t need to pay for anything else unless you want an extra G&T at the distillery!

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  • Anyone wanting a Canberra, Adelaide or Perth flight will need to stay another night in Gold Coast as not back in time for flights leaving at 4:00 pm
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Dietitians and Horticulture – Match Made in Heaven Seminar

The seminar is free as part of your DAA 2019 conference registration but you will need to book in when your register for the conference online.


To update dietitians on the latest health benefits of specific fresh horticulture produce.


Learn about new nutrition and health research on various fresh horticultural produce items.

Consider how this knowledge can be incorporated into dietetic practice and used to encourage Australian consumption of fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Evidence base for Workshop/Seminar content (where appropriate)

Each speaker will provide an evidenced based presentation (10mins) on a new area of research for each horticultural produce item.

Paediatric disability: fundamentals of assessment and intervention

Speakers/Facilitators: Aimee McLeod, Charity Spalding

Who should attend?

– Dietitians who are new to the field of paediatric disability
– Dietitians who have been out of the field for some time and wish to refresh their skills and knowledge

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of the workshop participants will be better able to:
– Understand inclusion and be inclusive of the child with disability in their assessment
– Understand social complexities that can exist within families of children with disability
– Conduct an appropriate physical assessment and interpret growth charts for children with disability
– Estimate macronutrient requirements for children with disability
– Complete a basic nutrition assessment and appropriate intervention plan for a child with disability
– Plan appropriate monitoring strategies based on the individual needs of the child and family

What are the participant requirements?

Participants should have a sound knowledge of general paediatric dietetics to gain the most from this workshop

Evidence-based practice: Introduction to the Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) system of evaluating evidence using GRADE

Speakers/Facilitators: Judy Bauer, Natalie Stapleton

Who should attend?

Dietitians and students wanting to learn more about how PEN uses the GRADE system of evidence analysis
and application to dietetics practice

What are the learning outcomes?

At the end of the workshop participants will gain:
– Knowledge of what is GRADE and where it is being used in the PEN system
– Understanding of the GRADE terminology and recommendations
– Understanding of the steps in how PEN is using the GRADE system of evaluating evidence
– Awareness of the application of the GRADE system to dietetics practice

What are the participant requirements?

Engage in discussion and activities

Interested in Attending?

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Key Dates

Abstract Submission:

Workshop/Seminar Submission:

Early Bird Registration:

Early Bird/Author Registration Deadline:
12 June 2019

Standard Registration Open:
13 June 2019

Conference Dates:
12 – 14 August 2019

Hosted By


Conference Managers

Arinex Pty Ltd
DAA 2019 Conference Managers
Arinex Pty Ltd
ABN 28 000 386 676
Level 10, 51 Druitt Street, Sydney
NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9265 0700
Fax: +61 2 9267 5443