Non NSA events


67th Australasian Grain Science Conference

WHEN: 20 - 22 September 2017 (Wed - Fri)
WHERE: The Rydges Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand

The 67th Australasian Grain Science Conference will bring together Australian, New Zealand and international scientific and technical experts under the theme ‘Grain Technology for Consumer Nutrition’.

Scientific sessions will be focused around the topics of:

  • grain breeding
  • process technologies
  • global product innovation
  • bioactive components
  • dietary fibres
  • starch modification
  • dough technology
  • consumer perception
  • human nutrition.

High profile speakers have been invited to present keynote lectures. Submissions for oral and poster presentations will be invited in these areas from March 2017. Regular updates of the program will be posted on the conference website HERE .

The Conference will start on Wednesday 20 September and will conclude after lunch on Friday 22 September. A pre-conference 'New Zealand Grains Symposium' at Lincoln University and post-conference 'Local Food Industry and Wine Producers Study Tour' will be offered. A Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening 20 September and a Gala Dinner on Thursday evening 21 September are planned.

Deakin Uni

Showcase of Nutrition and Dietetics Research at Deakin University

WHEN: 22nd September 2017
TIME: 1.30-5.30pm
WHERE: Level 2 Building BC, Burwood Corporate Centre, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria

Deakin University was the first university in Victoria to offer a course in dietetics and in 2017 we are proud to celebrate 40 years of sustained excellence in dietetic education, training and research. We invite you to join us for an afternoon showcasing Nutrition and Dietetics Research at Deakin.

For more details and to register please click HERE.


21st Brazilian Nutrology Congress

WHEN: 28-30 September 2017
WHERE: São Paulo, Brazil

The event is organized by the Brazilian Nutrology Association (ABRAN) and will take place at Frei Caneca Convention Center. ABRAN is a medical entity founded in 1973, dedicated to the study of food nutrients. Nutrients play a decisive role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of most of the diseases that affect human beings.

Conference themes include:

  • Food products in obesity
  • Food supplements
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Pre/probiotics and symbiotics
  • Functional foods
  • HDL cholesterol - how to raise?

For more information visit the website or ABRAN’s Facebook page .

Health Star Rating - Form of the Food (‘As Prepared’) Stakeholder Workshops


  • 28 Sept (Sydney)
  • 5 October (Auckland)
  • 12 October (Melbourne)


RSVP: To register see HERE, register as soon as possible as additional workshops may need to be scheduled.

The Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee is reappraising the form of the food (‘as prepared’) rules in The Guide for Industry to the HSR Calculator. The ‘as prepared’ provision has been raised by public health and consumer groups as a misleading ruling that needs to be addressed.

The purpose of the workshops is to consider the pros and cons of potential options to address the ‘as prepared’ issue in the context of the objectives and principles of the HSR system. A discussion paper will be considered at the workshops and will be made available on the HSR website prior to the Sydney workshop.

Food data

12th International Food Data Conference

WHEN: 11 - 13 October 2017
WHERE: Cultural Center of Science (C3) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This conference will encourage working together on improving food data composition usage and availability. Delegates will come from a broad range of disciplines including nutrition, economy and agriculture.

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Emerging tools for food composition data generation, compilation, evaluation and dissemination
  • Advances in food analysis and metrology
  • Bioavailabilityof micronutrients and bioactive compounds
  • Advances in database management including quality systems and standards
  • Food composition usage in programmes and policies in nutrition and health
  • Food composition usage in programmes and policies in agriculture and trade
  • Food composition, biodiversity and sustainable diets
  • Impact of processing and biotechnology on food composition, including yield and retention factors, effects of cooking
  • Impact of climate change and environment on food composition
  • Current activities on food composition at national, regional and international levels
  • Food matching.

More details HERE


Managing Gastrointestinal Disorders – The Practical Implications

WHEN: 14 October 2017
WHERE: Sprout Cooking School and Health Studio, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Adelaide

Work with clients with GI conditions but feel you’re lacking the practical skills to give the most to your clients? This event will build on your knowledge with interactive presentations on the management of IBD and IBS from a multi-disciplinary line-up. Lunch will include a hands-on, IBS–friendly cooking class by Sprout and trade and resource displays!


  • Mel Reid - APD
  • Lyndal McNamara and Dr Jane Varney - Research Dietitians, Monash Uni
  • Catherine Martin - Psychologist
  • Dr Hamish Philpott - Gastroenterologist
  • Prof Jane Andrews - Gastroenterologist, Head of IBD Department, RAH
  • Steph Gaskell - APD
  • Themis Chryssidis - APD, Director of Sprout

View the registration details and flyer HERE 
View the full program HERE
Register HERE 


MedEd 4 Everyone: Digestive Wellness

WHEN: 14 October 2017
WHERE: AMREP Education Centre Lecture Theatre, The Alfred, 89 Commercial Road, Melbourne
COST: $50 full price, $45 concession.
RSVP: To register click HERE.

The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine is pleased to offer a series of public nutritional medicine education lectures. Join us to learn about Digestive Wellness and hear from leading nutritional medicine experts as they discuss the connection between diet and nutrition and its impact on the health of your gut and general wellbeing.


  • Dr Elsa Gladigau
  • Emma Park
  • Britt Gardner
  • Dr Fiona Enkelmann

After each speaker, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Food structures

Food Structures, Digestion and Health International Conference 2017

WHEN: 24 - 27 October 2017
WHERE: Novotel Sydney Central

This international conference is focused on discussing how food interfaces with the body and how food can be designed to optimally perform throughout the GI tract to deliver health and well-being. Hosted by CSIRO, the conference presents a unique opportunity to bring together food industry professionals and world leading researchers from a diverse range of disciplines.

Program topics include:

  • Using models to design ingestion and digestion
  • Influence of food structure on taste release and transport
  • Functional food design beyond nutrition
  • Challenges from a food industry perspective
  • Food structure and the gut microbiome interface
  • The kinetics of food digestion
  • Designing foods for the future

For further information click HERE 

Abstract submission closes 30 June 2017
Early Bird Registrations close 10 September 2017

meetings international

Global Experts Meeting On Gastroenterology

WHEN: 13-14 November 2017
WHERE: Melbourne
THEME: Novel innovations in gastroenterology

Gastro Meeting 2017 will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in gastroenterology. World-leading practitioners, clinicians, educators and researchers will present cutting-edge and practical clinical techniques based upon widely accepted evidence and will introduce new and emerging research.

The main agenda is to provide a forum for all gastroenterologists, internal medicine specialists and hepatologists within the region to exchange ideas, discuss innovative methods and new developments within the field of gastroenterology. The program will present new and emerging topics, new medications on the market, innovative surgical techniques, the latest research outcomes and technological advancements in the field.

For more details about conference are available HERE.


56th ASMR National Scientific Conference: Science and Survival — equipping you with the tools to further your research career

WHEN: 14-15 November, 2017
WHERE: Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney

This ground-breaking event features an engaging and exciting new format encompassing both scientific sessions and career development workshops.

The 2017 NSC will provide insights into:

  • achieving scientific excellence
  • developing sound career strategies using the right tools.

This two-day meeting is expected to attract an audience of researchers from a wide range of disciplines with an emphasis on trans-disciplinary research.

Abstracts from all fields of health and medical research are welcome.

Key dates:
26 May - Registrations open
25 August - Early bird and oral abstract deadline
30 September - Abstract deadline for posters

For more information visit the conference website HERE.

university of Sydney

Obesity management workshop for health professionals

WHEN: 17–18 November 2017
WHERE: Level 6 Seminar Room Charles Perkins Centre D17, The University of Sydney
COST: Early Bird rates starting at $285 end 27 October and regular rates can be found on the program.
RSVP: Please register ASAP to avoid disappointment. This workshop books out fast and places are strictly limited.

With 25% of children and 63% of adults in Australia afflicted by weight problems, our nation’s health professionals have an urgent need to become experts in the identification and treatment of overweight and obesity. World obesity experts from the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute are pleased to offer an exciting, evidence- and case-based interactive two day professional training workshop that will bring health professionals up to speed on the latest practical ways to recognise when weight is a problem for their clients, and what to do about it then.

This workshop is aimed at licenced health professionals with clients who would benefit from weight loss, including:

  • general practitioners, physicians and surgeons
  • dietitians
  • psychologists
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • other allied health professionals such as pharmacists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists

See HERE for the program.

Click HERE to register.



Metabolic conditions, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, ACNEM training

WHEN: 23-26 November 2017
WHERE: Sydney
REGISTRATION: Click HERE, by 25 August 2017

This training is for you if you are interested in:

  • gaining an understanding of the underlying principles of metabolic conditions including insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease from a nutritional and environmental perspective
  • learning about pathology and cardiometabolic risk markers
  • exploring the link between the gut microbiome and cardiovascular disease.

Postgraduate and Early Career Nutrition Conference

WHEN: 24 November 2017
WHERE: Tamaki Yacht Club, Auckland, New Zealand

The Postgraduate and Early Career Nutrition Conference is an annual conference, first held in 2014, which aims to provide a supportive environment for student and early career nutrition researchers from around New Zealand and Australia to present research, network with other nutrition professionals and learn how to build a successful career as a nutritionist or dietitian.

The conference theme is around 'Collaboration'.

See conference flyer HERE.

For questions or suggestions please contact Harriet from the Organising Committee at


The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders Essentials Courses:

5 Day Eating Disorder Essentials

The ACFED 5 Day Eating Disorder Essentials course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. Learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help with eating disorders.
You will learn:

  • how to assess and conceptualise each disorder
  • how to build a comprehensive treatment plan
  • prioritising treatment strategies for over and under eaters
  • how to sustain change
  • the effects of dietary chaos on mood and physiology
    and more...

For dates and locations see HERE.

Psychological Approaches for Obesity 3 day course

The ACFED Psychological Approaches for Obesity 3 day course teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors clients may be experiencing.

You will learn about:

  • the mechanics of weight gain and weight loss
  • maintaining factors, a model for treatment
  • working with ambivalence - useful exercises and tests
  • motivational approaches
  • hunger and appetite in obesity
  • relationship issues, self-sabotage and collusion
  • mindset of obesity
  • emotional and comfort eating
  • dealing with plateaus
  • body image interventions.

For dates and locations see HERE.

Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator Course

ACFED are proud to offer this facilitator training course with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute. The two interventions covered in this two-day course have been developed and used at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute. The interventions are the outgrowth of a 16-year program of research on the risk factors for eating disorders by Dr Stice’s research team.

The course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups of young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19 years) and offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in thin-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.

This this course is a ‘Train the Trainer’ type course and would be ideal for school and college staff, youth workers, social workers, private practitioners who work with adolescents and those in community education.

For dates and locations see HERE.

More information about these courses and the ACFED Approved Practitioner Network can be found HERE or by phoning 0421 747 129.