Non NSA events


ASMR Medical Research Week

WHEN:  1-9 June, 2017
WHERE: See website, events differ in each state
COST: Varies by event

This annual event occurs in the first full week in June and features:

  • the ASMR medalist tour
  • public outreach events
  • career events for high school and tertiary students
  • schools visits
  • an on-line schools quiz
  • scientific meetings
  • professional development programs for medical researchers.

For more information please click HERE.


LiveLighter Victoria: Talking to patients about weight loss - Intensive training course

WHEN: 24 June 2017 (Sat) or 5 October 2017 (Thurs)
TIME: 9am - 4.45pm
WHERE: Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
COST: $150

The Heart Foundation and Cancer Council Victoria run the LiveLighter campaign in Victoria -  a public health education campaign encouraging Victorians to lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink.

More information on the training course can be found HERE.
To register click HERE.

Note: Places are limited to 20 participants.


4th National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

WHEN: 7 - 8 August 2017
WHERE: The Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland

The conference focuses on the specific issues of eating disorders and obesity, the co-relationship within the context of mental health, the challenges surrounding public health in our current and future population and the role of physical health in maintaining our positive wellbeing.

Subject topics to be addressed include:

  • dietary approach
  • understanding attitudes
  • health promotion
  • making and breaking habits
  • psychological strategies
  • weight management
  • mental illness.

Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, the 2017 program will include presentations from Featured Speakers, multiple specialist sector speakers within concurrent streams, panel discussions and poster presentations.

See HERE to submit your abstract by April 21 2017.


Short course on Lipid analytical and oxidation

WHEN: 11 September 2017
WHERE: Château Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA

As a part of the AAOCS biannual meeting (from 11-13 September 2017), this short course aims to bring a variety of international and local speakers to discuss the latest in science and technology in the analysis of lipids and oxidation while providing basic and practical information that is relevant to manufacturing, regulatory affairs and analysis of edible oils.

Gerard Bannenberg and Adam Ismail from GOED (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3) will be the highlight of the course. Their presentations are vital viewing for all omega 3 producers, manufacturers and marketers.

In addition, there will be a series of presentations covering new analytical methods of oil that will cover edible oils (such as grain and olive oils), new developments using Raman spectroscopy and measuring lipid mediators. A practical look at measuring oxidation and oxidation through refining edible oils will complete the program.

For more information see HERE.


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.


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.


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.