Non NSA events

India conference

International Conference: Compliance in India across food value chain-challenges and future road map

WHEN: 11 - 12 May (Thurs - Fri)
WHERE: New Delhi, India

Participants in the conference are corporate leaders, academics, scientists, senior bureaucrats and political leaders. More than 100 foreign delegates are expected to participate in the conference. This conference is of national importance to bring new a regime for 'Ease of doing business' - to attract the FDI, technology and R&D in the food sector.

We look forward to having the business leaders (from technology, FDI and R&D in the food sector) from Australia and New Zealand to represent the region.

View the conference brochure HERE and register HERE.


MedEd 4 Everyone | Feed your brain

WHERE: Melbourne
WHEN: Saturday 13 May 2017
TIME: 2pm-5pm

The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine is launching a series of public nutritional medicine education lectures – MedEd 4 Everyone. In the first program, leading nutritional medicine experts will discuss the connection between nutrition and digestion and mental wellbeing. After each speaker there will be time for questions from the audience.

ACNEM is launching the MedEd 4 Everyone series to make it easier for the public to have access to information from leading nutritional medicine experts - the series is perfect for both the public and health professionals to attend.

'Feed your brain' will feature 4 speakers:

  • Warren Maginn - a renowned Clinical Nutritionist, college lecturer and speaker will discuss the gut/brain connection.
  • Dr Felice Gersh (USA) - recipient of numerous awards and renowned international lecturer, researcher, author and specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, will talk about the sex hormone/brain connection.
  • Professor Ralph Martins - recognised as a world leader of research into Alzheimer’s disease, will talk about 'Preventing Alzheimer’s now'.
  • Professor Felice Jacka - pioneer of a highly innovative program that examines how diet and lifestyle behaviours interact with the risk for mental health problems. Hear her discuss 'Food, mood and mental wellbeing'.

For more information visit MedEd Facebook Page. To register click HERE.


Brain Health for Better Life Outcomes, The 7th Science of Nutrition in Medicine Conference

WHEN: 13-14 May 2017
WHERE: Melbourne
Join leading experts in Brain Health as they discuss groundbreaking concepts, clinical trials, treatments, prevention and practical application. Keynote speakers include:

  • Associate Professor Felice Jacka
  • Associate Professor Ross Grant
  • Professor Jerome Sarris.

The ACNEM Science of Nutrition in Medicine Conference is a must for clinicians wanting to learn about emerging scientific research and how it may translate to improving patient outcomes in clinical practice.
For all conference details, including the speakers list and to register, visit
Register by 31 March 2017 to receive an early bird discount and save up to $100!

FAMS 2017

The Second Food Allergen Management Symposium 2017 (FAMS2017)

Includes the Second Asia Pacific Food Allergen Management Workshop

WHEN: 21-24 May (Sun - Wed)
WHERE: Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia

FAMS2017 provides a unique opportunity for food industry, researchers, dietitians, clinicians and consumer groups to come together to address the needs of the food allergic consumer. In bringing together a diverse mix of key stakeholders, the FAMS2017 program will allow information sharing, new learnings and stimulate collaborative and innovative approaches to the future harmonisation of food allergen management.

The Second Asia Pacific Food Allergen Management Workshop aims to build on the increased awareness and improved communication of best practice food allergen management from the highly successful First Workshop in November 2016, in Shanghai, China.

Who should attend?

  • food companies
  • analytical services
  • dietitians and nutritionists
  • food scientists and technologists
  • regulatory agencies.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION closes on 14th April 2017 (11:59pm AEST)
REGISTER NOW  - Early bird registration closes 31 March, 2017 (11:59pm AEST)

Details at the symposium website HERE


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.


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.


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.


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.