Non NSA events

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.

Cognitive Health—the critical role of diet and lifestyle

WHEN: 15 November 2017
WHERE: Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga NSW

Four experts in plant-based diets and lifestyle are presenting a half-day seminar for dietitians and health professionals.

~ Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos: Mediterranean diet and a healthy brain.
~ Dr Ross Grant: Biochemical processes linking lifestyle to healthy brain function.
~ Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM: Opposition to accepted dietary evidence.
~ Dr Darren Morton: Food and other evidence-based ways to improve mood.

See the event flyer HERE for more information  and details on how to register.

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.

International Conference on Nutrition & Growth

WHEN: 1 - 3 March 2018
WHERE: Paris, France

N&G 2018 will provide a unique platform for discussing the interplay between nutrition and growth in children, from disease factors through to treatment. We look forward to welcoming you to N&G 2018 – the 5th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together pediatricians, nutritionists, neonatologists, experts in child development and other specialists to discuss the challenges of the interplay between Nutrition and Growth in the pediatric age group. The meeting will enable the exchange of ideas and knowledge between the different disciplines for facilitating research and clinical interdisciplinary collaborations focusing on nutrition and growth.

Abstract deadline: 10 October 2017.
More information HERE 

The 5th International Vitamin Conference 2018: Vitamins & Well-being– From Womb to Tomb

WHEN: 8 – 10 August 2018
WHERE: InterContinental Hotel, Sydney, Australia

On behalf of the local organising committee, we would like to invite you to Sydney, Australia, to attend the 5th International Vitamin Conference to be held from 8-10 August 2018 at the beautiful and historical InterContinental Sydney. It will be an outstanding scientific program that includes oral presentations, lectures and poster sessions. It will feature a number of world-class speakers and bring together hundreds of experts from academia, public health research institutes and the health industry, across the globe.

Topics include:
~ Role of vitamins in pregnancy and the first 1000 days
~ Vitamins for optimal health through all life stages
~ Impact of vitamin deficiencies on chronic disease
~ Vitamins to promote healthy ageing
~ Emerging knowledge on less explored vitamins
~ Food vitamin methodology
~ Economic impact of inadequacy in the diet, fortification of foods, and use/abuse of supplements.

More information in the flyer HERE and online HERE