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Doing nutrition better: a fresh approach

Extend your practical knowledge of nutrition with our one-day workshop

Two thirds of Australians are now living with obesity or are overweight. Many are on fad diets that don’t work and might even be harmful, and others try unsuccessfully to follow official dietary guidelines. Why is it so hard?

Traditional approaches to nutrition in Australia are failing. This workshop will present a new approach to nutrition and examine why we find it so hard to follow nutritional advice when modern food environments exploit and work against our biology. Armed with this understanding, we will discuss methods to deliver nutritional behaviour change.

Date: TBA 2020

The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first session, Professor David Raubenheimer, professor of nutritional ecology and nutrition and Charles Perkins Centre Nutrition Theme leader, will discuss a new view of nutrition, and show how it has been used to understand dietary choices and their consequences in many non-human species.

He will then explain how this approach has allowed for a new understanding of important issues in human nutrition, including the causes of obesity and the link between diet and ageing. He will also explain why highly processed foods are problematic, the benefits of some traditional dietary patterns, and hidden dangers of some popular fad diets.

The second part of the day will be led by Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, professor of dietetics and Charles Perkins Centre Project Node Leader. Margaret's session will provide a practical approach to incorporating behaviour change techniques to support dietary habits of individuals and populations. 

Whether you are interested in your own diet, developing skills in face-to-face counselling or in using or designing websites and apps to reach a larger community, this program will offer new insight and a real world and interactive approach for implementing it.

By attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • gain a clear overview of the need for interdisciplinary thinking in nutrition
  • recognise the importance of nutrient-specific appetites
  • understand how nutrient specific appetites interact with human food environments to influence health
  • recognise behaviours that need to be changed for better nutrition
  • identify behaviour change techniques that address dietary habits at the individual and population level

This is one of the most popular workshops at the Charles Perkins Centre and places are limited.

"Both speakers were engaging, knowledgeable and talented. The content was presented in an engaging manner with strong visuals. I learned so much."

"Plenty to think about how to best apply in my role as a clinician. Very clear explanations by both speakers."