Heart to Heart Breakfast Symposium: Women and Heart Health

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Please note this recording expires at 5pm on the 19th of May 2021 (Syd/Melb time).
US dietitians: 1.5 CE from CDR. To obtain your CEU certificate/certificate of attendance, click the ‘Get it now’ button and follow the prompts to register. Then go to your Dashboard on your Dietitian Connection account and download the certificate for this webinar.

About the symposium:

Did you know heart health is the leading concern amongst Australian women and more than 1 in 3 adult women have elevated cholesterol (1, 2)? In the lead up to Heart Week 2021, you’re invited to our online Heart Health Symposium to learn the latest heart health science. You’ll explore the unique heart health challenges women face with Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp and learn about the Heart Foundation’s work in translating evidence into practical resources and tools from dietitian Maria Packard. You’ll also get creative in the kitchen with Academic and culinary nutrition advocate Emma Stirling as she showcases easy-peasy heart-healthy breakfast ideas and recipes.


In this symposium, you will:

  1. Hear expert insights on women and heart health
  2. Learn tips for managing key heart health risk factors
  3. Explore heart healthy diet and lifestyle principles for women across the life stages
  4. Learn practical cooking tips in a heart-healthy culinary demonstration
  5. Gain resources and tools to use in your practice
  6. Participate in an interactive Q+A


About the speakers:

Dr Nikki Stamp is one of eleven female cardiothoracic surgeons in Australia. She has a strong desire to change the way we think about health and is committed to raising awareness of women’s heart disease, currently the number one killer of Australian women. As a strong advocate for heart health, Nikki hosted Heartbeat: The Miracle Inside you on ABC’s flagship science show Catalyst, and is the author of books – Can You Die of a Broken Heart? and Pretty Unhealthy. Nikki regularly appears on television as an expert commentator and has written for many print and online publications. She was nominated for Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year – Game Changer and one of Harper Bazaar’s Women of the Year for 2017 as well as one of Time Out Sydney’s 40 Under 40 and Mamamia’s Inspirational Women You Can Look Up To. Nikki is a passionate advocate for women achieving in domains that are traditionally dominated by men and is a strong advocate for the importance of self-care and work life balance.


Maria Packard is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 25 years’ experience. As part of the Heart Foundation’s food and nutrition team she currently leads the organisations culinary nutrition area. Her diverse role at the Heart Foundation has focused on food supply policy, advocacy, evidence translation for consumer and professional education and nutrition communications. She has a range of experiences in various settings including public health, university, consultancy, private practice and sports nutrition. Maria has long held a strong interest in translating nutrition science into practical and useful messages and has been a media spokesperson for the Dietitian’s Australia for over 10 years. Throughout her career she’s undertaken an extensive number of interviews for various media outlets. Maria’s interests include cooking and eating delicious food particularly inspired from her travel experiences.


Emma Stirling, Advanced APD, is the Director of Scoop Nutrition consultancy and an academic specialising in food science, gastronomy and culinary nutrition. Emma is recognised as one of Australia’s innovative, entrepreneurial and leading Accredited Practising Dietitians in the areas of food and culinary nutrition and effective nutrition communication. An early pioneer of social media her blog Scoop Nutrition won the prestigious BUPA Best Healthy Eating Blog award 2014  along with establishing mentoring for over 30 dietitians andover 100 members of the Storehouse Blog Directory. She is a well-recognised media commentator and nutrition writer and recently published her first academic textbook, Understanding the Science of Food: From molecules to mouthfeel. Emma has recently joined ACU as Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator – Culinary Nutrition Science Lead.


US dietitians: 1.5 CE from CDR. CPD/CEU hours are applicable for Australia and New Zealand dietitians. Check your local country requirements to see if you can claim for continuing education.



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1. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020, Causes of Death 2019, cat. no. 3303.0, October.
2. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013. Australian Health Survey: Biomedical Results for Chronic Diseases, 2011-12, Australia, ABS cat no. 4364.0.55.005.


Professional Development
Duration1 hour
CPEUs Awarded1.5
Performance Indicators8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.3.1, 8.3.6