Malnutrition Week ANZ Webinar Series 2020

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About the speakers:


Malnutrition screening in hospitals

This webinar showcases the use of an electronic system to improve malnutrition screening and assessment compliance, comprehensive monitoring of patient nutrition risk factors including intake vs requirements and enhance staff efficiencies.

Sally McCray is the Director of Dietetics and Foodservices at Mater Group; she holds an Honorary Associate Professor position at Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland and an Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor with Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. She is an accredited practicing dietitian (APD) and has worked clinically in a number of hospitals publicly and privately in Australia as well as in Canada as an R D. She is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of a large and diverse team of research, professional and operational staff across adult, maternity and paediatric acute care facilities of the Mater group in Brisbane, her particular research interests in innovative foodservice models and management of malnutrition and has published in international peer-review ed journals. Her current focus is utilising software solutions and data analytics to harness the power of data to inform decisions, improve operational efficiencies and achieve clinical dietetics excellence across her teams.


AuSPEN update: Nil By Mouth – a slippery slope to hospital acquired malnutrition

AuSPEN is the leading professional society for a multidisciplinary approach to clinical nutrition, promoting high standards in the practice of parenteral and enteral nutrition for both inpatients and outpatients. AuSPEN aims to provide educational, clinical and research opportunities for clinicians working in the area of nutrition support. This has also included a number of key clinical documents and research projects including development of a model of care in home parenteral nutrition, guidance on exclusive enteral nutrition and the nutritional management of COVID-19.

Dr Sharon Carey is the Manager of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and has also been working as a gastrointestinal specialist Dietitian for over 15 years. She is currently the Secretary for the Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; co-chair of the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation Home Enteral Nutrition committee; and is a clinical Senior Lecturer within the Dietetics Program, University of Sydney. She currently holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Translating Research Into Practice Fellowship to address excessive fasting of patients in the acute hospital setting.



Key approaches in diagnosing malnutrition

Malnutrition in the hospital setting remains an issue globally. Diagnosis is a key step in identifying the malnourished individual and guides intervention strategies. Various diagnostic criteria are available for diagnosing malnutrition. This webinar will highlight and review the three common diagnostic constructs; subjective global assessment, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/ASPEN and the Global Leaders hip Initiative in Malnutrition.

Ainsley Malone is currently a Clinical Practice Specialist with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), an organization dedicated to safe, efficacious and high-quality nutrition care.  Ms. Malone is also a Dietitian member of the Nutrition Support Team at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where she is involved in the management of patients requiring enteral and parenteral nutrition.  Ainsley is a leader in malnutrition related activities both nationally and internationally.  She served as a representative to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Malnutrition Workgroup and also served on the 2017- 2018 Ohio Malnutrition Prevention Commission whose charge was to address malnutrition in the older adult across all Ohio settings.


Dietitians NZ update

Details coming soon



Management of malnutrition in hospital and post-discharge

This challenging presentation will highlight, using a combination of local and international data and case examples, why dietetic services need to shift comprehensive nutrition care beyond hospital strongholds.

Dr Jack Bell is an advanced dietitian, a conjoint Principal Research Fellow with University of Queensland and Metro North Hospital Health Service, and a current MRFF TRIP Fellow. As an implementation scientist, Jack currently works with teams across Queensland and Canada to implement systematised, interdisciplinary malnutrition care in hospitals. As a member of the Queensland Clinical Senate and Metro North Clinical Council Jack advocates for high-value healthcare and better work/life balance.

Dr Jack Bell did not receive any funding for this webinar.



Dietitian led management of patients with gastrostomy tubes

Lisa Murnane is a senior dietitian and Nutrition Support Lead at Alfred Health, Melbourne. As part of this role she leads the enteral and parenteral service, and is a credentialed PEG dietitian allowing her to manage or change gastrostomy feeding tubes. Lisa specialises in nutrition support for upper gastrointestinal surgery patients and is undertaking a PhD in the area of sarcopenia, malnutrition and the nutritional consequences of oesophagogastric cancer surgery.




Older adult malnutrition in the community setting: strategies to support nutritional care

In the past decade there has been an increasing interest in how to promote health and well-being of older adults, especially as frailty is being demonstrated to be an important factor in healthcare use. Nutrition is paramount to maintaining independence and managing comorbidity and acute infections. Yet, primary care providers and community programs are limited in their knowledge of the issues and how nutrition of older adults can be supported. This webinar will provide an overview of the issues that can impact food intake of older adults and how they can be supported through integrated primary care and community services.

Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. She is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric nutrition, assessment, and treatment. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation projects, including the landmark Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals, More-2-Eat and Making the Most of Mealtimes in Long Term Care studies. Professor Keller has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and translates much of this evidence into practice with tools and resources. As a founding member and past chair/co-chair (2009-2018) of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, she is involved in translating research into practice and advocating for improvements in nutrition care. She is currently the chair of the primary care working group for CMTF and involved in several national and international expert groups advancing the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition.



Maree Ferguson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, founder of Dietitian Connection and is an internationally renowned nutrition and dietetics expert. She was previously the Director, Nutrition and Dietetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Prior to this, Maree worked at an international medical nutrition company in the United States. She has held leadership positions both within the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association). Maree developed the Malnutrition Screening Tool to identify patients at risk of malnutrition. Her innovative malnutrition screening tool has been implemented in many hospitals worldwide.





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Click here to go to the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Store for the hand grip strength toolkit as discussed in Ainsley’s presentation (scroll to the end of the page).


Webinar Slides:

Click here to download a copy of Sally's slides

Click here to download a copy of Sharon's slides

Click here to download a copy of Ainsley's slides

Click here to download a copy of Jack's slides

Click here to download a copy of Lisa's slides

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Continuing Education (USA)
Duration5 hours
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