Presented by leading dietitians, you’ll learn the latest on nutrition for pregnancy, fussy eating, gut health and change-provoking conversations – plus, you’ll earn 3.5 hours of CPD! And that’s not all – we’re also running a complementary virtual yoga class the morning of the symposium to really make your day. Plus, your symposium ticket includes access to the virtual networking break and morning tea snacks*, supported by Carman’s.

Virtual yoga class to kickstart the morning

With Fiona Sutherland

Join none other than dietitian and yoga teacher, Fiona Sutherland, for an optional free virtual yoga class from 8.30am-8.55am on the morning of the symposium, just before our first speaker takes the stage. All you need to do to is don some activewear and a roll out your yoga mat and you’ll have a peaceful, mindful morning before some top-notch professional development.

Fiona Sutherland is Director of The Mindful Dietitian. She has been practising as a Dietitian for over 20 years primarily in the areas of eating behaviour, eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition and education/training. Fiona is a committed Health At Every Size ® and Non Diet Dietitian, and is most passionate about supporting & educating Health Professionals to develop skills and insight into working with clients from a body-inclusive lens. She is host of the Podcast “The Mindful Dietitian” and a Sports Dietitian, consulting at The Australian Ballet School and national sporting organisations. Fiona also teaches across Masters Level Dietetic training programs at several different Universities in Melbourne a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

Main Event 9am-1pm:

Nutrition for pregnancy: What you need to know
Melanie McGrice

This presentation will discuss:
– The impact of Early Life Nutrition in genetic programming to reduce the risk of future disease and help give the developing baby a head start in life
– Current statistics on adherence to dietary guidelines in pregnancy
Key dietary messages for pregnant mothers
– Common barriers to achieving nutritional adequacy during pregnancy, and
Practical strategies for improving your patient’s dietary intake during pregnancy.

Melanie McGrice is a dietitian with a special interest in fertility, pregnancy and infants. She is the founder of Nutrition Plus which provides resources about Early Life Nutrition to health care professionals and their clients. She runs the ‘Nourish with Melanie’ YouTube channel, the online dietary prog ram ‘8 simple steps to a healthy pregnancy diet’ and is an ambassador for Compassion’s ‘Mum’s and Bub’s Nutrition Clinics’ with the Nutrition Plus team sponsoring one in Tanzania. For more information see

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Overcoming fussy eating throughout childhood: putting enjoyment back into eating
Dr Amy Lovell

In this webinar, Amy will discuss the expected growth and development of children throughout childhood and adolescence, including development of feeding skills, taste and digestive maturation and critical nutrients throughout key periods of growth. From this, Amy will identify expectations versus reality, how picky or fussy eating manifests in children and adolescents, when it becomes an issue that warrants intervention, the wide scale of intervention options, tips to understand family meals times, and the role of the dietitian in this setting. She will also dissect recent evidence in this area of early childhood nutrition and how we interpret and translate the findings into clinical practice.

Dr Amy Lovell completed her PhD research in Nutrition at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2019. She is currently working there as a Lecturer in the Discipline of Nutrition. Amy is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian (NZRD) and Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and is currently involved in a large randomised controlled trial evaluating the effect of a prebiotic food introduced in the complementary feeding phase on infant gut health and immunity. Amy also has a particular interest in early childhood nutrition and fussy eating behaviours and is passionate about ensuring children have the best start to a lifetime of eating.

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How to have conversations with clients that actually lead to change
Lyndi Cohen 

If humans were robots, healthy eating and consistent exercise would be easy. But given that our clients are real people – whose lives are complex and busy – a healthy mindset is key to your clients succeed. Lyndi will share practical ideas to help you navigate the trickier but essential conversations needed to help your clients shift their mindset to healthier thinking. The outcome is that your clients will have better health outcomes, helping to make your work feel more rewarding and fulfilling.

Lyndi Cohen is most commonly known as The Nude Nutritionist. She is a regular on Channel 9’s TODAY show, founder of the Keep it Real Program, the Back t o Basics App and best-selling author of The Nude Nutritionist book. Her work is centred around helping people, especially women, feel good in their bodies and realise that health is not about buying expensive superfoods or obsessing over food. She promotes a stripped-bare, back to basics approach to her Instagram following of more than 110k people, encouraging the simple things that all dietitians love like eating more vegetables and letting go of the food guilt. Within dietetics, Lyndi’s main interests are in behaviour change, compassionate counselling, promoting positive body image and preventing and managing eating disorders.

Gut and mood: Practical dietary applications to support patient gut & mental health
Nicole Dynan

Nicole will cover the science of gut and mood and provide practical advice for navigating the challenges of a gut-healthy diet in different patient populations. Some topics she will cover include:

  • A look at the state of mental health and dietary patterns in Australia
  • Mental health and inflammation
  • Dietary improvement as a treatment strategy in depression
  • The role of prebiotics, probiotics, and nutritional supplementation
  • Increasing dietary diversity in different patient populations in practice, including those wanting to maximise their wellbeing, those on a Low FODMAP Diet or those on a Food Chemical Elimination Diet
  • The role of non-diet therapies to combat mood disorders

Nicole Dynan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Sports Dietitian. She specialises in gut health and food intolerance and is one of a handful of dietitians in Australia with qualifications in dietetics and psychology. Nicole is known as ‘The Gut Health Dietitian’ and runs a corporate nutrition service and private practice in Sydney for ‘The Good Nutrition Company’, which she founded in 2012. Nicole is a guest lecturer for The University of Sydney & University of New South Wales and is a media spokesperson for Dietitian’s Australia. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Nicole worked in chronic disease management for Merck, Sharp & Dohme pharmaceuticals.

The science vs the hype of gut health
Dr Joanna McMillan

The gut and the microbiome remains a hot topic in research and in the media, but how much of the hype is backed up by science? This session will give you an overview of the emerging science on the interplay between the microbiome and health, and delve into topics such as fermented foods and drinks including kombucha, polyphenols, fibre and is leaky gut really a thing and can you heal it? What’s hype and what’s science?

Dr Joanna McMillan is a PhD qualified Nutrition Scientist, Accredited Practising Dietitian and one of Australia’s favourite and most trusted health & wellbeing experts. Jo has a natural ability to translate complex science into simple, everyday messages that engage; benefiting the wellbeing of audiences across all media platforms; be it broadcast, print or in front of a live audience. A regular on television, she has hosted Gut Revolution – a three-part series on ABC’s Catalyst; she also appears regularly on Channel 9’s Today Show, 7 & 9 News and Studio 10, and across a variety of radio networks, online and print publications. She is the founder of Get Lean – an online lifestyle change program and she has authored several books including her latest, The Feel Good Family Food Plan.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I access the symposium?
After you purchase your ticket, sit tight! You will receive the link and password to join the live symposium and yoga class in the reminder email we will send you 12 hours prior to the start of the live event.

How do I access the yoga class?
You will receive the link and password for both the yoga class and the live symposium in the reminder email we will send you 12 hours prior to the start of the live event.

What format is the symposium?
There is an optional 25 minute yoga class from 8.30am-8.55am, hosted by dietitian and yoga teacher, Fiona Sutherland.
The first session will comprise of three speakers from 9am-10.40am, followed by a combined 20-minute Q&A session.
There will then be a 30-minute virtual networking tea break, followed by our final two speakers from 11.30am-12.40pm and another combined Q&A session.
The symposium will wrap up at 1pm.

I can’t make the day, will I have access after the release date?
Absolutely. Your symposium ticket gives you access to the full recording, which is available for four weeks following the live event. Please note the yoga class will not be recorded.

What’s the cost?
The symposium costs only $49* (AUD).  

When does registration close?
Registrations and tickets close at 3pm (Syd/Melb time) on Wednesday 28th October 2020.

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