Dear esteemed colleagues,
It gives us great excitement to present to you your 2021 Dietitians Australia Conference! To quench our thirst for physical connection, whilst still providing the option to dial in from home, we are hosting this conference in a hybrid fashion. This is the first of its kind for DA, and we hope this new structure will particularly speak to our strong rural, regional, and overseas supports. After the success of the fully virtual plenary presentations in 2020, we are confident in this way forward and have a stellar programme awaiting you all in the name of: transformation, reinvention, and diversification.
In addition to the interactive robust workshops on day one, we have three main events. An inspirational line up of speakers for our emerging dietitian’s plenary, a panel of experts debating the topic of “what will we be eating in 2050?”, and a carnival themed welcome reception full of colour, a drag queen and food!
Day two will begin with an entertaining opening ceremony to formalise our gathering followed by an enticing lecture in honour, which we will leave as a surprise. The call to transform ourselves will be echoing in the halls of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as our speakers detail their experience in adapting to and managing in disasters. For some fun, the conference dinner that evening will be themed around the world as we celebrate our diverse community. You will get to boogie to the salsa and the Nutbush on the same dance floor in a cultural garment of your choice. And to celebrate our people, Dietitians Australia awards will be handed out that evening to some of our most outstanding dietitians.
To reinvent oneself is to appear entirely new. In keeping with this conference theme, Dietitians Australia is pleased to showcase our new conference format which will see two plenary sessions hosted on day three. In the morning, our speakers will walk us through how they paved the way for a new and better norm for themselves with practical tips for us to learn how to reinvent in our own environments. Leading into our final plenary for the conference in the afternoon, which will be a celebration of our diversity. With thought-provoking speakers, this session is aimed at guiding us all into reflecting on how we approach diversity in our colleagues, clients, leadership, and everyday life.
What’s possible when you transform? What’s possible when you reinvent yourself? And what’s possible when we embrace living and working in a such a diverse community? We hope to see you all in Melbourne in 2021.
Scientific and Social Program Committee Chair
Dietitians Australia (DA) is the peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals, representing more than 7,000 members around Australia and overseas. More than a professional association, we’re a strong and inspiring community. We’re committed to supporting our members, advocating for our profession and building healthier communities. DA and its members both research and deliver evidence-based information on food and nutrition locally, nationally and internationally. We recommend looking for the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential when choosing a dietitian. Their advice and support is solid and dependable, based on the latest science and tailored to each person.
Conference Management Committee
Glenn Cardwell, Board Member Responsible
Lina Breik, Chair, Scientific and Social Program Committee 2021
Robert Hunt, Chief Executive Officer
Sally Moloney, Marketing and Membership Administration Manager
Michelle Topham, Events Coordinator
Scientific and Social Program Committee
Dietitians Australia would like to extend our gratitude to the Scientific and Social Program Committee (SSPC) for their time and input throughout the year in organizing this virtual conference. We would like to acknowledge each member of the 2021 SSPC for their work in making this event a success.
- Lina Breik, Chair, Scientific and Social Program Committee 2021
- Glenn Cardwell, Board Member Responsible
- Rhiannan Cheng
- Zoe Davidson
- Varitha Kinghorn
- Nicole Kiss
- Tetyana Rocks
- Matt Snelson
- Jane Winter
- Georgia Woodfall
- Lisa Yates
- Michelle Topham, Events Coordinator
- Sally Moloney, Marketing and Membership Administration Manager
The Dietitians Australia conference welcomes Dietitians from across Australia and overseas each year to learn and network together.
The scientific program brings together a range of expert speakers and panels to present the latest research, case studies and practices centred around the conference theme of “What’s possible?” and incorporates the key academic themes of transform, reinvent, and diversify.
The program has been developed to offer something for all aspects of the profession, both clinical and non-clinical, across management, administration, education, research, advisory roles, communication, program development and implementation, regulatory roles, policy development, food service, food security, food supply and sustainability.
The move to a hybrid format in 2021, with both face-to-face and virtual sessions, offers professionals located in regional and remote areas the opportunity to attend the conference without incurring additional travel costs, and reduces their time away from work and family.
With networking breaks throughout the program, for both in-person and virtual attendees, networking opportunities are amplified by the social program encompassing both the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner functions.
We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne!
Melbourne is a city of possibility. With a vibrant food culture, world class sporting events and a thriving arts scene there is something on offer for everyone.
The capital of Victoria, Melbourne is as diverse as its multicultural heritage, resulting in a sprawling modern city that blends old and new, built and natural environment. There is plenty to explore in the city and surrounding suburbs, making Melbourne the perfect destination to add a few extra days, pre- or post-conference, to your visit.
Melbourne’s reputation for erratic weather, means there is always the possibility of sunshine just around the corner. Dress in layers to fit in with the locals, and make the most of the outdoor opportunities available.
The CBD is home to a network of laneways hiding boutique shops, ever-evolving street art and your new favourite restaurant or rooftop bar. The city centre offers free tram services including the tourist City Circle route which takes in the best of Melbourne’s historic and cultural landmarks.
Branching out from the city, Melbourne’s inner suburbs, are cultural hubs offering bustling markets, live music venues, public art, green spaces and the world-famous St Kilda beach.