Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference

What’s possible?


Sunday 11 – Tuesday 13 July 2021

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference is moving to 100% virtual

With the continued concerns over COVID-19 implications in Melbourne, the Dietitians Australia Board and the 2021 Conference Management Committee have decided to transition to a completely virtual conference. 

Running a safe event for everyone is our highest priority, and a virtual conference is the safest way to deliver the meaningful and rich research material promised to attendees.  

Dietitians Australia are in the fortunate position to have planned for this very scenario, and are currently working with event organisers, sponsors, and presenters to ensure the very best value from the virtual conference program. 

Stay tuned for further updates.  

The conference program is now available

Click the button below to view the interactive program. 

Please note the program is subject to change.

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 welcome reception full of fun!

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. The conference dinner that evening will be themed around the world as we celebrate our diverse community. The dress code is semi-formal, and we encourage you to come dressed 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.

Lina Breik
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

Why attend?

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, delegates can network with other attendees and connect with sponsors and exhibitors using the networking functions within the virtual conference platform.

Virtual registrations include live online access to all conference sessions for your selected days as well as on-demand access to recordings of conference sessions for three-months post-conference.

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