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ASCIA Food Allergy and Adverse Food Reactions Course for Dietitians
Registration is now closed for the ASCIA Food Allergy and Adverse Food Reactions Course in Sydney, in Sydney 23rd-24th November 2023
The next course is scheduled for early May 2024 in Adelaide, South Australia.
This course has an interactive in-person program that is focused on medical nutrition therapy in food allergy and intolerance.
All registered delegates will go into a draw for a complimentary virtual registration for the ASCIA 2024 Conference Allergy Update for Dietitians on Friday 6th September 2024.
View the Program Summary here
Please complete the Registration Form here - places are limited
Registration Fees (AuD inc GST)
- $770 - DA, DNZ and ASCIA members
- $880 - Non-DA and non-ASCIA members
Payment can be made by credit card or EFT - please quote AFAC23 and your last name as the payment reference:
- Online credit card (VISA or MasterCard) https://www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/online-payments
- EFT - Account: ASCIA BSB: 012-243 Account No: 4047 14181
Registration includes catering for lunch, morning and afternoon breaks.
If accommodation is required, you will need to book this directly with the hotel or other accommodation provider.
This course is presented in an interactive case study format and has been designed for dietitians with an allergy caseload or wanting to upskill in food allergy and intolerance, who work in private practice, community and hospital-based dietitians. The course can also be used as a refresher if you are returning to practice within this area. The course is worth 24 CPD hours.
Pre-learning requirements include successful completion of the following free online ASCIA course, which can also contribute to CPD points:
This course has previously been held in conjunction with Dietitians Australia (DA) Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) in Melbourne (March 2023), Perth (September 2019), Brisbane (March 2019) and Canberra (September 2018). Due to high demand, (the Melbourne course was sold out), we are also planning to host the course in Adelaide and Auckland in 2024.
- Appraise the complexity of diagnosis and management of IgE mediated food allergy, non-IgE mediated food allergy and various presentations of food intolerance across the lifespan.
- Recognise the importance of collaboration with other HPs in the allergy care team for optimal patient care in food allergy and intolerance.
- Formulate appropriate and safe evidence-based nutrition care plans within the scope of practice, for patients with food allergy and food intolerance.
- Integrate reinforcement of medical management and practical skills regarding label reading, food preparation and eating away from home into patient management of food allergy, including the food service setting.
- Integrate available resources to enhance assessment, education, and nutritional intervention for patients with food allergy and food intolerance.
Kathy Beck is a paediatric dietitian working in private practice in Brisbane since 2015. Kathy has 30 years experience working as a dietitian in varied settings in the UK and Australia. Kathy has expertise in paediatric food allergy and a passion to support families living with food allergy. Kathy is an active member of the ASCIA Dietitians committee. In this role, Kathy works with ASCIA members to produce clinical and consumer resources, in addition to supporting other dietitians working in food allergy. Kathy enjoys scuba diving, ocean swimming and being on the beach when not working.
Wendy Birks is an allergy dietitian with more than 40 years experience, initially in adult hospitals, the community and finally The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for the last 16 years. Her main areas of expertise are allergy, feeding difficulties, having worked in the feeding clinic for 13 years and disabilities. Wendy works in two private practices specialising in allergies and sees a range of paediatric patients. When not working she is either running, bike riding, swimming, kayaking or playing tennis and golf. A love of food and cooking fuels her desire to travel and hike the world. Wendy is an active member of ASCIA.
Amanda Jackson is a clinical dietitian with over 14 years' experience, including 10 years working with adults with complex food allergies, intolerances, gastrointestinal conditions, and immune disorders. She is the senior dietitians in the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Department at Royal Melbourne Hospital and runs a private clinic at Melbourne Allergy Asthma and Immunology Consultants. In her current roles Amanda is involved in resource development, teaching, training and more recently project management for a multi-centre immunodeficiency research trial. Amanda is an active member of Dietitians Australia, ASCIA and sits on the healthcare advisory panel for the Immune Deficiency Foundation of Australia.
Anna Richards has a background in hospital and community dietetics and has been in private practice since 1997. Anna combines the passion of good nutrition with her passion for good food. Anna is well known for her specialist work in Allergy and Intolerance in children and adults. She works closely with Auckland’s key Allergy Specialists to care for clients all over the country and is a member of national and international boards and medical panels. Anna has specialist skills in paediatric nutrition and dietetics and a unique understanding of families and children’s nutrition issues.
Caroline South is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who works at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne as well as private practice. She has over 10 years' experience working in the area of paediatric food allergy and is passionate about providing practical and evidence-based advice to children and their families, as well as working with the hospital foodservice department to optimise food allergy management. Caroline is the Chair of the ASCIA Dietitians committee and is involved in resource development, education and training.
Marianne Tomlin is a Melbourne based APD, with extensive experience in childhood food allergies both in the UK and Australia. Marianne has a particular interest in feeding difficulties in children with food allergies and has recently established a new allergy feeding clinic at Monash Children's Hospital where she has helped set up the new paediatric allergy clinic service. Marianne also works privately from Kids Nutrition Clinic and Offspring Health. Marianne is the Deputy Chair of the ASCIA Dietitians committee. Out of work, Marianne is a keen cyclist and enjoys exploring Melbourne with her husband and two boys.
Other opportunities for upskilling dietitians include:
- ASCIA Associate (Dietitian) members are invited to regular ASCIA Dietitians Zoom meetings which include professional development
ASCIA e-training courses https://etraininghp.ascia.org.au/
To review services and benefits of ASCIA Associate membership go to https://www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/ascia-initiatives#p1
National Allergy Council (implementing the National Allergy Strategy)
- Allergy Aware website www.allergyaware.org.au is an anaphylaxis resource hub for schools and children's education/care (CEC) services
- Nip allergies in the Bub website preventallergies.org.au provides practical information about when and how to introduce the common food allergens to babies to help prevent food allergies.
- 250K school aged teen and young adult websites 250k.org.au provide practical information about how to manage food allergy including fun animations.
- Food allergy education website foodallergyeducation.org.au provides practical top line information about managing food allergies.
- Food allergy aware website www.foodallergyaware.org.au is a resource hub for food allergy management and links to resources from reputable organisations.
- Food allergy training website foodallergytraining.org.au hosts the All about Allergens online training which has been developed for all staff working in food service.
Bookmarks for the National Allergy Council programs listed above can be ordered free of charge from the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia shop https://allergyfacts.org.au/shop/nasr
Allergy & Anaphyalxis Australia www.allergyfacts.org.au
Allergy New Zealand www.allergy.org.nz
The purpose of the ASCIA Dietitians committee is to:
- Develop evidence based guidelines for the management of food allergy and intolerance
- Encourage practice based on this evidence amongst our colleague
- Act as a resource for ASCIA regarding the nutritional management of food allergies and intolerance
Content updated November 2023