Linking Diet and Disease Conference
- : West Lakes SA 5021
It’s easy to list foods in our diet and say whether they’re good for us or not, right? But – is it true? Is good or not true for all of us? And in what context, specifically? And, most importantly – WHY? As a population, we need to ask; how exactly is diet linked to disease? The growing relationship between chronic illness and food means that, increasingly, nurses are required to know how and why a person’s health needs to change. Modern thinking now suggests that striving to improve health is no longer as simple as “input versus output”. Attend this conference to learn how diet and disease are actually linked. Find out how you can realistically enable your patients to improve their health. Discover:
- Why everything we put in our mouths is within our control
- The brain’s response to an “obesogenic” environment
- How the gut microbiome is connected to health
- How successful medicines are for weight loss
- Getting “buy-in” from patients who resist change and much, much more…
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introductory Comments
Susan Norrish and Tracey HillThe Diet that Triggered an Eating Disorder – Discussing Diet and Exercise Safely
Before we explore the links between diet and disease, we must remember that a rising number of the population are at risk of developing an eating disorder when diet, exercise, and weight are put under the microscope. Eating disorders are a complex set of illnesses that have both significant (and often chronic) effects to the mental health and physical health of the sufferer. This introductory session sets us up to further explore the links between diet and disease in a harm minimising, holistic, and contemporary fashion. It includes:
- What are eating disorders?
- Who is at risk of having an eating disorder?
- What are the consequences?
- How can we discuss diet and exercise in a safe manner without “triggering” disordered eating?
Kate SecombeLinking the Gut Microbiome and Health
The gut microbiome, a collection of trillions of mostly bacterial microorganisms, is increasingly being recognised as an integral part of the body. More is being revealed about this forgotten organ, especially in relation to the interplay between the gut and health. This introductory session will explain what helps and what hinders the development of the gut microbiome. It includes:
- How is the gut microbiome connected to health?
- How is the gut linked to disease?
- What can disrupt gut health?
- Why does the gut influence our mood, weight, and ability to sense pain?
- What does this mean for our patients?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonWe Are What we Eat – But What Influences Us?
We are responsible for moving the hand that feeds us, and thus it is our ultimate responsibility to make a choice about what goes on our fork. Do we actually know what we need to be doing and, if so, why are we getting it so very wrong? Learn what influences the nutrition decisions we make, from marketing, dieting, the weight control industry, to the mighty dollar. It’s time to consider:
- Health and food literacy – how we know what is right and wrong
- Financial factors and time – the actual time and cost of convenience food
- The magic of marketing…
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson50 Shades of Fat – The Pathology of Obesity
Modern thinking suggests that it’s not just diet that causes disease. It’s not just food that lays down fat. Many factors create an “obesogenic” environment. Put simply, these environments encourage unhealthy foods and discourage activity. Along with psychological and biological input, our genetics, gut, and fat cells all send messages to the appetite and satiety centres in the hypothalamus. Could it be here that some of the damage is done? It’s time to dismantle the pathology of obesity. This session explains:
- What an “obesogenic” environment looks like
- How our genetics are implicated and what environmental factors have altered our genes
- What is happening in our gut and how it responds to certain nutrients
- Neuropeptides – the suppresses and stimulators of appetite
- The brain’s response to these factors
- Finally, how this cascade can explain:
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic syndrome
- the development of type II diabetes mellitus
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Amelia PilichiewiczDietary Approaches to Improving Gastrointestinal Symptoms
There is a range of gastrointestinal-related symptoms that may benefit from certain nutritional approaches. However, with so much pseudo-nutrition advice available for consumption, how can we assess which approaches may best manage certain symptoms? This session considers the evidence behind these nutritional approaches and looks at how they support the management of:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Amelia PilichiewiczFad Diets – Sorting Fact from Fiction
Fad diets are very popular, especially as they are often endorsed by celebrities. However, do they actually lead to permanent weight loss or do they contribute to an ongoing spiral of ill health? This session will assess the following diet modification approaches and consider their relative merits. It includes:
- Low-fat approaches
- Low carbohydrate approaches
- Ketogenic diets
- 5:2 diet
- Paleo diet
- Very low-calorie diets (VLCD)
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonGetting “Buy-In” from Your Patients
Many nurses feel a shared sense of frustration that despite the health education they provide, patients resist taking this advice and making changes to their health. Are we going about health promotion in the wrong way? Are our needs being met rather than our patients? Sometimes we may be too eager to provide useful, practical tips to our patients. Despite our best intentions, are we failing to see what matters most to our patients? Is it time to use our reputation as one of the most trusted professions to go back to basics and build meaningful relationships with our patients? From here, anything is possible, right? Let’s discuss:
- The power of unconditional positive regard
- How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
- Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
- Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour
Jane CollinsA Practical Guide to Childhood Obesity
The epidemic of childhood obesity is having a profound impact on children’s health. Paediatric obesity is one of the strongest predictors of obesity in adulthood. This session considers the importance of addressing obesity in children with an evidence-based, holistic, and family-centred approach. It also includes a look at a South Australian integrated clinic specifically set up for 10 to 18-year olds. Topics to be discussed:
- How does childhood obesity differ from adult obesity?
- How is it measured?
- How can we engage with parents and children?
- What services are available?
- Why is a family approach essential?
- How can nurses make a difference?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Sue EdwardsMedicines that Affect Weight
Various medicines have a known side effect of weight gain. Conversely, certain classes of medicines are used for weight loss. This session considers the important relationship between medicines and obesity and considers:
- Why do some medicines have the side effect of weight gain?
- Which medicines are most likely to cause weight gain?
- How does obesity affect the absorption, metabolism, and excretion of medicines?
- What medicines are safe and effective forms of treatment for weight loss and for which populations?
- What is the evidence behind over-the-counter weight-loss medicines?
Jane CollinsBariatric Surgery – Weighing up the Pros and Cons
Bariatric surgical procedures are increasingly being used as methods for weight loss. However, when are they indicated, which type, for who and why? This session will provide an overview of the surgical approaches to weight loss and include some of the pros and cons of various common procedures. It includes:
- What are the indications for surgery?
- Who are the best candidates and who should avoid surgery?
- How do the different types of surgery vary?
- What is the best way to discuss weight-loss surgery with a patient?
- What are key aspects to supporting patients across the perioperative period?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Natalie ParlettaLinking Food and Mood
Fascinating research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. It is acknowledged that changes in mental health – such as stress or anxiety – can affect our dietary behaviours. However, we are now beginning to also understand how better-quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent mental health conditions. With nutrition widely accepted as a key aspect of personal and professional wellbeing, it’s time to look at the relationship between nutrition and mental health. This session includes:
- What’s the connection between the brain, addiction studies, and what we eat?
- Diet and depression – is there a link?
- How about stress, sugar, and saturated fat?
- What are some simple approaches to introducing better nutrition and more activity into your routine?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonThe Nurse Health Coach
Are you someone who gets a real kick out of seeing a patient have an “ah-ha!” moment? Do you have an amazing ability to connect well with patients? Have you ever thought about putting your talents to good use and becoming a health coach? We, as nurses, wear many different hats in our role and health coaching is now seen as an increasing part of nursing and a potential new horizon for nurses to explore professionally. This final session will open your mind to the possibility of being a “Nurse Health Coach” and how you can apply your passion for your patients to help guide them towards better health.
4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
The established connections between chronic illness and food mean that, increasingly, nurses are required to explain these connections and engage with patients to meaningfully improve their health. This ability to recognise and act on clinical indicators of impaired health as a result of diet is becoming a key feature of modern nursing. Nurses need to demonstrate nutritional literacy to assist a person to improve their health outcomes and, importantly, to prevent and in some cases treat their disease. As people, often with the same questions and struggles as their patients, there’s a timely need time to empower nurses to help themselves in order to help others.Purpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to examine the link between diet and disease and integrate this knowledge into nursing practice in order to improve health outcomes for patients.Your learning outcomes:
Understand the broad links between certain foods and chronic illness to explain them to your patient
Use the data from a nutritional assessment to assist in the identification and improvement of a patient’s health status
Explain simple approaches to weight loss and maintenance to your patients to assist them to overcome barriers to weight loss
Combine holistic nursing and health coaching principles to engage with patients and enable them to improve their health outcomesPresenters
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a Registered Nurse and has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated commitment ... Read More
Amelia Pilichiewicz is an accredited practising dietitian and sports dietitian (SDA provisional), having completed degrees in both science (honours, PhD) ... Read More
Sue Edwards is a senior clinical pharmacist with the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS) and also a private consultant ... Read More
Dr Natalie Parletta is an adjunct senior research fellow at the University of South Australia and a freelance writer and ... Read More
Kate Secombe is a PhD candidate in the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group within the University of Adelaide. She has an ... Read More
Jane Collins has recently become a certified bariatric nurse – the first nurse in South Australia to complete the ASMBS ... Read More
Susie Norrish has spent the last 11 years working as a mental health nurse, specialising in the area of eating ... Read More
Tracey Hill qualified as a registered nurse over 30 years ago in the UK, working as a mental health nurse ... Read More