Dietitians Australia 2022 Conference Program

Be bold. Get career inspired and discover the latest evidence-based research in nutrition and dietetics.

The conference themes: Nurture, Extend, Emerge promise growth in your professional capabilities, and in yourself.

The conference program is available to view. Click the button below to view the interactive program. 

Dietitians Australia is committed to showcasing the work of PhD students who submit outstanding abstracts, and Early Career Research Highlights are marked on the program with an *

Key Dates

Call for submissions opens: 11 November 2021
Call for submissions closes:
extended to 2 March 2022
Registration opens:
early May 2022
Early bird closes:
17 June 2022
Conference Dates: 14-16 August 2022

he 2022 Conference will be a hybrid event, offering both in-person and virtual attendance options.  We will be keeping abreast of developments provide updates as needed.

Plenary and Panel sessions

Emerging Plenary Pt 1
8:25am – 8:45am, Sunday 14 August 2022
Jennadene Smith – ‘Working as a dietitian in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’ Q&A session (facilitated by Annabelle Wilson)

Emerging Plenary Pt 2
8:45am – 10:30am, Sunday 14 August 2022
Rhea Bergmann – Dietitian and Psychotherapist, Mind-full of Food
Anne Schneyder – Dietitian, Nutrition Professional Australia
Natalie Mullins – Dietitian, Pod Dietetics
Join us for a line-up of inspirational dietitians, who have paved their way through to success, with their passion, creativity, and networking skills.

Approaches to eating, movement and life
10:45am – 12:15pm, Sunday 14 August 2022
Dr Fiona Willer – Dietitian, Health not diets
Fiona Sutherland – Dietitian, The Mindful Dietitian
Meredith Woolsey – Owner and Exercise Physiologist, Move to Live
Glenn Mackintosh – Psychologist and Author of ‘Thinsanity’
Nick Wray – APD and Bariatric and Gastroenterology nutrition special interest

Dr Pennie Taylor – Nutrition Scientist with CSIRO and Dietitian Director for 360Me Nutrition
This session will offer perspectives for dietitians to explore eating, movement and life with people in larger bodies. This will include a discussion of both weight inclusive and weight centric approaches. The session will feature perspectives from dietitians of varied practice areas, alongside a psychologist and exercise physiologist. Participants will be invited to consider ways of talking about eating, movement and life with people in larger bodies in a respectful manner.

Nurture Plenary
11:00am – 12:30pm, Monday 15 August 2022
Janeane Dart -Senior Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Monash University
Sarah Pennell – General Manager, Foodbank Australia
Dr Courtney Ryder – Discipline Lead & Senior Lecturer, Flinders University
This session we will help us explore how we can nourish our own lives and the lives of others including colleagues, students and clients. As dietitians, how can we also nurture the environment around us?

Extend Plenary
9.00am – 10.30am, Tuesday 16 August 2022
Dr Jennifer Brady – Director, School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University
Dr Chris Bourke – Program Director, Indigenous Science and Engagement, CSIRO
Glenn Mackintosh – Creator, the Transformation Support Community
How do we extend outside our current scope of practice in dietetics, and expand into areas where Dietitians have not typically worked? How do we embrace challenges and discomfort, to progress beyond what we know?

Emerge Plenary
11.00am – 12.30am, Tuesday 16 August 2022
A/Prof Odette Pearson – Associate Professor, Aboriginal Health Equity 
Prof. Heather Keller – Professor and Schlegel Research Chair, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging & University of Waterloo
Dr Cherie Hugo – Founder, The Lantern Project
How do we emerge after we have embarked on new areas that progress our practice? How will nutrition and dietetics emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic – what will we take forward, what will we leave behind, and what will change?


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