Creating lifelong learners

Recently, Amanda Wray and Dr Alison Yaxley, along with newly appointed staff member and current PhD candidate Mrs Olivia Farrer, represented the Flinders University Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at the 34th Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, held from 18-20 May.

The theme of the conference this year was “Cultivating Fresh Evidence” and there was a strong focus on the future and on getting our message across amongst all the white noise that is nutrition in the public eye. It was great to see so many of our current students and recent graduates in attendance. They really engaged with the content and made careful decisions about what they chose to see and how the conference experience could support their current and future directions. Of course, it wasn’t all work and they also engaged in the social program where there was some great networking going on. The future of nutrition and dietetics is safe in the hands of these lifelong learners.

Flinders University Nutrition and Dietetics research was also well represented on the conference program with five oral presentations (Olivia Farrer, Juliet Bociulis, Su Mei Tay, Amber Thatcher and De-Arne Samm) and four poster presentations (Lauren Marsh, Alice Bradley, Tennealle Direen and Matilda Smale). We are pleased to announce that Juliet’s presentation earned her the New Conference Presenter Award and Tennealle was awarded a Highly Commended certificate in the Best Novice Researcher Poster category.

Overall, this was a highly successful conference and we look forward to seeing such great student engagement at future events.

Amanda Wray with Flinders Nutrition and Dietetics New Graduates – many first time presenters at the conference sharing their Honours Research projects
Dr Alison Yaxley and Olivia Farrer with Flinders Nutrition and Dietetics alumni, new graduates and current students at DAA National Conference in Hobart, Tasmania
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