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Australia and New Zealand Network

This information has been developed in line with the Driver Themes of NNEdPro:  

 

Theme 1: Nutrition/hydration education and clinical/public health leadership training of medical, healthcare and research professionals

Existing Research in Medical Nutrition Education and Research

The ANZ NNEdPro Network is a collaboration of dietitians, doctors, academics, medical and health care educators, researchers students and professional associations in Australia and New Zealand. The aim of the Network is to strengthen the nutrition education and competence of medical and healthcare professionals in Australia and New Zealand through innovation in research, resource development and delivery.

Opportunities for further research

There are three key tasks that the ANZ NNEdPro Network is currently undertaking:

Provide a collaborative space for medical nutrition education and research in Australia and New Zealand to highlight and share information about existing research

 

Identify gaps and opportunities in current research and facilitate teams to work to fill this gap

 

Provide services to Universities to enhance their medical nutrition education, including assistance with curriculum mapping, review of PBL cases and nutrition material that can be embedded into other content areas.

Key Tasks

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To read more about the development and launch of the Network, click here read our article in Complete Nutrition.

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To find out more get in touch with the Network Lead Dr Lauren Ball at Griffith University,

email: l.ball@mail.nnedpro.org.uk

-Increasing the Frequency that General Practitioners and Practice Nurses provide nutrition care to patients.

 

This cluster-RCT involves nutrition education and leadership, and is being led by Dr Lauren Ball at Griffith University through her Early Career Research Fellowship with the National Health and Medical Research Council. Contact Lauren at: l.ball@mail.nnedpro.org.uk

 

-Nutrition Study Group for General Practitioners and Nurses.

 

This initiative aims to increase the confidence of General Practitioners and Practice Nurses  in providing nutrition care and being involved in research in nutrition. The Study Group is led by Dr Lauren Ball at Griffith University, is free to join and open to all clinicians across Australia and New Zealand. Contact Lauren at: l.ball@mail.nnedpro.org.uk

 

-Pharmacists providing nutrition care.

 

This project aims to help explore pharmacists’ potential role in supporting pattients to have healthy dietary behaviours and facilitate pharmacists to provide nutrition care to patients on all appropriate occasions. The project is being led by Dr Helen McCarthy at Victoria University. Contact Helen at Helen.Mccarthy1@vu.edu.au.

 

-Medical students’ knowledge, attitudes and skills in providing nutrition care

 

This project aims to measure the change in medical students’ nutrition knowledge, attitudes and skills as they progress through University training. The project is a cohort study, being led by Dr Jennifer Crowley at The University of Auckland. Contact Jennifer at j.crowley@mail.nnedpro.org.uk.

 

-Nutrition Education Requirements of General Practitioners

 

This project aims to gain consensus on the most important topics that should be covered by General Practitioners when undertaking continuing medical education experiences. The project is based in Auckland, but generalisable to other parts of New Zealand and Australia. The project is being led by Dr Jennifer Crowley at The University of Auckland. Contact Jennifer at j.crowley@mail.nnedpro.org.uk.

 

-Web Based Nutrition Competency Implementation Toolkit (WNCIT)

 

WNCIT is a Web Based Nutrition Implementation Toolkit designed to enable medical courses across Australia to effectively embed nutrition into entry level medical courses, enabling graduates to be nutritionally competent and effectively reduce the burden of lifestyle related disease within our community.  The project is based at Deakin University and is led by Professor Caryl Nowon.

-Using technology to engage patients in their dietary intake

 

This project aims to use principles of patient engagement to support greater dietary intake of patients in hospitals. The project is being led by Dr Shelley Roberts at Griffith University through her postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Contact Shelley at s.roberts@griffith.edu.au

 

-Malnutrition Screening on admission to hospital

 

The Canadian Malnutrition Society and University of Waterloo has partnered with NNEdPro UK in the conduct of a knowledge translation study to increase the rates of malnutrition screening and management in hospital patients. The collaboration is through Dr Jack Bell, Senior Dietitian at Prince Charles Hospital. Contact Jack at Jack.Bell@health.qld.gov.au

Theme 2: Improving the identification, prevention and management of malnutrition risk in patients and the public.

Theme 3: Developing/translating evidence underpinning the role of nutrition in disease prevention and management

-Supporting GPs to provide care for patients with obesity

 

Developed at the ANU Medical School, The Change Program is a structured program that provides GPs with the tools to assist their adult patients with obesity. A feasibility study has recently been completed and showed that the program was acceptable to both patients and GPs. Embedding obesity within person-centred, comprehensive, primary health care is the aim of this project. Contact: Elizabeth.sturgiss@anu.edu.au

-Curriculum Mapping for Nutrition in Medical Education

 

Enhancing the nutrition content of medical curricula requires understanding of where gaps are in relation to guidelines for competency development. There is currently a multi-institution project in early preparation to help institutions better understand where they may have opportunities for improvement. Institutions involved include The University of Auckland and Griffith University. If you could like your institution to be involved, please contact Dr Lauren Ball  on l.ball@mail.nnedpro.org.uk.

Services for Universities

The ANZ NNEdPro Network is in the early stages of preparing services to Universities to enhance their medical nutrition education. Services include include assistance with curriculum mapping, review of PBL cases and nutrition material that can be embedded into other content areas. For further information, please contact Dr Lauren Ball  on l.ball@griffith.edu.au.

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