Nutrition Symposia at Massey Albany

Our Aim: To translate nutrition research findings into useful and accessible information for health professionals, others working the fields of nutrition, food and wellness, and academics.

The symposia team would like to note that the choice of topic, speakers and venue are not influenced by any sponsors or collaborators.

Forthcoming Symposia:

Nutrition Skills for Health Professionals: Maternal and Child Health

A full day of professional development at Massey University, Albany

Date: Thursday June 30th 2016
Venue: Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, Massey university, Albany, Auckland
Registration from: 08:00
Welcome and introduction: 08:45

Join us for a day of up-skilling and professional development. In a slightly different approach to our normal symposia, there will be four presentations by paediatric nutrition experts followed by ten interactive workshops (topics below), of which you can choose which to attend.

Who should come?
Midwives, Plunket Nurses, Practice Nurses, Community health workers, General Practitioners.


Nutritional considerations of baby-led weaning

Liz Fleming, Nutritionist, University of Otago

Baby-led weaning present some nutritional challenges, including the risk of micronutrient deficiencies. Suggestions for ensuring adequate nutrition are presented by a dietitian.

Case studies in childhood constipation management

Hilary McCluskey, Public Health Nurse

Practical help with managing children

Dietary solutions to childhood constipation

Mari Komp. Community Paediatric Dietitian

In most cases some dietary adjustments can be very helpful in improving laxation – tips from a paediatric dietitian

Nutrition screening of children

Mari Komp. Community Paediatric Dietitian

How to recognise the red flags that indicate such nutritional issues in children as nutrient deficiencies, over- or under-eating.

The role of anxiety on child feeding

Lindy Thomas, Registered Psychologist

Facilitated by a paediatric psychologist.

Understanding statistical reporting in research

Kathryn Beck, Senior Lecturer, Massey University

“Forrest Plots” and “odds ratios” – do you know what they are? Increase your understanding of the results when you read a research paper.

How to put together a great presentation

Pamela von Hurst, Senior Lecturer, Massey University

Tips and tricks for planning and delivering a great presentation.

Weight management during pregnancy

Robyn Lawrence, NZ Registered Dietitian

Managing weight during pregnancy.

Toddler Milks - when are they needed?

Amy Lovell, NZ Registered Dietitian

When do toddlers need follow-on milks?

Starting the conversation with parents of an overweight child

Dawn Rennell, Community Paediatric Dietitian, Kidz First Community Health

When and how?

Workshops presented in three streams:

Series 1:

  • Case studies in childhood constipation management     
  • Weight management during pregnancy     
  • How anxiety impacts on child feeding
  • Toddler Milks - when will they be needed?

Series 2:   

  • Dietary management of constipated children  
  • Nutritional considerations of baby-led weaning  
  • Starting the conversation with parents of an overweight child

Series 3: 

  • Understanding statistics in research     
  • Nutrition screening of children
  • How to put together a great presentation

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