Dietitian's Working in Bariatric Surgery
The Nutrition section of the OSSANZ website is aimed at supporting dietitians working in bariatric surgery who are Associate Members of OSSANZ. It is intended to support and strengthen the knowledge base, provide resources for dietitians both new and experienced in this field and, encourage ‘best practice’ principles in treating the nutritional and emotional needs of this client group.
Attendance at the national OSSANZ Scientific Meeting (held every 18months) is encouraged as the dietitian delegates meet as a separate group at this conference and this provides a face to face forum to update clinical knowledge, network with other bariatric dietitians and get updated on the initiatives and directives of the OSSANZ Executive. We are privileged to have Dietitian Associate Member Representative on the OSSANZ Executive which was an initiative established in 2009 that provides us with a voice in OSSANZ decision making. Although this is a non-voting position, it has been well accepted and highly beneficial. The term for this position is three years with nominations, elections and appointment taking place just prior to the Scientific Meeting where handover occurs. Your current Dietitian representative is Pennie Taylor (pennie@evolvMe.com.au)
Current bariatric dietitian initiatives include:
- The establishment of best practice guidelines for the nutritional management of bariatric patients
- Facilitation of continuing professional development in bariatric dietetics (via OSSANZ, DAA and the DAA Obesity interest group)
- Support and establishment of clinical research
The website features lists of currently available Australian and international resources that dietitians, and in turn their clients, may find useful.
Evidence-based nutritional guidelines are currently limited. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) are included in the ‘recent scientific articles’ section but work is progressing on establishing Australian based guidelines.
The "Find a Dietitian" section is intended for use by health professionals and individuals who are undergoing bariatric surgery. This section highlights bariatric dietitians who consult in private practice. It is hoped that this list will facilitate public access to high quality nutrition education and support.
Email discussion on nutritional aspects of bariatric surgery takes place via the Dietitian's Association of Australian (DAA) Obesity national IG. Contact DAA to join this IG.