Medical Nutrition Therapy in Bariatric Surgery

The DAA Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) and Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand (OSSANZ) have partnered to create a Professional Certificate in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Bariatric Surgery.

The 3-day short course features both introductory and advanced modules and aims to educate and upskill participants in the basics and complexities of medical nutrition therapy for the bariatric surgical patient.  The modular format allows flexibility for participants who have differing learning needs. Participants may take a single module or both modules.

The introductory module provides an updated perspective of bariatric surgery in Australia and increases awareness of the complexities of management of the bariatric surgery recipient.

The advanced module provides participants with knowledge and experience of evidence based practice in bariatric surgery, with a particular focus on nutrition assessment and education, medical nutrition therapy, managing complications and long-term outcomes.

In order to attain the relevant certificate, participants need to complete course work and assessments, in addition to attending the full schedule for the module.

Suitable for

  • Dietitians
  • All members of the multidisciplinary team
  • GPs and other medical officers with a special interest in bariatric surgery
  • Module 1 is open to all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Module 2 is specifically for dietitians with relevant experience

This course will enable you to

  • describe common medical and surgical procedures and processes for weight management in Australia;
  • identify surgical and medical therapies available for complicated weight management and characteristics of individuals suitable for referral for clinical assessment;
  • identify the role of the integrated health care team in optimising patient care.
  • identify and describe the role of medical nutrition therapy for all stages of the bariatric surgery patient including preoperative nutrition management, post-operative nutrition management, macro and micro nutrient targets and deficiencies, complications and weight regain.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to adapt medical nutrition therapy specific to each bariatric surgery procedure.


There are two independent, progressive modules each building from the complexity of the previous. Participants may attend a single module or both modules.

Focusing on the Australian environment, this module provides an introduction to medical and surgical procedures, processes, and therapies available for complicated weight management; and highlights the roles of the integrated health care team who work together to optimise the patient experience.

This module is suitable for:

  • Student dietitians or health professionals
  • Dietitians with no previous or limited bariatric surgery experience
  • GPs, medical officers, and other health professionals with an interest in bariatric surgery

CPD Recognition

CPD hours can be logged if this course aligns with your APD Learning Goals.

Delegates attending this course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Outline

  • Treatment and management of obesity
  • Bariatric surgery procedures, medical considerations, and medication
  • The integrated health care team
  • The patient experience
  • Nutritional management of the bariatric patient

Course Format

  • 1 day face to face course (lectures and workshops).


DAA members $399.00

Non-members $550.00

Upcoming courses

2018 date not yet set.

8am to 5pm

Venue: TBA
BRISBANE Qld 4000 Australia

To register

Please email to put your name on the mailing list for this event.

This module provides knowledge and experience in evidence based practice in bariatric surgery, with a focus on nutrition assessment and education, medical nutrition therapy, managing complications and long-term outcomes.

This module is suitable for:

  • Dietitians with 2-3 years’ experience in dietetic management of bariatric surgery in the last 5 years.

CPD Recognition

CPD hours can be logged if this course aligns with your APD Learning Goals.

Dietitians attending this course will receive a Professional Certificate from DAA.

Course Outline

  • Pre- and post-operative nutrition management
  • Macro- and micro-nutrient concerns and management
  • Specific issues to consider for Adjustable Gastric Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass, and Omega Loop Gastric Bypass
  • Nutritional care and management of critical illness, and for special populations
  • Nutrition counselling

Course Format

  • 2 day face to face course (lectures and workshops).


DAA members $699.00

Non-members $1200.00

Upcoming courses


Thursday, 22 – Friday, 23 February 2018 – SOLD OUT

Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm.

Venue: Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
Cnr Bourke Rd & O’Riordan St
MASCOT NSW 2020 Australia

To register

This course has SOLD OUT.

Please email to put your name on the waiting list for Sydney, February 2018.

Registrations close 6 February 2018 or when sold out.


The next delivery of this course is tentatively set for November 2018 in Brisbane.

For further information or to go on the mailing list, please email

About the Facilitators

Daniella Di Benedetto has been a clinical bariatric dietitian for 13 years, and in addition to private consultancy, is currently Senior Dietitian at a leading Bariatric Clinic in Melbourne.  Daniella is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and is the secretary of the Bariatric Surgery Interest Group.   She is actively involved in the team organising of Bariatric specific webinars.

Daniella has presented at the 2007 Bariatric Conference in Canberra, and to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, as well as writing articles for magazines including Women’s Health and Fitness.  She has also been an integral part of the weight loss journey of a participant on shows such as “This time next year”.

Daniella is also an academic having spent 16 years lecturing in nutrition, anatomy and physiology and was the recipient of the 2015 Swinburne University Deans Award for Sessional Teaching and Learning.  Daniella places a high regard for ongoing up-skilling and continued professional development in Best Practice Guidelines, and general clinical practice, in order to remain a breast of latest developments in Bariatric treatments.

Daniella, as part of her commitment to supporting the best patient care in her work with Bariatrics, has been an integral member of the team who have developed the Professional Certificate in Medical Nutritional Therapy in Bariatric Surgery.

Catherine Snedeker is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Diabetes Educator with over 10 years experience in the area of Bariatric Surgery. Catherine has worked with a wide range of bariatric surgery patients in the outpatient and inpatient clinical setting from Gastric Ballooning to Biliopancreatic Diversion. The majority of her experience is in providing nutrition support, counselling and group education to Sleeve Gastrectomy patients.

Catherine has contributed to achieving high quality dietetic practice in bariatrics in Australia.  She played a pivotal role in the establishment of the DAA Bariatric Surgery Interest Group in 2011. She has helped up-skill Australian Bariatric Dietitians through her contribution as an author to national and international publications such as the Bariatric Surgery PEN Pathway and Bariatric Dietitians Role Statement. Catherine has also been a regular presenter at Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ) conferences and DAA Bariatric Surgery PD events. Catherine is actively involved in clinical research with her key areas of interest being in post-operative comorbidity resolution, post-surgery gastric capacity and food and fluid tolerance after Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Catherine currently works with inpatients at Hollywood Private Hospital in Western Australia. She also provides consultation on Bariatric Surgery education and training for health professionals. She is a member of the DAA Bariatric Surgery Interest Group Committee and the Bariatric Dietitians Working Group of WA.

Belinda Johnston is a Senior Clinical Dietitian at The Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Belinda has extensive experience in the nutritional management of patients undergoing upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery in both the acute inpatient and outpatient setting. As a part of her clinical workload, Belinda manages patients undergoing bariatric surgery. She is involved with patients throughout their surgical journey, from their pre-operative nutrition assessment and education, acute management in the inpatient setting, and ongoing follow-up and review in the outpatient setting. Her inpatient experience includes the nutritional management of patients presenting with acute complications of bariatric surgery, which is one of her specific areas of interest.

Belinda is also passionate about teaching and furthering the nutrition education of budding dietitians and other health professionals, with a vast amount of experience in clinical supervision and education. Belinda has also been a Unit Advisor for an online unit ‘Wound Healing and Nutrition’ for a Post-Graduate Course in Wound Care at Monash University for the last 6 years. She is also regularly involved in marking nutrition assignments for students studying at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Belinda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, an Associate Member of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand and is an active member of the Bariatric Surgery Interest Group. Belinda is excited to be involved in the Medical Nutrition Therapy for Bariatric Surgery module and looks forward to sharing her experience.

Merril BohnMerril has been working in the area of Bariatric surgery as part of her clinical dietetic work for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in the area of gastric bands, sleeve gastrectomy and RY gastric bypass. Merril was the first Allied Health dietitian representative on the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and NZ (OSSANZ) Executive and has been instrumental in getting the Bariatric Dietitians together and establishing both a networking and clinical program at the OSSANZ conferences.

Relevant Presentation experience includes:

  • Convener and Presenter at the DAA Bariatric Roadshow 2009 (both Victoria and SA)
  • International federation of Obesity (IFSO)conference in 2010 (sponsored by OSSANZ) on Multidisciplinary Bariatric Practices Around the World – the Australian Experience
  • Baker/IDI seminar on Bariatric Surgery in Diabetes in 2011
  • OSSANZ conference in 2012 on Can we enhance weight loss after bariatric surgery? Does the theory translate into improved clinical care
  • Developed two Webinars for Education in Nutrition series Back to Basics, Bariatric Nutrition and 2. Bariatric Surgery: Nutritional Issues and Care in 2013 and updated and presented again in 2017
  • DAA webinar on Micronutrient Deficiencies in Bariatric Surgery in 2014

Merril currently works in Private Practice for North Eastern Weight Loss Surgery.

She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her long and extensive experience in Bariatric Surgery as part of the joint DAA/OSSANZ program.


Ms Kylie Murphy is a clinical and health psychologist who has worked in hospital outpatient, community health, and university settings. She is currently working in private practice where she uses evidence-based therapies to treat a range of eating, weight, and body image problems, and other associated psychological difficulties such as depression and anxiety. Her work also involves assessing and supporting patients before and after bariatric surgery.

In addition to her clinical work, Kylie also presents workshops and lectures to postgraduate psychology students and mental health professionals. She has also published and presented research on the psychological aspects of disordered eating and obesity.