Medical Nutrition Therapy in Bariatric Surgery

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Course Information

Overview

The Centre for Advanced Learning and the Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS) have partnered to provide a Medical Nutrition Therapy in Bariatric Surgery course.

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.

Module 1:

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

Module 2:

  • Dietitians with limited experience who have completed Module 1
  • Dietitians with bariatric surgery experience
  • Not for students

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
  • Practice Managers
  • GPs, medical practitioners, and other health professionals with an interest in bariatric surgery

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

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 recent experience in dietetic management of bariatric surgery.
  • Dietitians with no previous or limited bariatric surgery experience, who have completed Module 1: Bariatric Surgery Principles.

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

Leave this course with:

Leave this course with the ability 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.

Meet the presenters

Merril Bohn

Merril has been working in the area of Bariatric surgery as part of her clinical dietMerril Bohnetic 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.

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.

Michelle van Vuuren

Dr Michéle Janse Van Vuuren BA(Hlth & Sci) HONS(Soc Sci) M Psych(Ed & Dev)PhD FAPS MEDCP is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who has more than 10 years experience in the assessment and intervention of bariatric surgery patients both pre-and post-surgery. Michéle is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and has memberships with the Australian Psychological Society and College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists and an Associate member of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australian and New Zealand.

Cost 

Module one – Standard registration

DAA member                    $399.00

Non-member                    $550.00

Module two – Standard registration

DAA member                    $699.00

Non-member                    $1,200.00

*Dietitians NZ members are eligible to receive the DAA members rates. Contact the Centre for Advanced Learning via learningcentre@daa.asn.au to obtain the coupon code  to complete the discounted registration.

Registration

Registration is online via the DAA website.

*DAA members need to logged in to access the discount rate.

*Dietitians NZ members use a coupon code to access their discount.

Questions?

Contact the Centre for Advanced Learning via learningcentre@daa.asn.au  or 02 6189 1236.