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Health & Wellness Learning Centre

The Health & Wellness Learning Centre has been created to educate and empower YOU to live your best life. Whether you want to discover more about gut reactions, food intolerances, food chemicals, living with coeliac disease, plant-based nutrition, creating a healthier home, managing eczema (and so much more), we have it covered! This makes for a great day out for you and the family.

Note: seminars are all 45 minutes long with a 15 minute audience Q&A available afterwards. Seminar program is subject to change. Seats will be available on a first come first served basis.


12:00pm

Gut Reactions: Gluten or FODMAPs, Which is the Real Culprit Responsible For Triggering Gut Symptoms?

Speaker: Associate Professor Jane Muir, Department of Gastroenterology, Monash University

In Australia around 1% of the population have coeliac disease – a condition that requires strict life-long avoidance of gluten. Yet it has been estimated that around 10-15% of our community are choosing to avoid gluten- and wheat- containing foods. One of the major reasons given for this avoidance relates to gut symptoms including; abdominal pain and bloating and discomfort associated with consumption of wheat-containing foods. While gluten is often blamed for triggering these symptoms research conducted at Monash University is suggesting that there is another component of wheat- and wheat-containing foods called FODMAPs that may be responsible. FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly digested and absorbed by the gut stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Mono-saccharides And Polyols. This talk will introduce the concept of FODMAPs and discuss some of the latest research evidence in this area.



1:30pm

Lunchboxes Can be Nutritious and fun - Even With Food Intolerances!

Speaker: Dr Brooke Harcourt, Specialist Paediatric and Maternal Dietitian, Family Dietetics

Did you know there are roughly 180 days in a school year? Take a guess at how many lunchboxes that means you prepare each year!

Brooke will provide information on nutritious lunchbox essentials with some fun and clever work-arounds for different food intolerances. Learn how to create lunchboxes that are simple and will be eaten to fuel growing bodies and learning minds.


3:00pm

When Dairy is Not Your Friend, is Soy?

Speaker: Frances Walker, Clinical Dietitian, The Food Intolerance Dietitian

Does dairy give you grief? If so, you may be unable to process lactose or have a dairy protein sensitivity. Same food, different reasons. With such a staggering array of plant milks now available, how do you decide which is the healthiest replacement? Soy is often promoted as nutritionally superior but is dogged by phytoestrogen concerns and the GMO issue. Find out the current scientific thinking on soy and other dairy replacements so you can make choices to safeguard your future health.


4.30pm

Managing Your Child's Eczema

Speaker: Dr. Tim Brettig, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Department of Allergy & Immunology

So many children live life with eczema or atopic dermatitis. What is eczema? Is it genetic? Can it be cured? This chronic condition can be debilitating for some. Life with a constant itch leads to sleep deprivation, skin infections and restrictions people wish they did not have. Diagnosis and advice on management which includes soap-free baths and showers (warm water not hot), lots of moisturiser, often steroid creams, bleach baths, wet dressings and more is critical to people with eczema. What about creams containing food items? Do we need to be careful to avoid them?


10:30am

Cross Contamination - Making Sure You're Careful in the Kitchen.

Speaker: Annabel Mackenzie, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, AM Nutrition

Allergen management is essential within any kitchen, be it commercial or domestic, to ensure food, meals and drinks remain safe for consumption for those who are sensitive to allergens. We will explore the practical approach to allergen management from sourcing and segregation of ingredients to preparation and service of a final product.

*This is a trade focused seminar


12:00pm

Food Chemicals or FODMAPs, What’s Your IBS Trigger?

Speaker: Joanna Baker, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Everyday Nutrition

Research indicates 50-80% of people get an improvement on the low FODMAP Diet. But, what if you’re one of the 20-50% that don’t? Food chemicals are different from FODMAPs, they occur naturally in many foods or can be added in food processing. For some people these can trigger IBS symptoms. Learn about the differences between FODMAPs and food chemicals and how to determine which approach is best for you.


1:30pm

Ways to Reduce Toxins and Chemicals in Your House for Healthier Living

Speaker: Bronwyn Bennett, Building Biologist, Director of Creating Healthy Spaces

Join Bronwyn as she provides evidence-based research presented in a way that empowers people with the information to take-action to decrease their exposure of environmental toxins. This session will look at environmental hazards - what are they, how do they affect people’s health and where are they found in our home environments? Understand the relationship between environmental hazards and their adverse health effects, regardless of what stage of life. This session will provide you with take away steps that you can implement immediately in your home, to provide healthy, sustainable and nourishing spaces for children and families, to live, love and thrive.


3:00pm

The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Allergic Disease.

Speaker: Professor Mimi Tang, Paediatric immunologist allergist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia; Group Leader of Allergy and Immune Disorders Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; and a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne

How can we program a healthy immune response throughout life, and what role does microbiota play in food allergy? Professor Mimi Tang will talk you through the role of microbiota and help you understand the immune mechanisms that lead to food allergy. Find out about exciting new research that uses a combination of prio-biotics and peanut OIT to help treat peanut allergy.


10:00am

Transform Your Health With Plant-based Nutrition.

Speaker: Dr Malcolm Mackay, BMBS, GDipHumNut, Plant Based Health Australia

What we choose to put on our plates at every meal determines our long-term health and vitality. Whichever aspect of health and disease we consider, the evidence points towards whole plant foods as optimal for human health. The presentation will describe a ‘whole foods, plant-based diet’, discuss its role in supporting a healthy microbiome and restoring gut health, and the effect this might have on allergy and autoimmune disease.


11:30am

Natural Food Chemical Intolerance - Salicylates, Amines, Glutamates & Preservatives. Could the RPAH Elimination Diet be for You?

Speaker: Zoe Nicholson, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist - Love What You Eat consulting PTY LTD

Food sensitivities can affect multiple systems in the body including the gut (stomach and bowel symptoms, reflux, mouth ulcers, nausea), the nervous system (headaches, migraines, mood disturbances, fatigue, sleep issues), skin (eczema, hives, itchy skin) and airways (sinus issues, hay fever, asthma). If you have symptoms in one or more of these areas, you may be food chemical sensitive. The RPAH diet has been designed to identify and manage food chemical sensitivity. This presentation will help you decide if it’s an appropriate avenue for you to explore and guide you with how to work through the process.


1:00pm

5 Steps You Need to Take When You Are Diagnosed With Coeliac Disease.

Speaker: Olivia Jackson, Owner & Publisher of yum. Gluten Free

After being diagnosed with any medical condition, your first thought is usually, “What next?!” Coeliac disease requires a series of steps after diagnosis to prepare your home, your family and your mental and emotional wellbeing. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to dining out and travelling. Hear from Olivia as she shares practical advice so you’re well-equipped to take on your coeliac diagnosis and live your best life.


2.30pm

Gut Reactions: Gluten or FODMAPs, Which is the Real Culprit Responsible For Triggering Gut Symptoms?

Speaker: Associate Professor Jane Muir, Department of Gastroenterology, Monash University

In Australia around 1% of the population have coeliac disease – a condition that requires strict life-long avoidance of gluten. Yet it has been estimated that around 10-15% of our community are choosing to avoid gluten- and wheat- containing foods. One of the major reasons given for this avoidance relates to gut symptoms including; abdominal pain and bloating and discomfort associated with consumption of wheat-containing foods. While gluten is often blamed for triggering these symptoms research conducted at Monash University is suggesting that there is another component of wheat- and wheat-containing foods called FODMAPs that may be responsible. FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly digested and absorbed by the gut stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Mono-saccharides And Polyols. This talk will introduce the concept of FODMAPs and discuss some of the latest research evidence in this area.


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