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.
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.
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.
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?
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