Clinical Nutrition Websites and Resources
There are numerous associations and websites that offer resources for the hospital dietitian. They’re a great place to engage with other dietitians, stay up to date with the latest information and download informative resources.
Below are a few of the best places to download resources and guidelines:
Dietitian Connection is a site run by passionate dietitians. They are from all over the world and use the site to engage, inspire and educate each other. They have a weekly newsletter on all the happenings in the world of dietetics and their website contains an array of resources on nutrition, business and leadership. You’ll also be able to find webinars and podcasts as well as job opportunities and events all over the world. They’re based in Australia but a lot of their resources are relevant in the South African context.
British Dietetic Association (BDA)
The BDA is a great resource for information on dietetics. They have a great Facebook page as well as an up to date website. Even though the BDA are based in the UK, they have many resources available that will help South African dietitians. Their Food Facts sheets are free to download and focus on specific sectors of the population (adolescents, pensioners, those with medical conditions and more).
They also have events, CPD training and a great video that explains exactly what dietitians do. The BDA started Dietitian’s Week and once a year we join them in celebration of the profession.
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
ASPEN‘s website is a great place to find information on clinical nutrition. They publish the internationally renowned Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and host an annual congress. They offer informative podcasts and handbooks as well as guidelines and clinical resources.
European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
ESPEN publishes various guidelines on their website and offer workshops, LLL courses and research fellowships. They host an annual congress which is attended by dietitians from all over the world. They publish Clinical Nutrition which has a high impact factor. They also have an online video library and are interesting in combatting malnutrition in Europe.
South African Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (SASPEN)
One of the best places to find up to date South African information, guidelines and research is through SASPEN. They have an informative Facebook page as well as plenty of case studies, resources and guidelines on their website.
They also take part in Dietitians Week with us every June which is great fun as well as an awesome way to meet fellow dietitians and celebrate our profession. They also partner with the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa in hosting an annual congress.
SASPEN have also brought ESPEN’s LLL courses to South Africa, these courses are attended by dietitians worldwide as well as doctors. If you get the chance it’s worthwhile attending one of these courses. You can find more information about these courses on ESPEN’s website.
PM Ward Rounds Club
Another way to get CPD points is through SASPEN’s PM Ward Rounds meeting which takes place once a month. During the meetings case studies are discussed by speakers who are involved in patient care. It’s open to both members and non-members of SASPEN. It’s an interesting way to meet fellow dietitians and hear about what’s happening in the industry
Association for Dietetics South Africa (ADSA)
ADSA is the professional organisation for Registered Dietitians in South Africa. Members get access to several benefits as well as access to the SA dietitians community. It’s a great place to find local job opportunities, earn CPD points and stay up to date with all the latest information. Their set to host the ICD2020, a prestigious international congress in Cape Town.
If you’re looking for a way to get CPD points, FKCPD is a great place to start. The website is facilitated by Fresenius Kabi to provide accredited articles to enable the healthcare professional to receive CPD points as well as ethics points. New articles are added every year.
Abbott Nutrition Health Institute (ANHI)
The ANHI exists to connect and empower people through science-based resources that are aimed to optimize health worldwide. Their website contains many great resources that you can print out as well as podcasts, videos and webinars.
Nutrition Society of Southern Africa (NSSA)
The NSSA website contains articles and documents relating to the improvement of nutrition well-being in Southern Africa. They aim to advance the scientific study of nutrition through advocacy and dissemination of information. They are involved in organising the ICD2020 congress as well.
South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition (SAJCN)
The SAJCN is the official journal of ADSA, SASPEN and the NSSA. The international, peer-reviewed journal covers all aspects of nutrition. It’s published quarterly and is available online. The journal is open access so you’ll be able to read it for no charge and it also offers online CPD articles.
Medical Nutrition Industry (MNI)
The MNI aims to be the voice of the medical nutrition industry at an international level. Their website contains multiple resources regarding nutrition including some great infographics. They have resources dedicated to malnutrition in cancer patients as well as disease-related malnutrition and medical nutrition.
Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa
The NNIA is funded by Nestle and aims to keep healthcare professional up to date with the latest research and developments in the field of nutrition. They offer online articles that are CPD accredited. Their website also contains resources, videos and publications from various journals.
All in all, there are plenty of places to get information on clinical nutrition online and stay up to date with the latest information. Plenty of the associations are active on social media and there are lots of other smaller organisations that publish research that can be accessed online.