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New Unit To Boost Chances For Nutrition Gurus

One of the objectives of the three-day meeting for dietitians from all four divisions is to develop a National Dietitians Technical Working Group to broaden opportunities for Dietetics and Nutrition
28 Jan 2017 11:00
New Unit To Boost Chances For Nutrition Gurus
National Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases Dr Isimeli Tukana (front/left), with the Fiji Dietitians during the Midterm assessment meeting in Suva organised by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

One of the objectives of the three-day meeting for dietitians from all four divisions is to develop a National Dietitians Technical Working Group to broaden opportunities for Dietetics and Nutrition Programme in Fiji.

The other two objectives is to review the activities of National Dietetics and Nutrition Programme Business Plan activities 2016-2017 and to have discussions on the draft Nutrition Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2021.

The 60 dietitians from the eastern, northern, western and central divisions have gathered for the meeting on midterm assessment of their achievements as well as to device new strategies for enhanced nutrition program implementation.

The meeting held in Suva commenced on Wednesday and will end today is based on the theme, “Nutrition Innovation in Health using Current Nutrition Research.”

The meeting was officially opened by Dr Isimeli Tukana, the National Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases and Head of National Wellness Centre based at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Suva.

Dr Tukana emphasised on the importance of innovation and collaboration as a way forward for enhanced Dietetics and Nutrition development in Fiji.

“There is a need for multisectoral approach to address malnutrition,” Dr Tukana said.

“This can be established by working closely with the communities, families, Faith Based Organisations, schools and in workplaces.

“The innovation has to start with multisectoral thinking and the solutions can be developed effectively when all the sectors work together.

“And dietitians have a very important role in terms of advocating for healthy lifestyle and nutrition.”

Acting National Advisor Dietetics and Nutrition Programme, Maca Temoirokomalani said the meeting would enable the dietitians to look at ways they could increase their reachout to the communities.

“We are here to consolidate ideas for the new strategic plan and it is also an opportunity for us to finalise the clinical managements for dietitians in public health nutrition,” Ms Temoirokomalani said.

“This is the first time we have organised a formal induction for our new graduates, enabling dietitians to share information and plans to effectively carry out their role to empower communities on healthy eating habits.

“The theme, ‘Fiji Paradox: Malnutrition in the midst of plenty’ conveys that malnutrition is either underweight or overweight so we have a challenge on how we can assist people to help them make healthy choices and also plan out their nutrition for a better health.

“We will look at plans to reachout to parents, teachers, and canteen operators within the schools, emphasising to them on how they must contribute towards the development of nutrition and healthy lifestyle.”

Sources: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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