Scientific Committee (Conference/Research)

In 2017, AuSPEN will form an inaugural Scientific Committee to maximise the input and expertise of academics and clinician researchers into AuSPEN and the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Purpose of the Scientific Committee

The committee’s core purpose is to manage AuSPEN grants and oversee the planning and scientific program for AuSPEN’s Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs) through providing governance to its incorporated Conference Management Subcommittee and Conference Program Subcommittee. The Scientific Committee works closely with the AuSPEN Council, and also liaises with the Education Committee and Marketing and Sponsorship Committee.

At any time, the committee is typically actively involved with the two upcoming ASMs, but works on a 3-year timeframe so as to include finalisation and evaluation of the most recent annual general meeting (AGM). Additionally, the Scientific Committee will consider forward planning of locations, timing and the nature of the ASMs up to 4 years ahead.

Scientific Committee Members

  • Prof Liz Isenring, Bond University, Queensland
  • A/Prof Ibolya Nyulasi, Alfred Health & Monash University, Victoria
  • Dr Susannah King, Alfred Health & La Trobe University, Victoria
  • Other members to be appointed shortly.


Conference Program Subcommittee

In 2017, AuSPEN will form an inaugural Conference Program Subcommittee (CPS) of local leaders in clinical nutrition to undertake the development of the ASM program. The CPS is under the governance of the Scientific Committee and works in coordination with the Conference Management Subcommittee to plan and implement AuSPEN the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Purpose of the Scientific Committee

  1. To develop the draft scientific program, including plenary speakers, invited presentations and workshop proposals.
  2. To ensure the scientific program reflects the ASM theme
  3. To develop the social program including breakfast symposium and welcome cocktail party.
  4. To recommend national and local invited speakers
  5. To coordinate the concurrent and plenary sessions, including the coordination of all invited speakers
  1. To prepare and disseminate guidelines and instructions for the Call for Abstracts for each ASM
  2. To nominate a list of abstract reviewers
  3. To work with the professional conference organiser (PCO) regarding the logistics related to the social and scientific program
  4. To nominate and invite session chairs


Conference Program Subcommittee Members

Committee chair: Prof Liz Isenring, Nutrition & Dietetics, Professor at Bond University [hyperlink to:]

Committee deputy chair: Dr Skye Marshall, Nutrition & Dietetics, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bond University [hyperlink to:]


Committee Members

Azmat Ali, Nutrition & Dietetics, Acting Director of Dietetics at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Dr Russell Canavan, Gastroenterology, Director of Digestive Health at Gold Coast University Hospital [hyperlink to:]

Ra’eesa Doola, Nutrition & Dietetics, PhD Scholar and ICU dietitian, Mater Health Services [hyperlink to:]

Todd Leeder, Nutrition & Dietetics, Team Leader at Robina Hospital

Prof Andrea Marshall, Nursing, Professor at Griffith University [hyperlink to:]

Emma Osland, Nutrition & Dietetics, Team Leader Dietetics – Surgical, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital [hyperlink to:]

Siong Pang, Nutrition & Dietetics, Team Leader Dietetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Dr Barbara van der Meij, Nutrition & Dietetics, Senior Research Dietitian at Mater Health Services and Bond University [hyperlink to:]


Research Grants

Details of the 2017 AuSPEN Research Grants will be announced shortly.


Recent activities and achievements

Former Conference Planning Committee

  • AuSPEN has a long and proud tradition of running annual scientific meetings, with the 2016 meeting being the 42ndsuch conference – one of the longest running PEN Society ASMs in the world!
  • The highly successful 2016 ASM in Melbourne was a stand-alone conference with over 300 delegates, our biggest registration to date for a stand-alone conference
  • In recent years prior to 2016 we liaised with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, the New Zealand Society for Gastroenterology and the Alfred Hospital ICU to organise successful combined meetings in 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010; while in 2009 and 2013 stand-alone meetings were held
  • The Scientific Committee is currently planning the 2017 ASM, a stand-alone conference to be held on the Gold Coast, Qld, in November 2017

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