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Media Release

July 9 2009

Mastering a healthy diet – UniSA builds skills in nutrition

Broadening and strengthening its approach to education in population health, UniSA is launching a new degree program to prepare accredited dieticians with the skills to help tackle some of South Australia’s most significant public health issues.

The new Master of Dietetics will encourage the development of quality expertise in healthy nutrition in South Australia, delivering graduates to work across the community.

UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj says students in the new Masters program will have the advantage of carrying out their studies in a research-rich environment focused on the variety of issues effecting population health.

“UniSA is building a research and teaching capacity in population health that will educate a range of health professionals to work in the field, tackling some of the big health issues, including the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged, ageing and migrant populations,” Prof Høj said.

The new Master of Dietetics will commence in 2011, opening postgraduate opportunities to students already studying a range of nutrition and health programs at UniSA. In planning of the degree program UniSA is working closely with the Dietitians Association of Australia to develop a top quality program with appropriate accreditation.

One of Australia’s leading nutrition researchers and Director of UniSA’s Sansom Institute for Health Research, Professor Kerin O’Dea says nutrition and diet are key areas informing our approach to improving health at the individual, community and population level.

“The Master of Dietetics will complement our strong nutrition research program and enhance our broad suite of offerings in the training of high quality allied health professionals,” Prof O’Dea said.

“UniSA already has strong relationships across the state in rural and regional SA, the northern suburbs and in Indigenous communities and a strong interest in the population health challenges these groups confront.

“This experience will be invaluable in educating new generations of health professionals to deliver high level dietetics expertise in a range of clinical and community settings.”

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