Harmonisation of Asian Dietetics. (Editorial).This is the theme for our third Asian Congress in Dietetics dietetics /di·e·tet·ics/ (-iks) the science of diet and nutrition.
The branch of therapeutics concerned with the practical application of diet in relation to health and disease. being held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning 5-star hotel located in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
The hotel has 701 guestrooms and suites as well as a variety of Asian and continental restaurants. from 18 to 21 August 2002. The first Asian Congress was held in Jakarta from 2 to 5 October 1994. Asian dietitians were then looking beyond nutrition for professional dietetics. The second Asian Congress held in Seoul, South Korea from 9 to 12 August 1998 aspired to look into networks and new ventures for Asian dietetics.
We are now in the new millennium where with Harmonisation Noun 1. harmonisation - a piece of harmonized music
musical harmony, harmony - the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords of Asian Dietetics we have a new platform to witness growth and maturity of Asian dietitians. This new platform allows us to exchange mutually our achievements and ideas and together to chart new routes in the practice of dietetics. The areas requiring harmonisation include basic dietetic dietetic /di·e·tet·ic/ (di?ah-tet´ik) pertaining to diet or proper food.
1. Of or relating to diet.
2. training and education, evaluating quality of practice, continued quality and audit improvement, evidence-based practice of dietetics and sub-speciality dietetics training. We have to come to a consensus on education and training as to what basic requirements are necessary to become a dietitian dietitian /di·e·ti·tian/ (di?e-tish´in) one skilled in the use of diet in health and disease.
di·e·ti·tian or di·e·ti·cian
A person specializing in dietetics. in the Asian region. Meanwhile professional improvements for dietitians have to be considered. Ongoing training in specialised areas in dietetics namely renal, enteral enteral /en·ter·al/ (en´ter'l) enteric.
1. Within or by way of the intestine, as distinguished from parenteral.
2. Enteric. and parenteral nutrition Parenteral nutrition
Nutrition supplied intravenously, thus bypassing the patient's digestive tract entirely.
Mentioned in: Electrolyte Supplements, Necrotizing Enterocolitis
parenteral nutrition , paediatrics, diabetes and others can be focused in certain regions where the expertise is present. This is to update and upgrade the knowledge and practice of Asian dietitians. Harmonisa tion in clinical practice involves sharing the same guidelines or consensus regarding patient management, for example lipid lowering guidelines, diabetes management, cancer, enteral nutrition Enteral nutrition
Nourishment given through a tube or stoma directly into the small intestine, thus bypassing the upper digestive tract.
Mentioned in: Electrolyte Supplements, Enterostomy, Necrotizing Enterocolitis
and others. This is to ensure uniformity in the conduct of practice and dietary management of patients all over Asia. Now we are faced with standardisation of practice and quality assurance. We have to audit ourselves in the Asian region to ensure quality of practice. Initially each country has to establish its own dietetic association. Once established the professional organisation can network with the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (AFDA AFDA Alt.Fan.Douglas-Adams (USENET)
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AFDA Association Francaise des Arabisants
AFDA American Family Data Archive ). Through networking we can consult with each other and have forums or discuss any topic pertaining to professional development from member countries. This committee can have a forum in the electronic media on current issues and come to a consensus on certain aspects.
Let me briefly introduce AFDA to those who are not familiar with this term. The Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations was officially launched in 1994 during the first Asian Congress. The aim of AFDA is to pursue the advancement of dietetic science and practice in order to achieve better nutritional status nutritional status,
n the assessment of the state of nourishment of a patient or subject. for the population in Asia. Therefore a group of dietetics pioneers set out the specific roles and objectives of AFDA:
1. To promote the development of the dietetics professions by keeping abreast of the knowledge in the area of dietetics and nutrition.
2. To set up international collaboration for dietetic research and educational activities in Asia.
3. To establish a network of scientific information in dietetics and nutrition by sharing resources and expertise.
4. To enhance a network of scientific information in dietetics and nutrition and to strengthen the communication between member associations by sharing resources and expertise.
5. To organise meetings, workshops, conferences and congresses.
6. To link with international dietetics, nutrition and health related organisations.
Any Asian national dietetics association that represents its country or area may become a full member of the federation. However, when a national dietetic association is not available, a leading association, group or club of dietitians may take its position instead, subject to the approval of the executive council.
It is also important for dietitians to equip themselves with some research skills and conduct research with other professionals. Research in new areas like functional foods, micronutrients This is a list of micronutrients.
Dr Fatimah Arshad
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) was established in May 1970. It is located in Bangi, Selangor which is about 35 km south of Kuala Lumpur. There is also a teaching hospital in Cheras and a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur.