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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Nutrition and Dietetics

Our Research

Good nutrition is important for health and well-being, as well as in the treatment and management of many acute and chronic illnesses. In the hospital setting Dietitians assess the nutritional requirements of patients, plan appropriate nutrition interventions and provide education and counselling for patients, families and carers. Dietitians are also involved in nutrition and health education programs, working in public health, working with mental health services, assisting with health planning, setting nutritional standards, and developing and implementing nutrition care policies.

Our nutrition research encompasses many of the areas in which Dieticians work. We are actively involved in clinical nutrition research and in translating such research to best-practice standards. Staff are involved in research looking at service and workforce design. A broad range of research strategies are used to improve the delivery of nutrition care services in Sydney Local Health District.

Key Achievements

  • Canterbury Hospital Nutrition and Dietetics were awarded 'Highly Commended' in the Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards for their project translating a Malnutrition Screening Tool into ten other languages. This project is identifying approximately 20 patients per month at Canterbury Hospital who are at risk of malnutrition, who would not have otherwise been identified due to language barriers. The project is being rolled out across Sydney Local Health District, and is also being shared with the wider NSW Health.
  • Dr Sharon Carey and Ms Merran Findlay were successful in obtaining a SLHD Cancer Services Research Grant to investigate the feasibility of an ICT-enabled model of care to support implementation of evidence-based nutrition care pathways for patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal cancers in Sydney Local Health District.
  • There was a strong Nutrition and Dietetics presence at the Sydney Local Health District 2015 Allied Health Research Forum, demonstrating the depth and breadth of nutrition research occurring within Sydney Local Health District.

Awards/Medals

  • Ms Suzie Ferrie was awarded the Australisian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN) Bob McMahon prize for clinical research for her study in parenteral nutrition.
  • Ms Eva Lambert, Ms Amy Chou and Ms Susan Bloomfield-Stone were awarded a Highly Commended, within the Local Solutions category in the Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards for their work 'Implementing a Translated Written Malnutrition Screening Tool (MST) for non-English speaking inpatients in a multicultural metropolitan hospital'.
  • Ms Eleanor Quinn, Mr Kenneth Daniel (student) and Ms Nicola Riley awarded Best Poster Presentation at the Sydney Local Health District Allied Health Research Forum for their work 'Post-operative nutrition following major upper gastrointestinal surgery'.

Higher Degree Students:

PhD:

  • Ms Suzie Ferrie, PhD candidate Faculty of Science at University of Sydney.
  • Ms Helen Vidot, PhD candidate Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Masters:

  • Ms Simone Conchin, Masters of Clinical Leadership, University of Tasmania.


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Carey S, Conchin S and Bloomfield-Stone S. A qualitative study into the impact of fasting in hospital - the patient's perspective. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2015; 24(13-14): 1946-1954.
  2. Cook A, Roberts K, O'Leary F and Allman-Farinelli M. Comparison of single questions and brief questionnaire with a longer validated food frequency questionnaire to assess adequate fruit and vegetable intake. Nutrition. 2015; 31(7-8): 941-947.
  3. Demeny D, Jukic K, Dawson B and O'Leary F. Current practices of dietitians in the assessment and management of malnutrition in elderly patients. Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015; 72(3): 254-260.
  4. Ferrie S. Feasibility, safety and outcome of very early enteral nutrition in critically ill patients: results of an observational study (correspondence). Journal of Critical Care 2015; 30(5): 1145
  5. Lambert E and Carey S. Practice guideline recommendations on perioperative fasting - a systematic review. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2015; published online
  6. Ridley EJ, Davies AR, Robins EJ, Lukas G, Bailey MJ and Fraser JF, on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Nutrition Therapy Investigators Ferrie S, Gopalakrishnan M, Knowles S, Howey SJ, Pellegrino V, Scheinkestel C, Mills L, Chamberlain J, Hunt E, Roberts B, Ormrod K, Gilder E, McCarthy L and Parke R. Nutrition therapy in adult patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a prospective, multicentre, observational study. Critical Care and Resuscitation 2015; 17(3):183-189.
  7. Steven BR and Carey S. Nutritional management in patients with chylous effusion: a systematic review. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2015; 69, p776-780.
  8. Tan SY, Read JA, Phan VH, Beale PJ, Peat JK and Clarke SJ. The relationship between nutritional status, inflammatory markers and survival in patients with advanced cancer: a prospective cohort study. Support Care Cancer. 2015; 23(2):385-91.
  9. Tsang PY and Carey S. A qualitative study exploring food and nutrition experiences of people on Home Parenteral Nutrition in Australia. Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015; 72(1), p16-21.

Book Chapters:
  1. Ferrie S. Managing diarrhoea during enteral feeding in ICU. In: Diet and Nutrition in Critical Care, Ed. Rajkumar Rajendram, Vinood B. Patel, Victor R. Preedy. London: Springer, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4614-7837-9.
  2. Ferrie S. The right protein intake for critically ill patients. In: Diet and Nutrition in Critical Care, Ed. Rajkumar Rajendram, Vinood B. Patel, Victor R. Preedy. London: Springer, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4614-7837-9.

Presentations:

National and International:

  1. Carey S. Patient-focused services delivery models for nutrition in oncology. Gastroenterological Society of Australia Conference, Brisbane, 2015. Oral presentation
  2. Chin M, Houtzager L, Vidot H, Harvey P and Fletcher S. Nutrition knowledge and practices of people living with hepatitis C in NSW. Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference, 2015. Poster presentation.
  3. Ferrie S. Protein requirements in the critically ill: a randomised controlled trial. Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, 2015. Oral presentation.
  4. Kennewell S. Increasing allergen management requirements. Are you ready? Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, 15th Australian Microbiology Conference, Sydney, 2015. Oral presentation.
  5. Turner J, Tan C, Malalasekera A, Shillon H and Vardy J. Body weight, physical activity levels, and dietary changes in cancer survivors attending Sydney Survivorship Clinic. Flinders Survivorship Conference, Adelaide, 2015. Poster presentation.
  6. Vidot H, Lin A, Kanakazi R and Shackel N. Malnutrition in patients with cirrhosis: can nutrition intervention affect outcomes on the liver transplant waiting list? Combined Australian Gastroenterology Association/World Gastroenterology Association/Australasian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Conference, 2015. Poster presentation.

State:

  1. Tan, C. Impact of nutritional status on clinical outcomes for patients with cancer. The Latest and Greatest CPD Update for Dietitians Event, Dietitians Association of Australia, Sydney, 2015. Oral presentation.
  2. Tan, C. Nutrition in Cancer Care. Rehabilitation and Aged Care Interest Group, NSW Chapter, Dietitians Association of Australia, Sydney, 2015. Oral presentation.

District:

  1. Broadfoot K and Roberts, K. A malnutrition focused Dietitian clinic improves nutritional status in the community-dwelling elderly - a retrospective impact study. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  2. Carey S. Bridging the gap: assessing the nutrition care pathway for patients undergoing surgical treatment for oesophageal cancer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Oral presentation.
  3. Conchin S. Results of the Royal Prince Alfred mealtime environment audit. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Oral presentation.
  4. Ferrie S. Effect of increased amino acids in parenteral nutrition for the critically ill: a randomised controlled trial. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Oral presentation.
  5. Harrison M. Plugging the hole: development of a hospital-wide gastrostomy guideline for Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  6. Lambert E. Practice guideline recommendations on perioperative fasting: a systematic review. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  7. Lane S and Thompson A. The role of the dietitian assistant - more than just menu selection. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  8. Mathers L. Assessing a practical method and tool for measuring height of recumbent patients in an acute care hospital. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  9. Quinn E, Daniel K and Riley N. Post-operative nutrition following major upper gastrointestinal surgery. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  10. Roberts K and Lambert T. Do pictorial resources assist with short-term retention of dietary goals for people with CPI attending a multidisciplinary clinic? Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  11. Roberts K, Lester R, Heath C, Tsang K and Kennewell S. A literature review of food service systems used in mental health settings. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  12. Steven B. Nutritional management in patients with chyle leakage: a systematic review. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  13. Tan SY, Turner J, Butler S, Deguchi C, Khatri S, Cunningham I, Malalasekera A, Dhillon H and Vardy J. Evaluation of the first year of the Sydney Survivorship Clinic at Concord Cancer Centre: feasibility, function and clinical pathways. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  14. Vidot H. Malnutrition in patients with cirrhosis: does nutrition intervention affect outcomes on the liver transplant waiting list? Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.
  15. Wacks A. Extended scope of practice - the dietitian assistant. Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, 2015. Poster presentation.

Research Grants

GRANTING BODY AWARDEES PROJECT TITLE YEARS total $$ Years
SLHD Cancer Research Grant Sharon Carey, Merran Findlay, Susan Murray, Michelle Harrison, Charbel Sandroussi, Philip Beale, Tim Shaw, Nicole Rankin, Michael Solmon  Use of a telehealth intervention to support implementation of evidence based nutrition care pathways for patients undergoing surgery for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers in SLHD.  $59,240 2015-2017
SLHD Cancer Research Grant Janette Vardy, Cindy Tan and Haryanna Dhillon   Implementation and evaluation of a weight management program in cancer survivors  $30,000 2015
Pilot and Seed Funding from Sydney Catalyst  Janette Vardy, Cindy Tan, Amanda Salis, Prunella Blinman, Haryanna Dhillon and Jane Turner Cancer Nutrition and Exercise rehabilitation program (CaNE) for patients with advanced cancer at risk of cancer cachexia syndrome – a phase II feasibility study  $45,000 2015

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Ms Suzanne Kennewell

Department/Unit: Nutrition and Dietetics
Address:
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 7861
Facsimile: (02) 9515 6133
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: Suzanne.Kennewell@sswahs.nsw.gov.au