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Activity description

106597 - Food as Medicine: Food and Inflammation

Monash University - Department Nutrition and Dietetics

The aim of this activity is to expand knowledge of GP's and practice staffon the relationship between nutrition and food, inflammation and health by providing the latest evidence regarding the area of dietary management of inflammation. The module will focus on providing practical information that can be applied to patients to answer patient questions, along with providing dietary information to assist with management of inflammation.

Relevance to General Practice

Increased levels of inflammation with ageing underpins natural health decline. However, chronic conditions such as CVD and type 2 diabetes that were previously associated with ageing are now more widespread in younger age-groups, driven by lifestyle factors that induce low-grade, chronic inflammation. Once a person is in a state of increased inflammation, their risk of developing other conditions is also increased.
Chronic inflammation underlies the development of complications associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Despite research indicating that many GPs feel they are well prepared to treat overweight and obesity, the latest statistics from the 2011-2012 Australia Health Survey show that 63% of Australians are now overweight or obese, with 28% classified as obese; equating to a 3-fold increase over the past 30 years.
Diet and inflammation is an emerging area in nutrition education and there is a need for health professionals to provide evidence based advice.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss how inflammation is involved in disease development and progression
  2. Describe the role of nutrition for optimising management of low-grade chronic inflammation.
  3. Discuss the complex interplay between nutrition, immune function & inflammation, & translation to using a whole-diet approach when providing dietary advice
  4. Evaluate the complexity and variability of inflammatory responses in non-communicable diseases
  5. Promote optimal nutrition in patients with an inflammatory conditions by developing and providing handouts and resources.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Quality evidence-based resources are critically analysed and utilised

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health

Partnering organisations

Monash University

Activity sponsor


Session summary


Monday 5 Aug 2019 12:00pm - Sunday 18 Aug 2019 12:00am







All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Melissa Adamski
T: 0399053458