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Nutrition and psychological well-being: An integral part of clinical interventions.

A/Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli

In this century the global society faces the problem of under nutrition and of over nutrition. The former contributes to communicable disease, and the latter to the non-communicable diseases, with both nutritional states having implications for mental well being.

Refugees are vulnerable to poor nutrition. Provision of adequate food and water is a basic human right. Yet in many refugee camps there remains food insecurity with children and women particularly at risk. The problem is not restricted to inadequate calories and protein - poorer intakes of micronutrients compromise physical function and mental health. It is well documented that inadequate intakes of iron and several B vitamins compromise mental function.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
18 November 2013, New South Wales, Australia.
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A/Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli

Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, MPhilPH PhD FDAA, is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and currently responsible for the nutrition and dietetic programs at the University of Sydney. She is well known for her research in both medical nutrition therapy and in public health, and is a regular presenter at international and national conferences in nutrition, dietetics and obesity. She has published around 20 book chapters, and 90 scientific papers and invited editorials, as well as producing reports for the NHMRC to inform new Dietary Guidelines for Australia, for NSW Health and writing for the media.
Margaret’s professional body, Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), has honoured her with awards for ‘excellence in dietetic training and research’ and ‘An Outstanding Contribution’ for her work as editor of their scientific journal ‘Nutrition and Dietetics’. In 2010 the University of Sydney awarded her a Thompson Fellowship in recognition of her research and leadership abilities. She is a member of the Research Advisory Board for the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, and was on the Board of Directors and Vice President of the DAA 2008-2012.

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