Dietitian to speak at Asperger Support meeting

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Dietitian to speak at Asperger Support meeting


21 February 2013

Well-known paediatric dietitian Justine Urbahn will be the guest speaker at the next Asperger Support Group meeting at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Monday 4 March.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting at USC’s UniClub from 6.30-8pm, at which Mrs Urbahn will speak about the role of food in managing behavioural issues.

Mrs Urbahn is accredited with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia and can assist infants, children and adolescents in all areas of nutrition including weight issues, behavioural eating problems, fussy eating, allergies and food intolerances.

USC Associate Lecturer Dr Michelle Curran said the Asperger Support Group was formed last year as a joint project of Asperger Services Australia Ltd and the USC Psychology Clinic.

Dr Curran said the inclusive group provided support for parents and extended families of those on the autism spectrum.

“Meetings are held monthly on the USC campus and, to date, we have found that the shared communication between parents of young people and adults on the autism spectrum has increased knowledge, understanding and awareness,” she said.

USC Psychology Clinic Director Dr Dixie Statham said the support group also helped provide for the collaboration and training of health professionals.

“Our Master of Psychology (Clinical) students regularly attend the group’s meetings to provide input and to expand their knowledge of those on the spectrum, across the lifespan,” she said.

“It is essential that we have more trained professionals in this area, given that the World Health Organisation has identified that one in every 100 people are on the autism spectrum.”

For more details contact Dr Curran at 5456 5074 or email

Contact Asperger Services Australia Ltd on (07) 3865 2911.

Terry Walsh

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