Food for thought: Diet quality, the microbiome and mental health

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FREE live webinar
Wednesday 16 September at 12.30-1.30pm (Syd / Melb time) (UTC +10)
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Webinar access: The webinar link will be added to this page 12 hours prior to the live webinar.


About the webinar:

There is an ever-growing body of scientific research linking diet to mental health. Not only has dietary improvement been associated with the prevention and treatment of depression, but the nutritional status of a mother pre-conception and throughout pregnancy has been shown to have a significant effect on her baby’s mental health throughout their childhood, too.

In this webinar, Professor Felice Jacka explores the dietary patterns associated with good mental health and explains the mechanisms behind them, namely the gut microbiome. You’ll learn how a fibre-rich, plant-based diet consisting of wholegrains, legumes, fruit, vegetables and olive oil benefits the microbiome and ultimately improves mental wellbeing.

Kathleen Alleume will share practical tips for creating meals and snacks with good mood food and ways to inspire your patient/clients to eat and move for mental wellbeing.


Please note a recording will be available for four weeks only following the live webinar.


About the speakers:


Felice Jacka is Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry and Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Professor Jacka has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. She has recently published a book for the general public called ‘Brain Changer’ through Pan Macmillan Australia and Yellow Kite in the UK and EU. Her children’s book – There’s a Zoo in my Poo – will be published in July 2020.





Founder of The Right Balance, Kathleen Alleaume is a Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist, Keynote Speaker and Author. She holds a degree in Exercise Science and a master’s in Nutrition. Kathleen founded The Right Balance over twenty years ago to provide up-to-date, clear, expert information about diet, exercise and wellness. Kathleen works with UNCLE TOBYS as its Nutrition Ambassador. She is also a sought-after media commentator and nutrition spokesperson who covers all the latest scientific breakthroughs, cut through the hype and translate complex science jargon into clear, simplified and practical advice.



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CPD/CEU hours are applicable for Australia and New Zealand dietitians. 1.0 CE credit available from CDR for US dietitians. Check your local country requirements to see if you can claim for continuing education.


Professional Development
Duration1 hour
CPEUs Awarded1
Performance IndicatorsN/A