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Food as Medicine: Food and Inflammation

Understand how food and nutrition relates to inflammation with this course for healthcare professionals.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Food as Medicine: Food and Inflammation

This course is part of the Using Food as Medicine in Healthcare Practice program, which will enable you to learn how to use food as medicine in healthcare practice .

Learn how to answer questions related to inflammation and disease, and food

On this course, designed specially for healthcare professionals, get an introduction to current evidence surrounding the impact of nutrition and foods on development and treatment of chronic low-grade inflammation, and potential subsequent disease development

Designed by experts in food, nutrition and genetics from Monash University, and featuring input from General Practitioners and nurses this course will give you up to date information on inflammation and health, and help you to help your patients incorporate foods with potential anti-inflammatory properties into their diet.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHELEN TRUBY: My name's Helen Truby. I'm Head of Nutrition and Dietetics here at Monash University in Australia. This course has been designed for health professionals and it assumes prior knowledge of medicine and science. However, we hope it will provide you with an updated amount of evidence around how to use foods in an anti-inflammatory process and how you might then advise your patients how they can use food as medicine. Information has been a very hot topic in nutrition science for the last few years as we realise that visceral adipose tissue, once thought to be the innocuous substance sitting around people's waistline, was actually metabolically active and driving disease such as Type 2 diabetes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsIt's important, therefore, that we understand how food may be involved in the inflammatory process and, indeed, how we might use it more medicinally to prevent inflammation. So no longer are we concerned just about how people look, but actually we know that that visceral fat that sits around people's waistlines is doing people a lot of harm. So what are we going to do about it? Well, this course is designed to try and help you to provide you with information about the science of inflammation, about pro-inflammatory processes, and how they might be involved in different types of inflammation, both in diseases such as arthritis but also in chronic conditions such as obesity.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 secondsWe're also going to use a case study approach so you can understand how you might advise your patients about how they might use foods in their diet to get an anti-inflammatory effect. We hope that you will enjoy the course about how you might use food as medicine.

What topics will you cover?

  • Inflammation and health
  • Metabolic inflammation
  • Inflammation and non-communicable disease
  • Inflammation and nutrition recommendations
  • Providing practical recommendations to patients regarding inflammation and diet

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss how inflammation is involved in disease development and progression.
  • Evaluate the complexity and variability of inflammatory responses in non-communicable diseases.
  • Describe the role of nutrition for optimising management of low-grade chronic inflammation.
  • Discuss the complex interplay between nutrition, immune function and inflammation, and how this translates to using a whole-diet approach when providing dietary recommendations.
  • Engage effectively with patients and respond to common nutrition and inflammation related questions.

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals, specifically medical specialists, general practitioners and nurses.

However, the course may be of benefit to healthcare professionals such as dietitians and nutritionists with a background in nutrition, who may like a ‘refresher’ in this area of study.

You should have a good knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.

This course is recognised by:

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): this activity has been approved/allocated 40 Category 1 points by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium.

In order to meet the RACGP QI&CPD Program requirements to receive 40 Category 1 points, RACGP members must complete all parts of this course, including the reinforcing activity, by 3 November 2017

  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA): this activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 6 CPD hours.

  • British Dietetic Association (BDA): endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity.

  • Association for Nutrition (AfN): endorsed for CPD. Registered Nutritionists can work with acutely-ill patients only under the close supervision of a Dietitian or other regulated health professional.

Who will you learn with?

Aimee Dordevic

Dr Aimee Dordevic is a Registered Nutritionist (Australia & UK) involved in research and teaching at Monash University. She specialises in molecular nutrition in health and chronic disease.

Simone Gibson

Simone is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Senior Lecturer at Monash University. She has a PhD in nutrition/educational research and has experience in a wide range of clinical areas.

Helen Truby

I am Professor and Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Monash University. My professional background is paediatric dietetics and have research interests in clinical nutrition and metabolism

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

Who is this accredited by?

APNA: Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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Learning specifically designed for healthcare professionals

Learn best practice from experts

This course has been specifically designed to support healthcare professionals’ continuing professional development (CPD). It’s ideal for keeping your skills up to date, and demonstrating your progress during appraisals or revalidation.

  • Learn hands-on skills that you can apply to your practice
  • Get up-to-date, unbiased information based on the latest research and best practice
  • Learn from and get your questions answered by expert academics and clinicians

Learn from the experiences of other health professionals

On this course, you’ll have the option to study with a small group of motivated healthcare professionals, meaning your course will count towards your participatory CPD.

  • Get access to a range of healthcare professionals
  • Share and debate your opinions
  • Learn from the diverse experiences of other professionals

Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access

When you buy this course, you’ll have unlimited access to it for as long as it exists on FutureLearn, enabling you to fit learning around your schedule.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Revisit the material at any time
  • Engage in reflection, helping you apply what you learn in your practice

Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours

Once you complete the course you’ll receive a digital and printed Certificate of Achievement to demonstrate your CPD. The Certificate and accompanying transcript includes:

  • Detailed learning outcomes
  • CPD hours required to complete the course
  • Details of any bodies that accredit or endorse the course


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