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Old Wed, Oct-03-18, 02:12
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Default DAA to wind up its corporate partnerships

The Dietitians Association of Australia announces an end to its current corporate partnership program:

DAA’s Corporate Partnership Program has been of value to DAA and its members for the last 20 years. However, with the appointment of our new CEO coinciding with outcomes from our recent member surveys, it was timely to conduct a major review.

In April, our members were invited to complete a survey to express their views on DAA’s Corporate Partnership Program. All responses were collated by the DAA Corporate Partnerships Program Working Group and findings were presented to the DAA Board.

The DAA Board, together with new CEO Robert Hunt, have decided to conclude Corporate Partnership Agreements with companies within or related to food manufacturing and food industry associations. Prior to this decision being made, Nestlé and DAA had already mutually agreed that their partnership would conclude at the end of the year in line with their current contract. DAA will honour existing contractual arrangements until Corporate Partnerships conclude on the 31st December, 2018.

Our Corporate Partners are mutually agreeable on this direction. Despite having robust procedures and policies in place, and both parties valuing and respecting independence, increasingly we are having to refute that our partnerships impact the advice our members provide.

We believe this change will allow our members to feel empowered, and strengthen their positive influence within their practice. Accredited Practising Dietitians in all practice areas have an important role to play and DAA will continue to support members as they work to build healthier communities.

DAA will continue to advocate across the nutrition spectrum, working with all stakeholders including government, food industry, public health representatives, media and others. This change will allow DAA to strengthen our voice around important issues that impact the health of Australians. These issues include obesity, mental health, National Disability Insurance Scheme and a new National Nutrition Policy.

DAA is committed to achieving our vision of being the ‘leading voice of nutrition and dietetics’ and feel this change assists to strengthen our influence in building healthier communities through nutrition.
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Old Wed, Oct-03-18, 03:17
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Appears to be a good move, and they get out of the way of the LC dieticians. They can "empower" them by reinstating their licenses. Starting with Jennifer Elliott
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Our Corporate Partners are mutually agreeable on this direction. Despite having robust procedures and policies in place, and both parties valuing and respecting independence, increasingly we are having to refute that our partnerships impact the advice our members provide.

In other words, Corporate Partners like these are a clear conflict of interest with the intended mission of the DAA, and the DAA is tired of trying to justify the relationship. This is good news, Grav. Let's hope it serves as a springboard for other countries' dietary associations to do the same. It has started to a small degree in the U.S. where sponsorships by sport and soft drink makers have been eliminated in certain areas, but food manufacturers still are funding some types of dietary "research." The conflicts must be exposed and eliminated before any sense of credibility can be restored. This also removes a major source of funding that these associations have depended on over many years. Sounds like this is just the beginning of a major change.
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Good news indeed. Let's not mistake marketing for information.
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Commentary article by Dr Maryanne Demasi for

On World Diabetes Day last year, I wrote an opinion piece about the problems with our approach to treating diabetes. In short, the current dietary advice for people with diabetes is to consume a ‘low fat’ diet based in high-fibre carbohydrate foods like breads, cereals and grains.

Notwithstanding this conventional advice, these carbohydrate-rich foods cause major fluctuations in blood glucose levels for people with diabetes. Patients are told to manage the flux of glucose in the blood by using medications like insulin, which come with significant side effects.

A more practical approach is to limit the amount of carbs consumed in the diet and therefore reduce the dependence on high-dose medications. Unfortunately, this commonsense approach runs counter to the advice from many “dietary experts” who claim low-carb diets are a “fad”.

The reasons for maintaining this unscientific view have much to do with protecting financial relationships. Our previous investigations have revealed the undue influence of the sugar and cereal lobbies over our trusted public health institutions. But are we now seeing a U-turn in financial conflicts?

Big Food Influence

This author has spent the last year investigating the influence of the cereal and sugar industries which fund the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and Diabetes Australia. Our investigations revealed these organisations, which issue dietary advice to people with diabetes, are educating their members with learning materials which have been sponsored by the food companies like cereal giants Nestle, Kellogg’s and Sanitarium.

Despite robust denials that receiving money from the food industry influences their dietary advice, an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence appears to contradict this position.

In a surprising move, however, the DAA has just announced that it will be ceasing its corporate relationships with food manufacturing and food industry associations by December 31, 2018.

Current and former members of the DAA have praised the decision. Many perceive it as the DAA’s renewed commitment to the dissemination of independent dietary advice. In our recent expose, coined ‘Wheatileaks’, secret documents revealed the tactics used by a cereal industry front group to sanitise negative messages about sugar-laden breakfast cereals.

The organisation paid money to the DAA, which was complicit in influencing public opinion about the benefits of cereal and cereal products by co-opting influential dietitians to peddle industry-funded science. The leaked documents even propose “active defence” strategies against those who pose a threat to their messaging and branding.

I was specifically targeted after producing a documentary about “Low Carb Diets” for ABC’s Catalyst science program in 2014. Also named in the documents was Dr Gary Fettke, an orthopaedic surgeon who rose to prominence after he was sanctioned by Australia’s medical regulator, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA, for advising his patients to consume less dietary sugar. The vexatious complaint originated from the DAA.

Other high profile names include lawyer and author of Sweet Poison, David Gillespie, Paleo advocate and celebrity chef Pete Evans and the creator of ‘I Quit Sugar’, Sarah Wilson. The implied effect of this ‘active defence’ was that dietitians with ‘influence’ would write negative press articles, social media posts and lodge complaints to TV networks or universities to shut down scientific debates about these issues.

The Wheatileaks documents are damning of the DAA and are likely to have played a role in its decision to sever ties with the food industry.

Gary Fettke exonerated

In another announcement, again both unexpected and positive, AHPRA has over-turned its decision to impose sanctions on Fettke. After subjecting him to a gruelling, three-year inquiry for daring to advise his patients to consume less sugar, AHPRA has relented. Fettke was cleared of all charges.

AHPRA reversed its decision to ban Fettke from giving nutritional advice to his patients and issued him with a formal apology. “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the errors that were made when dealing with this notification. We recognise that these errors are likely to have compounded any distress that you experienced as a result of being the subject of this investigation,” wrote AHPRA.

This is not just a win for Fettke, but for hundreds of other doctors who’ve remained deliberately silent on this issue, for fear of retribution. Fettke says a Royal Commission is warranted into the egregious influence of food industry on our government’s dietary guidelines.

The tide is turning

After what seemed to be uncompromising resistance to the latest scientific evidence, Diabetes Australia has issued a new position statement about ‘Low Carb Diets’ for people with diabetes:

“There is reliable evidence that lower carb eating can be safe and useful in lowering average blood glucose levels in the short term (up to 6 months). It can also help reduce body weight and help manage heart disease risk factors such as raised cholesterol and raised blood pressure,” wrote Diabetes Australia.

The statement from Diabetes Australia even suggests that low carb diets may assist people with managing Type-1 diabetes. The new position has been celebrated on social media and among special interest groups, which say it a step towards regaining their trust in public health institutions.

In all, it seems the tide is turning. Slowly. Doctors, dieticians and other health professionals believe the exoneration of Fettke, the acceptance of low carb diets and increased scrutiny over the conflicts of interest, will improve patient care and enable people to make more informed decisions about their health.

The time has come for radical reform of our dietary guidelines, ensuring scientific independence and evidence-based advice.

"Wheatileaks," I love it.
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