Title : The Role and Prospects of Future Nutrition Graduates to Face 4.0 Era

Organized by : ISAGI

Schedule : Tuesday, August 6, 2019. 12.30-13.30

Room : Frangipani

Speaker 1 : Karen Kay Mejosa

Profile : Karen is pursuing her PhD degree and academe work for University of New South Wales. Her thesis is about developing food-based approaches to improve nutrient density of complementary foods among the Filipino young children; She is also a casual academic for UNSW School of Chemical Engineering- Food and Health Cluster and School of Public Health and Community Medicine giving lectures and tutorials in Advanced Nutrition and General Health and Nutrition courses (2016 to present). She has started professional career as an academian in Philippine Womens University where I taught several courses namely Nutritional Biochemistry, Nutrition Assessment and Basic Nutrition (2014-2016). She was participated in SEANLP (South East Asian Nutrition Leadership Program) in 2015 and became The Best Participant

Abstract :

Championing Nutrition Through Transformational Leadership

Background/Aims: Nutrition, being interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral in nature, is a cornerstone for building strong human capital and sustainable development. For a nutrition service to be delivered effectively, professionals who share a common ground in nutrition must have the ability to work across sectors, disciplines and political sublevels. To address the persisting and future challenges for nutrition, strong advocacy with high-level collaboration, effective communication and sharing of technical inputs within and between stakeholders are necessary. Transformational leadership, the ability to drive engagement and focus on people’s excellence to realize a goal, is therefore imperative in nutrition. The role of leadership skill development in nutrition has received greater attention in the past decade. Capacity-building workshops and networking of leaders provide the opportunity to share the latest knowledge, evidence, and cutting-edge tools needed to bring about change in nutrition policies and programmes. Nutrition leadership initiatives are intended to create national and regional platforms and empower nutrition professionals so that they are able to catalyse change and strengthen cross-sectoral and vertical engagement from national to the grassroots level. Transformational leadership plays a crucial role in building and guiding multidisciplinary teams and ensuring that nutrition outcomes and impacts are prioritized. A network of nutrition leaders having a common purpose not only empowers the human resource but can also lead the entire system towards committed actions to help end malnutrition.


Speaker 2 : Muh. Nur Hasan Syah

Profile : Muh. Nur Hasan Syah, graduated from the Public Health Program in Nutrition at Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia and currently working as a lecturer. He was selected for President of Ikatan Sarjana Gizi Indonesia (ISAGI) until now. He has participated in various types of training in the fields of nutrition and health as well as the international nutrition congress. In 2017, he became a delegate of an early career travel grant award from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) at the International Congress of Nutrition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Abstract :

Young Nutritionist Organization: Lesson Learn From Bachelor of Nutrition Organization of Indonesia (ISAGI)

Background/Aims: Bachelor of Nutrition in Indonesia is a new profession, the first alumni of the undergraduate program in the field of nutrition has been around since 2006. After more than a decade, there have been tens of thousands of undergraduate nutritionists in Indonesia. On this basis, an organization was formed that can accommodate nutrition scholars in Indonesia. Since 2010 a specialized nutrition organization (ISAGI) was formed. The main objective of the organization is to help improve the competence and ability and motivation of each member to play a role in the development of nutrition, especially in Indonesia. ISAGI is the only nutritional organization that the majority is managed by young nutritionists. ISAGI has carried out various programs, such as nutrition competency training, community nutrition education activities and nutrition leadership training for youth. In addition, ISAGI also contributed to important meetings that discussed nutrition policy in Indonesia. ISAGI provides support to young nutritionists to continue to excel, one of which is a recommendation to get a scholarship, support from speakers at various seminars and giving motivation to prospective nutritionists. Of course, many obstacles and challenges are faced, but with the principle of “big impact small actions” ISAGI can grow into an organization that is beneficial for nutrition development.

Speaker 3 : Tony Arjuna, M.NuDiet, PhD, AN,APD

Profile : Tony Arjuna, is a doctor in clinical nutrition and is a graduate of the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide. He is currently a lecturer in the Health Nutrition Study Program, Gajah Mada University. He was awarded as Endeavor Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CRE in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health. He earned a degree as Nutritionist and Dietitian in Australia, and was the Chair of the ISAGI in 2011.

Abstract :

The Role of Nutritionists and Dietitians Around The World

Background/Aims: Nutrition and dietetics is one of the youngest professions in Indonesian Health Care System. Despite its inception from early 1950s, the profession has not gain significant roles and development until 2003 when the first bachelor’s degree in nutrition was offered at major public Universities such as Gadjah Mada University, Diponegoro University, Brawijaya University, University of Indonesia and Bogor Agricultural University. Since then, the profession has undergone significant changes in its education, professional practice and organizational systems. However, it is clear that the growth of the profession, particularly the roles, responsibilities and development in Indonesia has been somewhat lagging behind other countries around the world. Thus, this paper aims to compare the education systems, roles and responsibilities of Nutritionists and Dietitians in Indonesia against more established groups who have shaped the profession and created standards for education and practice, i.e. the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics USA and the Dietitians Association of Australia. This comparison highlighted the more advanced roles and responsibilities assumed by Nutritionist and Dietitians in the USA and Australia which were supported by their comprehensive education and training systems compared to Indonesia. Hence, to move forward, it is essential that Indonesian Nutritionists and Dietitians seek collaborations with International Nutrition and Dietetic colleagues to extend work in developing the profession. This is even more important considering that nowadays nutrition-related diseases are becoming global health issues and client’s need for a more professional and specialists dietetics service by Indonesian Nutritionists and Dietitians.