Unfriendly Food: Investigating Food Chemical Intolerance

This professional development event will explore the use of the elimination diet, challenge and liberalisation protocols of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit, for the diagnosis and management of food chemical intolerance. It will be practical in its focus, to increase dietitians’ understanding and skills for use in their clinical practice. It will include discussion about food sources of problematic food chemicals (both natural and additives), the range of symptoms, client assessment, elimination diet, challenge and liberalisation protocols, and helpful resources.


This hybrid event is brought to you by the South Australia Branch (2023).

13 October 2023 at 9:30pm - 4:30pm (Adelaide time, ACDT)  
13 October 2023 at 7:00am - 2:00pm (AWST)
13 October 2023 at 9:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST)
13 October 2023 at 10:00am - 5:00pm (AEDT)

Application into practice: 

Participants will recognise the clinical signs and symptoms of food chemical intolerance, gain better working knowledge of food chemicals that can trigger adverse reactions, develop skill in assessment for food chemical intolerance, and understand the principles of the diagnostic elimination diet and challenge protocol to identify a patient's food triggers.

Location options: 

- Face-to-face at Room 2.3, Level 2, Flinders University at Victoria Square, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000
- Virtual via Zoom (Note: this will be in the webinar fomat in Zoom, so virtual attendees will only be able to communicate via the Chat and Q&A)

Program schedule: 

9:30am   Welcome and introductions
9:40am   Background to food chemical intolerance
10:15am   Morning tea break 
10:30am   Suspect food chemicals and where they are found
11:10am   Investigating food chemical intolerance: Elimination diet protocols
12:00pm  Q&A 
12:15pm   Lunch break 
1:00pm   Investigating food chemical intolerance: Food challenges and liberalising
2:00pm  Putting it into practice: Resources, real life presentations
2:30pm  Afternoon tea break 
2:45pm   Putting it into practice: Case studies 
3:45pm    Q&A
4:30pm    Close 



Dr. Anne Swain (Dip Nut & Diet, AdvAPD, PhD [USYD], Member Associations: DA, INDANA, ASCIA) is recognised as a leading expert in the field of food intolerance and food allergy, both in Australia and overseas. She has been the Head Dietitian at the Allergy Unit of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Sydney for over 45 years. Anne is co-author of the book Friendly Food and the RPAH Food Intolerance Handbooks 1 & 2. She has contributed to the development of policy and protocols for food allergy and food intolerance for NSW Health, FSANZ and other professional organisations. Anne is involved in research, education programmes, has scientific publications and is a University lecturer and mentor to students and graduated dietitians.

Melanie Reid (Accredited Practising Dietitian) has worked as a Rural Generalist Dietitian in Victor Harbor, SA, for the past 38 years. She developed a special interest in food chemical intolerance when a visiting immunologist began referring clients for supervised elimination diet and challenge protocols. Over the past 35 years, she has supported many hundreds of clients with food chemical intolerance in a community setting.

Continuing professional development: 

This event is worth 6 CPD hours. Member CPD logs will be automatically updated within 1-3 business days of the event.

Presentation content for this event will undergo the peer-review process.

Access details: 

Attendee access details will be sent out via email on 12 October 2023. The event recording will be emailed to all registrants within 1-3 business days of the live event.


Dietitians Australia members: $150 | Non-members: $210 

Please be sure you have submitted your payment details and completed your registration after choosing which location you will be attending.


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13/10/2023 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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