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Topics and speakers in this webcast:

Can I Get Enough Vitamin D from Diet Intake Alone?

Throughout life, vitamin D plays an important role in skeletal and possibly extra-skeletal health. This talk will highlight the dietary requirements not only of vitamin D, but other important dietary factors to ensure optimal bone health in childhood and adult life. McGrice wil cover how to meet dietary requirements for vitamin D with food, how to meet dietary requirements for iron with food, foods that inhibit iron absorption, life stages that require increases in vitamin D, iron and iodine and the top food sources of iodine. 

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Expert: Melanie McGrice 

Fertility and Prenatal Dietitian; Founder of Nutrition Plus; Adjunct Academic, Swinburne University; Media Spokesperson, Dietitian’s Association of Australia


Nutrition, Children and Rickets

Nutritional rickets has re-emerged a significant paediatric health problem that can result in limb deformity, poor growth, fractures, seizures and occasionally cardiomyopathy and death. It is seen in children of all ages, most notably in infants. Nutritional rickets in almost fully preventable with universal vitamin D supplementation of pregnant woman and infants until 12 months of age. This talk will provide an overview of vitamin D metabolism and an understanding of the role that vitamin D and calcium plays in skeletal development in children and the potential devastating effect of nutritional rickets on growth and development.

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Expert: Prof Craig Munns

Senior Staff Specialist, Endocrinology; Clinical Program Director, Division of Diagnostic Services, Westmead Children’s Hospital; Professor of Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine, UNSW


Vitamin D and Calcium in Pregnancy

Pregnancy and breast feeding place extra demands on maternal mineral homeostasis. To ensure adequate maternal well-being and fetal development it is important to ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake during pregnancy and in the post-partum period. In this presentation the role of calcium and vitamin D in pregnancy will be discussed.

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Expert: Dr Therese McGee

Clinical Director, Women’s and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Sydney University; Member, Westmead Executive, Patient Care Committee and Medical Workforce Planning Committee


Vit D Supplementation in Pregnancy and Neonates - Practical Implementation

Nutritional rickets can be prevented with universal vitamin D supplementation of pregnant women and infants for the first 12 months of like. This talk will focus on the implementation of such a program and provide an insight into how it may be done successfully.

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Expert: Michelle Simmons

Registered Midwife and Nurse; CMC Postnatal and Infant Feeding, Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital; Director of Events, Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ). Michelle will be presenting with Brigitte Yakoubi a Clinical Midwifery Educator from Westmead Hospital