Pre-Conference Workshop



Nutrition in Liver Disease Workshop
Room 205, Groenkloof Campus, University of Pretoria

Friday, 9 March
09h30 – 13h00

Maximum 50 delegates

Nutrition in the child with chronic liver disease is a known challenge and described worldwide. Recently the major impact of poor nutritional status on the outcome of paediatric liver transplants offered locally at the Paediatric Transplant Unit at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Clinic was shown: an increased mortality of up to 8 times if MAUC below the third Z-score.

We are actively engaging in a nutritional rehabilitation programme for all children with chronic liver disease in both the private and state sector. This workshop will focus on the importance of nutrition in this patient group, associated challenges, proposed methods to achieve rehabilitation goals and practical implementation.

All stakeholders in the care of children with chronic liver disease are invited to take up the challenge to improve care and outcome of children with chronic liver disease.

Programme at a Glance

Experience at the Wits Donald Gordon Transplant Unit – why the hype? – Jean Botha

Why do we struggle to get the liver patient to grow? – Marisa Beretta

Aspects of anthropometry in the liver patient – Tim de Maayer

Nutritional management in the ideal world – Alison Lang & Lindsay Archibald-Durham

What if it is a poor resource setting? – Lessons learnt from Paediatric Oncology – Judy Schoeman

So what to do? Practical algorithms – Alta Terblanche

Workshop Fees

Nurses & Dieticians R450

Doctors R900


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