News for Public

**New: Bone Health in the Older Person

Bone Health Booklet OPNIG

The INDI is delighted to share a new booklet with you: "Nutrition for Falls Prevention and Bone Health in the Older Person".
This booklet was developed by dietitians in the Older Person Nutrition Interest Group (OPNIG) Carola Diettrich, Ciara Pender, Jemma Henry, Elaine Caffrey, Suzanne Hayes. As dietitians working in a variety of settings with older persons they felt there was a gap in resources for older adults in the area of nutrition and falls prevention. This leaflet provides evidenced based tips and ideas on how to improve nutrition to support bone health in older adults.
Falls can happen anywhere, to anyone, but if you have a healthy body and strong bones, the damage from a fall may be reduced.
The authors obtained feedback on the booklet from a range of health care professionals including other dietitians working in older persons services, frailty multidisciplinary team members, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speach and language therapists as well as service users. 
The booklet is for use by any health care professional working with older adults. It is available below to download in pdf version.
If you would like to order printed copies please email . There is no charge for the booklet but postage and packaging charges apply. 
We hope this new booklet will help to improve bone health in older adults and reduce the risk of falls. 


Eating Well with Parkinson's Disease

Nutrition and Parkinson's

Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease

We are delighted to launch a new booklet entitled 'Eating Well with Parkinson's Disease' which has been written by INDI registered dietitians working within the Older Person's Nutrition Interest Group. The authors have also had feedback on the booklet from a number of health care professionals including Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and also patients living with PD through the Parkinson's Association of Ireland, who were very happy to endorse the booklet.

Whilst there is no specific ’PD diet’, research to date is showing that healthy diets are beneficial to people living with PD. Diet can also play a role in improving some of the symptoms people with PD may experience such as:
• Unintentional weight loss or gain
• Chewing and swallowing difficulties
• Constipation
• Dehydration
• Osteopenia and osteoporosis

You should be referred to a Dietitian soon after your diagnosis and have ongoing reviews throughout your Parkinson’s journey. Your Dietitian can assist you with maintaining a healthy weight and muscle mass, ensuring good hydration status, and reducing your risk of constipation. Your Dietitian can help you to manage dietary issues related to your PD and advise on the best diet to maximise the effect of your PD medications.

Congratulations to Dietitians Emma Grant, Maria Lucey, Marie Hannon, and Richelle Flanagan for their work in bringing this important information booklet to fruition.

Click on the link below for the pdf of the 'Eating Well with Parkinson's Disease' booklet


Food for thought: Eating to Reduce Cancer Risk

Food for thought Eating for Health to Reduce Cancer Risk Webinar Feb 4th 2021

Eating for health can reduce your risk of cancer

For World Cancer Day (WCD) 2021 the Irish Cancer Prevention Network (ICPN) and the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI)  teamed up to increase public awareness about the impact of eating for health to reduce cancer risk.  World Cancer Day is an international awareness day held each year on the 4th February. The day seeks to raise awareness of cancer and empower individuals, populations and governments to take action to prevent and tackle cancer.

This year's WCD theme, 'I Am and I Will', focuses on the power that each person has to reduce the global impact of cancer. For World Cancer Day 2021, the INDI and ICPN held a free public webinar about eating for health to reduce cancer risk. The webinar “Food for thought: Eating to Reduce Cancer Risk” was live on Thursday 4th February at 13:00-13:45. It was delivered by Dr Heather Burns, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the National Cancer Control Programme and Sarah Keogh, Consultant Registered Dietitian at Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute. Please watch the webinar back here in your own time and we hope you find it useful and informative.


Nominations Now Open!

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We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the INDI Research Dietitian of the Year Award 2021 and Research & Quality Improvement in Dietetic Practice Award 2021 (we have changed the name of this award - it was formerly known as Research Impacting Practice Award) 

Below we have also included another document which gives examples for the shortlist for the Research & Quality Improvement in Dietetic Practice Award 2021. It may be useful to see examples of previous nominees to encourage some of your team to nominate their work.

Terms and conditions

  1. Deadline for receipt of nomination form is no later than 5pm on Friday the 8th of January 2021.
  2. Only nominations will be accepted where the nominee has agreed to attend the research symposium on Thursday the 4th of  March 2021 and present their work if shortlisted. 
  3. Nominee must be a member of the INDI and has not been shortlisted for this award in the past 2 years
  4. The award will be judged by a panel of judges.
  5. All decisions are final and based solely on information provided on nomination form.
  6. Please save  the completed form using the Dietitians (nominees) Name and year and forward it to




For examples of previous nominees for the Research & Quality Improvement in Dietetic Practice Award please see below.


Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget

Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget

As part of last week's Dublin City Council Social Inclusion Week 2020, Dietitians Louise Reynolds and Sarah Keogh hosted an informal Webinar chat about Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget. Over 65 people signed up for the lunchtime event. You can now watch back here if you missed it when it was live and feel free to use this video with any interested groups. (Please credit INDI)

Healthcare and The Law Course (Virtual) December 1st-3rd

Healthcare and the Law

These three half day workshops are for Health and Social Care Professionals who need to know more about the implications of current healthcare legislation for their own practice and, where relevant, for that of their staff. COVID19 related issues will be included too.

This bespoke three half day programme facilitated by La Touche Training will give delegates a full understanding of what they need to know from a legal perspective. The course will explore relevant legislation through use of case studies, and reference to current policies/guidelines and their practical application.

Topics covered will include the following:

• Accountability of Health and Social Care Professionals (CORU and Professional Regulation)

  • Understanding Negligence and the Duty of Care owed to your client

  • Best Practice in Record Keeping

  • The principles of Data Protection

  • Freedom of Information and access to records

  • Understanding what constitutes a valid Consent

  • Writing a Comprehensive Report

  • Employment updates in light of Covid 19

  • Witness Preparation and Giving Evidence in Courts, Inquests and Professional

    Conduct Hearings


To register, please email: with payment form (attached below).

240 Registration Fee & this fee will be collected at booking stage.