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Letters from the outgoing and incoming presidents

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Summary feedback from outgoing executive committee portfolio holders

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Meet the new ADSA executive committee

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FROM THE OUTGOING AND INCOMING PRESIDENTS

Final reflections

significant challenges that South African households faced including high levels of poverty, unequal distribution of income and wealth and inequality in health outcomes.

Christine Taljaard-Krugell (ADSA President 2018 - 2021)

Since the inception of ADSA, volunteers have served to protect and promote the profession. Hence, I would like to start this message by thanking all those who have gone before me in serving the profession: past ADSA presidents, past executive committee members, past branch chairs and committees.

Three years and a worldwide pandemic later, the above, unfortunately, still holds. And while the National Health Insurance, as well as the HPCSA process of developing the new nutrition professional, might have been stalled in the process, these remain realities of our future.

My time as president has been beyond what I could ever have imagined. This specific time in ADSA’s history will be marked by COVID-19. I hope that it will also be remembered as a time in which ADSA was relevant, transparent and inclusive. A time where we strived to remain true to our vision.

I have always seen this background as an opportune time for dietitians to make an impact, to be relevant and to serve. I cannot think of anyone more equipped to lead ADSA in this era than Maria van der Merwe. It has been my pleasure to work with Maria and my honour to hand the reins over to her.

While reflecting on the time that I had the opportunity to serve ADSA, I page back to one of my first formal communications to ADSA members in the ADSA e-newsletter, volume 3, 2018. The letter mentions the

It is with great anticipation that I am looking forward to the ICD 2021 that will take place in September. A special word of thanks to Tanya Schmidt, Lisanne du Plessis, the 3

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Pleased to meet you

Local Organising and Scientific Committees. It might not look the way we envisaged it many years ago, but the dream to host a world-class congress is very much alive and will become reality in September.

Maria van der Merwe (ADSA President 2021 - 2023)

It is an honour to have the opportunity to lead ADSA over the next two years. I will endeavour to continue to serve the profession as directed by our vision:

Reflecting on the words of Renata Micha, Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, I agree that 2021 presents unprecedented opportunities for action and must be a turning point. May ADSA continue to be part of a global movement to bring about positive change in nutrition.

To represent and develop the dietetic profession to contribute towards achieving optimal nutrition for all South Africans. A clear path unfolds when this vision is unpacked into three distinct components - representation, development and optimal nutrition. We aspire to address these components during our term, to support and promote the continued growth of the profession of dietetics in South Africa.

YOURS IN NUTRITION,

Christine Taljaard-Krugell

Representation: Further enhancing demographic and social diversity in the profession and in our leadership structures, including representation of all sectors of employment; in various invited and claimed spaces.

Development: Individually and collectively; along with health system development in the country as we progress towards universal health coverage while facing and overcoming the diverse challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

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Optimal nutrition:

committee, to also share your vision on how we can continue to serve and grow the profession.

Evidence-based practice and dissemination of nutrition information through various existing platforms and by seeking new opportunities for awareness, promotion and advocacy.

It is a privilege to be hosting the ICD 2021 during our term. Thank you to the Local Organising and Scientific Committees for your selfless commitment and perseverance to bring this event to African soil. While the format of this and many other events may have morphed from what we envisioned, we are ready to adapt and to embrace the opportunities that come with change.

This cannot be achieved when working in isolation. Thank you to each member of the extended executive committee, a diverse team of passionate and committed individuals, for volunteering to serve in the various portfolios. Some of you may be new to these leadership roles, while others are seasoned and well known within the association – bringing a combination of experience and a fresh approach to the table.

Thank you for the opportunity afforded to me to take the reins, I am indeed standing on the shoulders of giants who served before me.

As we strive to keep moving closer to this vision, on the path laid by preceding leaders, I invite ADSA members to actively join the extended committee on this journey. Many opportunities exist for participation and engagement, from being an ADSA spokesperson or featured in our blog, to participating on our social media platforms or attending ADSA events. Please connect with branch committees and members of the executive

Best wishes to all our members for the 2021 to 2023 term.

Maria van der Merwe

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SUMMARY FEEDBACK

Summary feedback FR OM O UTG O I N G E X E C U T I V E COM M IT T EE P ORT FO L I O H O L DE R S

(2019 – 2021) As we reflect back on the past term, our outgoing portfolio holders have shared a summary of key tasks, achievements and highlights during the term that was.

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CPD PORTFOLIO

SECRETARY PORTFOLIO

JANKE DRAPER

CARLA GERRYTS

(Joined the Executive Committee March 2021)

1. Managing member, public and media requests from the info@adsa platform

A sincere word of appreciation to Michelle McDermott who led the online webinar progress from June 2019 – March 2021.

One of the key tasks of the secretary is to answer and/or redirect all incoming emails to the appropriate channel. This reduces the workload of other exec members and enables them to focus on more specific projects and objectives.

Online webinars on executive and branch level Hosting online webinars was a key development that was investigated from the beginning of the term. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the process was fast-tracked, and online webinars were hosted at executive as well as branch level via the Zoom platform. More than 280 CPD points were made available in 2020 via ADSA branches and on the Executive level. The hosting of online webinars was also successful with some branches hosting their own events with previous training from the executive committee. This platform made it possible and affordable to reach many ADSA and non-ADSA members. It was also very effective in providing access to CPD points during a challenging time.

2. Part of the PPD sub-portfolio With many of the assigned queries being PPD related, I also am part of the PPD subcommittee that assists in achieving the goal and objectives of the umbrella portfolio. This included assisting in arranging the POPI/PAIA Get Informed webinar and resources for our members.

3. COVID-19 Vaccination registration and queries One of the portfolio’s biggest tasks this year was assisting the Public Sector portfolio with vaccination queries, registration, and communication. This also included assisting in preparing data for the submission to the appropriate advocacy groups and relevant associations to ensure that access is obtained for out-of-hospital private dietitians.

Personally, for me to serve on the ADSA Executive Committee for a very short period of 2 months, was such a privilege. I am looking forward to serving on this committee during the next term.

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MEMBERSHIP PORTFOLIO

these times and needed to move onto a recognised online platform, • ADSA worked with various health groups to provide dietitians the information needed to receive the vaccine early with other health professionals, • ADSA updated and improved our web page and especially the publicfacing Find a Registered Dietitian page.

KERRY-ANN DOLLOWAY & CAYLIN GOODCHILD

We would like to wish the new Executive Committee all the very best for the coming term - it will be one amazing ride.

What an interesting term we have had. We feel proud to have worked with some amazing dietitians during these very different and challenging times.

Special word from Kerry-Ann Dolloway: ‘I am very glad to have served on ADSA for all these years and I want to thank each and every one of you for upholding our profession and never giving up.’

Highlight 1 A highlight for us was that through all this uncertainty our membership numbers remained consistent. As membership, we continuously aim to remain relevant to members and improve diversity. We supported and encouraged dietitians as the world went into lockdown. We aimed to always be available to answer questions, provide advice and support dietitians.

SPONSORSHIP PORTFOLIO CHANTAL WELSH

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The sponsorship portfolio has been very busy this year as we welcomed some of our wonderful sponsors from previous years. DSM, our Platinum sponsor; Pick ‘n Pay and Unilever have both renewed as Silver sponsors. We have been very privileged to also welcome our newest sponsor

Throughout the pandemic, certain ADSA membership benefits were enhanced: • ADSA organized online CPD activities, many for no charge, • ADSA worked with the HPCSA to recognise that dietitians needed to continue supporting clients through

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REPRESENTATION PORTFOLIO

Eat Well, Live Well as a Gold sponsor. As ADSA we would struggle to be able to run effectively and efficiently without our generous sponsors. We are grateful and appreciate each of them, and hope they will find benefit in their sponsorship with ADSA.

KELLY FRANCIS 1. Attending the Child Health Priorities Conference at NWU in Potchefstroom (Nov 2019)

Due to the pandemic and the new way of presenting branch events, we have developed a set of guidelines for advertisers at online events. Advertisers will have the opportunity to take one of two package options for the branch CPD events, where they will be able to showcase a new product or give the attendees an update on products. The online event guidelines ensure that the advertiser and the information they will be sharing is scientific, within our general sponsorship guidelines and in line with our constitution.

The hungry children in South Africa are always in my heart but this conference was a humbling reminder of the work that needs to be done. The theme “Championing Change for Children: Survive, Thrive and Transform”, was also a great motivation for the resetting of mindsets and goals. It simply isn’t enough to just achieve age 5 survival for children. They deserve to thrive well beyond this ‘milestone’.

Thank you to all of the National Sponsors and the Branch advertisers for supporting ADSA.

2. Compiling the Lockdown Recipe Book (https://www.adsa.org.za/ recipes) During the most uncertain of times, it was wonderful to respond to a need and gather practical recipes to help people make nutritious meals using standard food parcel ingredients and economical foods. I received great feedback from this project, it was well worth doing.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS PORTFOLIO

PUBLIC SECTOR PORTFOLIO

RETHA HARMSE

MARIA VAN DER MERWE

1. Personal growth

1. Facing and responding to COVID-19

Looking back to the dietitian and person I was before serving in this portfolio almost feels like thinking back 10 years instead of two. I’ve learnt a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses and won’t trade it for the world.

Reflection on the past term is mostly overshadowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted on our daily lives and livelihood. While honouring the memory of colleagues and loved ones we lost due to the pandemic, we reflect on contributions made to advocate for nutrition for all South Africans as well as equitable access to vaccination for all health care practitioners. Following the initial outbreak response, reviewing and interpreting lockdown regulations and providing support to members, we responded to reports on the extent of poverty, hunger and inequality in the country which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and initiated a ‘call for action on nutrition’ along with the NSSA and DIP. This call resulted in extensive media exposure and awareness of the poverty and food insecurity plight of many South Africans. It also spurred further action, including our Health-E recipe book in the context of food relief and further engagement with organisations providing food relief.

2. Interaction with the media It was the biggest pleasure to upskill and equip our Spokespersons (and myself) through Media training. Also growing in sharing nutrition messages with the public in a clear, concise and practical manner!

3. Social media Our social channels are such powerful communication tools, and this year I have made it my aim to interact with the public and showcase our profession and dietitians. A huge achievement was specifically growing our ADSA Instagram to over a thousand followers in less than a month. It was such a pleasure to serve on this committee and I look forward to another term.

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PRIVATE PRACTICING DIETITIANS (PPD) PORTFOLIO

2. Providing inputs into policy processes on behalf of dietitians During this term, we have been afforded the opportunity to provide inputs into various policy processes, on behalf of dietitians. This included the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of NonCommunicable Diseases, and the Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy. ADSA also actively participated in the NHI / Presidential Compact, including contributions made towards the human resources for health plan.

ALTA KLOPPERS 1 .Billing Project The project started running from the last quarter of 2020 and involves changing the existing time-based codes to procedure codes. The current funding model was ‘dissected’ to allow for realistic relative value units allocated to procedures. A member meeting was held on 10th April 2021 and comments from members were incorporated into the final document that is now shared with Discovery and GEMS for comments. The new model is proposed to be implemented from 2022.

3. Community service dietitians placement, orientation and support ADSA has been an active participant during the planning and placement of community service dietitians. In 2021, we shared a welcome and orientation book with all new community service dietitians, including a summary of nutrition related policies and guideline documents, as well as practical guidance on administrative processes and general information on the profession and association.

2. COIDA (Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act) After years of attempting to list dietitians as service providers to members of the Workmen’s Compensation Fund, ADSA, yet again, submitted comments to the COIDA bill regarding the matter of dietitians not published as part of the lists of services. ADSA was invited to present an oral submission to the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour virtually on 21 April 2021 during the Public Hearing.

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To date ADSA received no feedback. However, the matter is being followed up regularly. Although there is no positive feedback yet, this presentation brings ADSA one huge step closer to attempting all possible routes to get listed.

geophysical locations which made meetings and communication difficult. There were also financial challenges of branches. We engaged in dialogue on these matters for the first time with a willingness for a more standardized approach to communications.

3. PPD Sub-Committee planned for the next term (2021 – 2023)

2. Online CPD Events Together with the CPD portfolio holder, willing branches were involved with training about arranging online CPD events.

It is planned to extend the PPD portfolio, possibly through forming a sub-committee addressing different portfolios within the PPD portfolio. Establishing this committee will possibly contribute to serving private practicing dietitians more effectively in a structured and sustainable fashion.

3. Diversity & ADSA Diversity within ADSA and the ongoing need to diversify and the benefits it may offer in an evolving association was discussed. Branches displayed an interest in attending a diversity workshop in the future.

BRANCH LIAISON

4. Positive outcomes serving on the Executive Committee

BAHEYA NAJAAR

Lastly, being involved with a group of proactive women was such an inspiration and lifted my spirit during COVID-19. It was refreshing to see the willingness to continue with the works of the association during trying times. The support and understanding received from every single team member was invaluable. This team provided me with hope for the future of the association.

1. Branch Liaison portfolio was in essence to ensure communication with branches. Getting to know the Branch Chairs and some of the real challenges facing branches. Handovers between the branch chairs were not always standardized, with some branches having minimal to no clear handover. Other branches were challenged with

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COMMUNICATIONS PORTFOLIO

TREASURY

MONIQUE SMORENBURG

MONIQUE PIDERIT As ADSA Communications portfolio holder from 2019 – 2021, I proudly led the revamp of the ADSA website and logo. With the world going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a naturally appropriate time to refresh and re-energise the online face of ADSA. The highlight of my time as ADSA Communications portfolio holder was the encouraging feedback and appreciation received from ADSA members, both locally and around the world.

Within the treasury portfolio we have made great strides to understand, at a granular level, where our funds are being spent and how the income we receive, largely from membership, sponsorship and advertising, is allocated towards our day-to-day spending. A sleek and collaborative budgeting system is put in place towards the end of each year, facilitated by the treasury portfolio holder but largely owned by each portfolio holder. The process is pragmatic and allows for accountability, transparency and a structured spending process throughout the year. The whole team can be proud of the progress that has been made in closing the gap between our expenses and income. There has been meticulous management and decrease in committee spending, and I would like to thank the core and extended exec for the individual contributions made towards managing their spend of the ADSA funds and taking ownership of the individual portfolio budgets.

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MEET THE NEW ADSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

meet the new

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PRESIDENT Maria van der Merwe adsapresident01@gmail.com

COMMUNICATIONS Cindy Chin adsacomms@gmail.com

SECRETARY Carla Gerryts secretaryadsaexec@gmail.com

MEMBERSHIP Janke Draper adsamembers@gmail.com

BRANCH LIAISON Ditope Rabodiba adsabranches@gmail.com

TREASURY Estelle Strydom treasuryadsa@gmail.com

PUBLIC SECTOR Nireshnee Reddy adsapublicsector@gmail.com

COO Jessica Byrne cooadsa@gmail.com

Blog: http://nutritionconfidence.wordpress.com

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AD HOC PORTFOLIO Fatima Hoosen adsa.excoassist@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/ADSAorgza


MEET THE NEW ADSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Stay in touch with ADSA and help us spread the word to promote optimal nutrition for all South Africans

PPD Alta Kloppers adsappdqueries@gmail.com

CPD Philna Neethling cpd.adsa@gmail.com

REPRESENTATION Michelle Zietsman adsarepresentation@gmail.com

PUBLIC RELATIONS Retha Harmse adsapublicrelations@gmail.com

SPONSORSHIP Vacant

www.adsa.org.za

www.twitter.com/ADSA

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