The history of AuSPEN
AuSPEN is the oldest parenteral nutrition society in the world. The Australasian Society for Parenteral Nutrition (AuSPN) was founded in 1973 in Melbourne. It was initially set up by surgeons, intensivists, physicians, chemical pathologists, microbiologists and pharmacists. Professor Bob McMahon, a paediatric surgeon from Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, was the first AuSPN President
In 1980 AuSPN expanded it’s society name to include enteral nutrition and became The Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN). AuSPEN also broadened the scope of its membership to include New Zealand. At this time, the main focus of the Society was the nutrition care of inpatients, however as outpatient needs have grown, the focus of the Society has shifted to encompass both acute and outpatient care.
Since the 1980s AuSPEN has continued to expand and membership has increased exponentially. AuSPEN’s core membership includes many different health professionals including Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Intensivists, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Researchers with a clinical nutrition focus, and students. AuSPEN’s current president is Ibolya Nyulasi, an Associate-Professor and Manager of Dietetics Department from Alfred Health.
Today’s purpose of AuSPEN remains to be the leading professional society for a multidisciplinary approach to clinical nutrition, promoting high standards in the practice of parenteral and enteral nutrition for both inpatients and outpatients.
- To promote improved standards in the practice of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (metabolism, clinical nutrition, and nutrition support).
- To encourage education and professional competence in the scientific field of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
- The advancement of knowledge in Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
- To provide professional communication through scientific publications and meetings by providing opportunity for the membership to present and discuss clinical studies and research in Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
- To promote interest in research in Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and allied subjects/topics.
- To collaborate with international and other regional societies, organisations or professions interested in Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
- To provide expert advice to governmental and other bodies on matters pertaining to Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.