What is a Dietitian?

A qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) has completed either a four year undergraduate course or a Master Degree of Nutrition and Dietetics. APD’s comply with a code of conduct regulated by the Dietitian’s Association of Australia and are required to complete ongoing training in order to continue practising. A dietitian is qualified to provide evidence-based nutritional recommendations that consider chronic disease, relevant test results, nutrient deficiencies and current medications.

Why would you see a Dietitian?

Most people get enjoyment out of eating, however, there is more to food than just enjoyment. Specific clinical conditions can affect your body in such a way that the food we eat can impact our health. For example; people who have coeliac disease are allergic to gluten, which is found in many foods. A dietitian can provide individualised advice, whether it be general healthy eating principles based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines, or whether it be complex chronic disease management.