What's it like to be a Dietitian?
Dietitians are qualified healthcare specialists who specialise in the field of human nutrition, with a focus on the relationship between food and health. Dietitians undertake mandatory tertiary study and are experts in dietetics, using this knowledge to provide people of all ages with guidance on how to manage their diet, reduce risk of illness and improve their health.
Tasks and duties
- Planning diets and menus and providing guidance on the functional requirements and importance of diet and on the planning and preparation of food.
- Collecting, organising and assessing relevant health and nutrition data.
- Planning and implementing regular nutrition assessments and intervention programs.
- Monitoring food intake and quality against diet plan.
- Consulting with other Health Professionals and related workers to manage the dietary and nutritional needs of patients.
Dietitians work in a wide range of health organisations including public and private hospitals, aged care, mental health facilities, fitness centres, private health practices and community health centres. Dietitians also provide consultation to government and non-government organisations in order to inform public health policy and food standards.
What can I earn as a Dietitian?
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How to become a Dietitian
- Complete a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Complete a postgraduate Master of Dietetics.
- After completing your study, you need to gain Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) accreditation via a 1 year supervised Provisional Program accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), including mandatory Continued Professional Development (CPD). Once APD accreditation is achieved, complete the minimum 30 hours CPD to renew your APD accreditation each year.
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