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Dietitian

Become a qualified expert in diet, nutrition and health and provide guidance to people of all ages.

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.

How to become a Dietitian

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To become an accredited Dietitian in Australia, you need to complete an accredited University degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, including one to two years of master’s level study.
  1. Complete a postgraduate Master of Dietetics.
  2. 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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Get started on your path to becoming an accredited Dietitian with a bachelor degree.

Duration 4 yrs - 8 yrs
6 institutions offering this qualification
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How do Dietitians rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Dietitians surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Specialisation
Aged Care
The good things
I really enjoy being a Dietitian as it caring industry. You are able to help individuals to live a better life by eating healthy. I find that the role has lots of variety which is both a joy and a cha...
The challenges
It is challenging to build your own business. There are lots of time outside of work hours needed to network and market yourself. You might want to develop skills in social media as well. The other ch...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Dietetics
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Private practise dietitian
The good things
Autonomy. Dealing with patients. Learning opportunities. Building relationships with key referrals.
The challenges
Self employed. Having to do everything. Motivating self at times. Developing systems
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What are the job opportunities for Dietitians?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Dietitian jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
17.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Nutrition Professionals
Latest Dietitian jobs on SEEK
Peninsula Health
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Join a leading integrated person centred healthcare network | Grade 1 Dietitian | Limited Term Full Time |
23h ago
South West Healthcare
South West Coast VIC
Dietitian Grace 1
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Wagga Wagga & Riverina
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time or Part Time (Maternity Leave Relief until June 2019)Position Classification: Technical Assistant Grade...
2d ago
Megan Leane Dietitian
Gladstone & Central QLD
Located in Gladstone, Central QLD a full time role exists for an Accredited Practising Dietitian to join the team for a February start.
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