What is a Dietitian?
Dietitians are experts in expert nutrition advice for people of all ages. In addition to qualifications in nutrition science, dietitians have completed extensive clinical placement which allow them to work across private practice, hospitals and community centres.
What does a Dietitian do?
• Assess a client's nutritional needs
• Utilise a nutrition counselling approach that aims to support the client's health outcomes
•Provide nutrition education that aligns with clients' nutritional requirements and personal goals. This can include strategies around shipping, meal preparation, cooking and eating out.
What conditions can a dietitian treat?
• Gastro-intestinal disease
• Excessive weight
• Eating disorders
What to expect in a dietetic consult?
• A nutritional assessment focusing on dietary intake, lifestyle behaviours as well as attitudes and beliefs towards food.
• Develop personalised short and long-term goals that aim to improve overall health outcomes
• Realistic and practical recommendations that coincide with nutrition goals
Misconceptions about dietitians:
We provide meal plans...
Yes, some dietitians provide meal plans. However, this is per the dietitian's discretion and whether the client would benefit. Meal plans tend to be temporary and can be an unrealistic way of eating long term.
My weight determines how health I am...
Wight is not always important and is not reflective of an individual's health status. Placing a heavy emphasis on weight during consults can have the reverse effect. Negative attitudes and behaviours can be created, leading to clients having unhealthy relationships with food.
* if you feel uncomfortable discussing your wight, please let your dietitian know.
Dietitians are the food police...
Although we advise clients on how to improve diet and overall health, no foods or food groups are off limits. All foods have their place, and it is our job to help clients gain the skills and knowledge to create a balanced diet and lifestyle.
What's the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Both these professions help people in reaching optimal health through food and nutrition, however only an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) registered with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy or clinical nutrition consults in a group or individual setting.