Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dietitian?
A dietitian is a university qualified allied health professional able to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. A dietitian has a strong science background, and is able to translate scientific nutrition information into practical and understandable advice to assist people to improve their health. An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) has university qualifications and participates in ongoing training and education to meet the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) guidelines for best practice. An APD is skilled in the complex relationship between food, diet and health, and may provide nutrition and dietary advice to individuals and/or groups. An APD also considers the many factors, such as social and environmental factors that can impact on our nutritional health. People may see an APD for a variety of reasons including weight loss or weight gain, diabetes, pregnancy, food allergies, food intolerances, cancer or gastrointestinal disorders. APDs are brilliant at providing practical and sensible advice about choosing foods to eat. It may be about understanding food labels, or perhaps some new recipes to improve your health, or even providing support and motivation to achieve your goals.

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
The main difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that a dietitian has undertaken additional university training, including supervision in a clinical setting and medical nutrition training. Therefore every dietitian is automatically a nutritionist, but a nutritionist is not necessarily a dietitian.

How do you spell dietitian? Or should it be dietician?
Dietitian with 2 t's is the Australian spelling - spelt with a 'c' is the American spelling. Many people still spell it with a 'c' - and spell-checker in Word forever wants to use a 'c' as does Google.



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