Accredited Practising Dietitians (who sometimes call themselves nutritionists) are accredited by the Dietitians’ Association of Australia. To qualify as an APD takes a minimum of four years’ university study in nutrition and dietetics. It’s the dietetics qualification that separates a dietitian from someone with a degree in nutrition science alone. Dietetics is the study of how food and nutrition are used to manage or treat health problems. For a qualification in this area, dietitians need to have supervised experience working with clients.
APDs are recognised by Medicare. This means you may be eligible for a Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs or private health fund rebate on services.
In Australia, all dietitians are considered to be nutritionists, but nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot work as dietitians. Dietitians are particularly helpful for people with a medical condition they hope to manage through diet – think diabetes, food intolerance or heart disease – as their training includes a significant health science element. Accredited nutritionists, on the other hand, may have expertise in a range of nutrition services including public health nutrition, community health and tertiary education related to nutrition, according to Nutrition Australia. They are not qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy.
Dietitian: Weight loss, increasing energy levels, balancing mood and hormone swings, and managing underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, food allergies and intolerances.
Nutritionist: General advice and individual guidance, rather than clinical interventions. Nutritionists often work in advisory roles for organisations.
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