What is Dietetics?
The profession of dietetics contributes to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of illness by optimising the nutrition of populations, communities and individuals. Dietitians have a defined and recognisable body of knowledge and utilise scientific principles and methods in the study of nutrition and dietetics, applying these results to influence the wider environment affecting food intake and eating behaviour.
What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified nutrition professionals that undertake ongoing training and education to make sure they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. APDs are the most qualified healthcare professionals to provide tailored nutrition and dietary advice, and they are the only nutrition professionals recognised by the Australian Government and Medicare.
APDs help treat a wide range of medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerances, disordered eating, and overweight and obesity.
An APD can help you to:
- Control your diabetes or choose low GI food
- Lose or gain weight
- Optimise sports performance
- Lower your blood pressure or cholesterol
- Manage your food allergy or intolerance
- Implement a therapeutic diet following surgery or hospital admission
- Ensure your child or teenager is meeting their nutritional requirements
- Plan a balanced diet if you need to have texture-modified food
- Ensure you’re meeting your nutrition targets for vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients
- Learn how to read food labels when shopping and choose the best options when eating out.