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ARE YOU A DIETICIAN?

No, I am not a dietician. I am a university trained & accredited nutritionist.

IF YOU ARE NUTRITIONIST, NOT A DIETICIAN, WHAT ARE YOU TRAINED IN?

As a university-trained, degree qualified nutritionist I have completed studies in nutritional, biological, and medical sciences. I am also skilled in the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative and convert it into the practical diet, lifestyle, and nutrition advice. My degree and my studies focusing on human & population-based nutrition, and as such I have all the necessary skills to translate evidence-based dietary & nutritional science into individual and population health advice. I also have training in public health and public health nutrition. This means that I also have the ability to foresee where the determinants of health (or non-dietary & nutritional factors) might be impacting your health. As an added bonus I have post graduate studies specific to weight management, obesity and disordered or restrictive eating habits.

AS A NUTRITIONIST, WHAT SERVICES ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE?

The services that I can provide include

(but are not limited to)

  • diet, nutrition, health and wellbeing advice across the community and stages of life such as pregnancy, preconception, children, elderly

  •  support and identify best practices for behaviour changes and modification in relation to health eating & diet

  •  apply evidence based strategies for weight managment and other preventative measures

  •  help assess the impact of food & dietary habits and behaviour on current health status

  • develope evidence based interventions to promote weight loss and prevent obesity

  • meal plans for weight loss and mangement

  • recipe development for your individual and family lifestyle and health needs

I HAVE HEARD THAT NUTRITIONISTS DON'T NEED QUALIFICATIONS...

The answer here is two-fold. Firstly, for extentisvely trained nutritionists like myself, it is frustrating that anybody can call themselves a nutritionist. Whilst there are many of us who have Bachelor studies, and even post graduate studies under our belts (like our principal nutritionist), there are still some lesser qualified practitioners that unfortunately give the rest of us a bad name. In Australia, the title dietician is registered by the Dietetics Association of Australia. Those with that meet the competency standards of the DAA, can call themselves a dietician. At present there is no legal protection of the title nutritionist. This is an issue that is being address by The Nutrition Society of Australia, who have a register of nutritionists. The role of the NSA registry is to distinguish those with credentials, from those that are not adequately trained. They also ensure that we maintain currency with their stringent ongoing professional education requirements.Our principal nutritionist is a professional member of various health professional bodies that have stringent criteria for membership.

ARE YOU REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN ONGOING EDUCATION WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS?

Absolutely! This is crucial for anybody who wishes to provide evidence based advice. Our nutritionist has recently completed a graduate certifcate in Eating Disorders and Obesity, as well as a graduate diploma in Obesity & Weight Management. She is due to finish her thesis  Obesity & Weight Management with the University of South Wales in 2021.

DO NUTRITIONISTS UNDERTAKE SUPERVISED HOURS?

Not all nutritionists undertake supervised hours. I have completed over 500 hours of supervised training throughout my studies. I was fortunate to get external supervised hours at one of Sydney's most presitgious integrative medicine practices, Pymble Grove, now known as The Grove Health. I was also lucky enough to be invited to work at the clinic after these supervised hours.These supervised hours are essential for any health professional when they are starting out.