WHAT IS A DIETITIAN?
The international definition of dietetics is: “A dietitian is a person with a qualification in nutrition and dietetics recognised by national authority[s]. The dietitian applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in health and disease.”
In Australia all dietitians are nutritionists, as all dietitians must have studied nutrition and nutrition science. The key difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that, in addition to or as part of their qualification in human nutrition, a dietitian has undertaken a course of study (usually a Masters Degree) that included substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy & food service management.
In Australia, all dietitians must obtain APD (Accredited Practising Dietitian) status to be able to practice dietetics. APD status is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. It is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia.
In addition to their university degrees, dietitians must undertake a mentorship and continued professional learning throughout their careers, in order to acquire and maintain APD status.
HOW CAN A
DIETITIAN HELP YOU?
Assess your individual nutritional needs
Develop personalised eating plans that consider your medical conditions and personal circumstances
Provide nutrition counselling and support to individuals and groups
Provide information on healthy eating, shopping for food, eating out and preparing food at home
APDs can also use medical nutrition therapy to assist in the management of a wide range of conditions including:
Gastrointestinal diseases (e.g. IBS, IBD)
Food allergies and intolerances
Overweight and obesity
APDs understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to diet and nutrition (in other words, what works for one person may be different to what works for another). And the truth is that there are many ways for people to have a healthy diet. And it’s at this individual level that an APD can help.
They consider the whole person – that is, each person’s unique profile, such as their medical history, as well as their needs, goals and lifestyle. They also assess the body of scientific evidence, and are flexible with the advice and support they offer, on a case-by-case basis.
Being able to tailor nutrition advice to find the best approach for each person is the cornerstone of ‘Medical Nutrition Therapy’ – it’s what APDs are qualified to do.
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BA (Hons) Psychology, MSc in Applied Psychology , PhD in Clinical Psychology
A lover of all things science and food related, it was only natural that Kaitlin would eventually dedicate her life to food science by becoming a dietitian. Kaitlin is a strong believer that knowledge is power and finds great joy in teaching her clients, family and friends about the many ways that food can assist them.
Kaitlin understands that everybody is unique and brings this view to her dietetic practice, providing individualised flexible advice and resources, which consider every aspect of the person and their lifestyle as well as the scientific evidence in the field.
Kaitlin provides dietetics to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield