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Dietitians & Nutritionists - what's the difference? Written by Alice Mika - Dietitian

Updated: Apr 15

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What is a dietitian?

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.

So what's the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

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 that included substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

Dietitians treat with evidence based information and practices, and are required to complete ongoing upskilling and professional development.

What can I expect if I see a dietitian?

While your reason for referral or visiting a dietitian may change, you can expect your dietitian will listen to your concerns, treat you without judgement, and support your needs to help you develop long term nutritional health. Dietitians don’t only want to talk about food! You can expect to also discuss other elements of your health and lifestyle, to ensure that any nutritional intervention or goals are individualised, specific, and practical for you.

What can a dietitian help me with?

A dietitian can support your health in many ways. From assistance with chronic disease management, dietary changes for weight loss, gain or maintenance, IBS or food sensitivities, to safe food preparation, meal planning and cooking. Chronic health conditions require management even during Covid-19. If you have delayed your dietitian appointment, please book either a Telehealth appointment or a face to face appointment

Alice is an accredited practising dietitian who has always had an interest in nutrition, sport and the human body.If you’ve found that your meal preparation, planning or eating habits have changed recently and you would like some support, make an appointment with Alice via the website, or call our reception team on 9372 8091 to discuss appointment options.

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