Accreditation for Practising Dietitians and Nutritionists
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The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the leading non-profit and professional organisation representing dietitians, nutritionists, nutrition scientists, dietetic student members, and affiliate members in Australia with over 6,400 members nationwide.
It is a company limited by guarantee and a national association for dietetic professionals, with branches in every state and territory.
DAA is dedicated to supporting members, advocating for members and fostering a healthier community.
This is accomplished by:
- Advocating for issues related to public health nutrition
- Increasing the public's awareness of the field through public relations and communication initiatives
- Providing members with Continuing Professional Development opportunities and events
- Assisting members in networking and establishing connections
- Managing credentials and regulations of the profession
- Publishing high-quality nutrition and dietetics research
It is recommended that you choose a dietitian with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential as APDs are university-qualified and have extensive nutrition experience.
DAA Professional Standards and Code of Conduct
It's important for dietitians to provide high-quality services wherever they work. That's why the Association developed professional standards for members to follow.
Standards are in place to:
- Ensure high-quality practice
- Provide safe and evidence-based services
- Promote ongoing professional development
- Provide guidance for ethical decisions
- Support the rights of consumers
Members and Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are required to adhere to the following professional standards:
The Dietitians Australia Code of Professional Conduct and Statements of Ethical Practice
- Code of Professional Conduct - applicable to members with Australian dietetic qualifications and non-members with APD status (March 2013)
- Code of Professional Conduct - applicable to members without Australian recognised dietetic qualifications and non-member Accredited Nutritionists (October 2011)
- Statement of Ethical Practice - applicable to members with Australian recognised dietetic qualifications and non-members with APD status (December 2014)
- Statement of Ethical Practice - applicable to members without Australian recognised dietetic qualifications and non-member Accredited Nutritionists (October 2011)
Why Choose an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
Dietitians who hold the accreditation of Accredited Practising Dietitians are university-trained professionals who undergo continuing education programs to make sure they are providing you with the accurate and latest information about nutrition.
They translate scientific information about health and nutrition into practical advice and adhere to the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.
What Does an Accredited Practising Dietitian Do?
- Assesses nutritional requirements
- Develops a personalised eating plan that considers the client’s personal circumstances and medical conditions
- Supports and provides nutrition counselling to individuals and groups
- Educates on healthy eating, food shopping, dining out and preparing food at home
- Conducts nutrition and food research
- Trains health care professionals
- Plans, develops and implements nutrition-related policies, programs and communications
- Offers consulting services to corporate organisations, food manufacturers, schools, and health care facilities.
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