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What does a Dietitian do?
Transcript of What does a Dietitian do?
What is a dietitian?
"Dietitians contribute to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of illness by optimising the nutrition of communities and individuals.
We utilise scientific principles and methods in the study of nutrition and applies these to influencing the wider environment affecting food intakes and eating behaviours"
self regulated profession
outline entry level competencies that all graduate dietitians must achieve
Manage the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program including professional development
Manage the accreditation of university programs
To become a dietitian:
Complete a 4 year Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree,
Masters in Dietetics (18 months - 2 years) after completing a degree in nutrition or foods science
Where do dietitians work?
Clinical setting (hospital/aged care)
Community and Public Health
Research and teaching
Food Industry Dietitian
Dietitians working in the food industry are involved in:
Food regulatory issues (food law)
Consumer and health professional education
In a hospital....
see inpatients individually
assist with the management of a range of medical conditions through diet such as, diabetes, renal failure, gastrointestinal problems and malnutrition
mange patients who are receiving enteral and parenteral nutrition
Facilitate group education sessions
paperwork and meetings
Food Service Dietitian
Dietitians combine management skills and nutrition expertise when delivering food services in hospitals, nursing homes, meals on wheels, hospitality and catering.
This may include developing nutritionally adequate menus for the hospital and working with food service to develop food safety protocols.
Community and Public Health Dietetics
Dietitians are involved in nutrition and health education programs:
Local community level
The population at a national level
Dietitians working in public health also assist with health planning, setting nutritional standards, and developing and implementing nutrition policies.
Research and teaching
Investigating nutrition and health issues to develop practical nutrition recommendations
Research is completed in all areas of dietetics
Dietitians can also be involved in teaching other health professionals about nutrition
Dietitian Vs Nutritionist
a dietitian is also a nutritionist
dietitians have the extra training in nutritional management of medical conditions and are qualified to work in the clinical setting
nutritionist tend to work in public health, food science and research settings
What does a nutrition assessment involve?
weight, weight history, height, BMI
medical condition, bowels, appetite, nausea, muscle/fat stores
diet history, food charts
Identifying nutrition issues
Developing a plan for management