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About Dietician jobs in Australia

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Purpose and Mission

Dietitians are experts on food and nutrition that help people improve their diet. These healthcare professionals assist people in managing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer and food allergies, as well as offering advice on diet and improving general health.

One of the primary responsibilities of dietitians is to educate people regarding healthy eating habits and assist in creating appropriate food plans and menus. Some dietitians are also employed in the food industry, providing advice on developing healthier food products or improving the nutritional content of existing products.

Reports To

Dietitians typically work at hospitals, nursing homes, in-patient psychiatric facilities, prisons and schools, so in most cases they report to a department head or service chief. Some dietitians are also employed in state and local government.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Many dietitians do have direct supervisory responsibilities, such as overseeing other members of the healthcare team or evaluating with food vendors or preparers. Less-experienced, however, may have relatively few supervisory duties.

Qualifications

In order to become a dietitian, you must complete an accredited dietetics graduate program, typically resulting in a Master of Diatetics degree. Note that entry to a postgraduate course typically requires earning an appropriate bachelor degree.

Of interest, the Dietitians Association of Australia accredits dietetics programs in Australia, and most dietitians choose to become members of DAA.

Responsibilities of a Dietitian

The primary job responsibilities of a professional dietitian include:

  • Advising individuals and groups such as educational institutions regarding healthy eating and designing sample diets and menus
  • Conducting research and understand health, nutrition and food in relationship to individuals and  communities
  • Supervising preparation and serving of healthy meals
  • Collecting, organising and assessing data relating to health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and communities
  • Monitoring food intake to assess nutritional care
  • Planning, conducting and evaluating nutritional intervention programs and researching and writing educational materials
  • Providing nutrition assessments, nutrition management, and nutrition education and training
  • Determine the nutritional values of foods and interpreting the best foods foods for specific needs or conditions
  • Producing educational materials on healthy eating habits for various age and demographic groups
  • Meeting with individuals to undertake nutrition assessments and manage nutrition focusing on health goals
  • Researching nutrition-related illnesses and conditions and the various nutritional components of food and beverages
  • Working with other healthcare professionals to optimise health treatments and making recommendations for dietary planning and / or restrictions.

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