WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIETITIAN & NUTRITIONIST?
“All Dietitians are Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Dietitians”.
Dietitians are the next ‘level up’ from Nutritionists as they’ve undertaken 1-2 additional years of education to ‘specialise’ in the field.
Accredited Practising Dietitians are the gold standard in Australia as the term ‘Nutritionist’ is not protected or regulated. This means a Nutritionist could have a 3yr university degree or an online coaching course… unfortunately it’s tricky to differentiate between qualified vs unqualified Nutritionists here in Australia, however the ‘Dietitian’ stamp of approval ensures you’re with a trusted professional.
The term ‘Dietitian’ means your clinician has completed a minimum of 4 years of tertiary education at an accredited University. While Dietitians can work in any nutrition-related area (hospitals, medical clinics, food service, public health, government, etc), Nutritionists can not.
Dietitians are also the only nutrition professional that is recognised by private health insurance, so your dietitian visits can be rebated and don’t need a doctors referral!
WHAT DO DIETITIANS DO?
Dietitians understand how different food and drinks affect the body, applying their knowledge of physiology to help both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions appropriately nourish their body to improve their health.
“They use their knowledge and skills in a range of workplaces from client-facing roles in clinics and hospitals, to foodservice roles in which they impact the nutrition of residents and inpatients, to roles where they influence the health of the population by impacting food policy and the food supply such as in government public health roles and food companies.”