Dietitian Day is the 11th of March so I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss what a dietitian actually does.
What is a dietitian?
A dietitian is a university qualified specialist in nutrition. They can also go by the title ‘nutritionist’. They have undertaken a four year science based degree and learn only the most up to date, evidenced based information. It is compulsory to undertake continued professional development each year in order to maintain accreditation. This ensures dietitians keep on top of newly emerging evidence and trends.
How can a dietitian help you?
Many people believe they are doing all the right things or they are aware of what they need to change so there is no point in talking to someone about it. However, there is usually always something that can be improved upon, whether they realise it or not. I find that every single person always walks away having learnt at least one valuable piece of information.
Dietitians are excellent to use even as support when needing to make changes. Yes, many people know what should be changed but it can be extremely difficult to actually implement those changes! Often having someone to check in with every few months can aid in making and maintaining behavior changes.
What conditions to dietitians usually assist with?
Dietitians are trained to assist in managing medical conditions through dietary means. However, it doesn’t have to be a medical condition. They can also help people to achieve a nutritious, balanced diet and improve wellbeing. Some common reasons people are referred include:
- Diabetes management – pre-diabetes, type 2, type 1 and gestational.
- Weight loss
- Weight gain
- Allergy/ intolerance
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Maintaining oral health/ preventing further damage
- Advice regarding vegetarian/ vegan diets
- Achieving a nutritionally adequate diet
At ENT Clinic we offer bulk billed consults for anyone with an Enhanced Primary Care plan. An initial consult is one hour in length and half an hour for follow ups.
Contact us for results focused nutritional advice
This article was written by our dietitian Belinda Elwin who is a Dietitians Association of Australia member and Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist. If you have questions about nutrition, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with a simple and effective routine targeted to your concerns. Contact us today!