Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that can assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition-related problems.
They translate scientific nutrition information into understandable, practical advice about food, allowing people to make the right decision about what to eat.
What’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
According to the Dietitians Association of Australia, the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that in addition to gaining qualifications in human nutrition, a dietitian is also required to complete a course of study that includes substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.
All dietitians can consider themselves as nutritionists but nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the specialised role of a dietitian.