What they do
Dietitians help people improve their health by improving their diet. They can help people manage health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer and food allergies, as well as improve their general health. Dietitians educate people about healthy eating habits and help them to develop appropriate eating plans and menus. They may also work with the food industry, providing advice on developing new healthier products or improving the nutritional value of existing ones.
Dietitians may work in a number of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, private clinics, government departments and food production facilities. Some dietitians may travel to clients' homes to carry out consultations. In Western Australia most dietitians working in private practice are based in the Perth metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs, though there are some opportunities for work in larger regional centres. Most dietitians work regular office hours, though some may work weekends.
Tools and technologies
Dietitians may use scales, tape measures and skin-fold calipers to measure a client's weight, body size and the fat content of their body. They may use books, charts and other aids to demonstrate healthy foods and preparation techniques. Some dietitians may use computers to create easy to read menus and eating plans for clients, as well as for general record keeping and administration.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a dietitian, you usually need to study a degree in dietetics.
Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a dietitian in Western Australia, you may need to obtain the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential from the Dieticians Association of Australia.