Dietitians work with patients, healthcare workers and community members to recognize healthy nutrition and understand health implications of diet. They try to teach proper eating habits for mainstream and individualised needs in order to produce optimal health and treat or prevent illness.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise individuals and community groups such as educational institutions on healthy eating patterns and provide sample diets and menus
  • Conduct research and understand health, nutrition and food as it relates to communities, cultural and ethnic groups
  • Determine nutritional values of foods and interpret best foods for particular needs or illnesses
  • Generate educational literature on healthy eating habits for different age groups and high-risk eating and drinking practices
  • Meet with individuals to conduct nutrition assessments and manage nutrition with health goals
  • Research illnesses and diseases relating to nutrition as well as nutritional components of food and beverages
  • Work with healthcare professionals to supplement health treatments and recommendations with dietary planning and restrictions

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Dietitians typically work regular Monday to Friday weeks in an indoor office environment. They may be required to do light travelling to meet with individuals or groups at private or healthcare providers, and for educational events.

Professional associations / Industry information

Dietitians Association of Australia 

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