Nutritionists help to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting a healthy lifestyle, planning food and nutrition programs, studying dietary habits and supervising food preparation.

Duties and tasks

  • Communicate with other health care professionals regarding patient progress
  • Conduct research, evaluate findings and make recommendations
  • Design individualised diet and nutrition plans as per client requirements
  • Monitor patient progress and alter individual diet programs as necessary
  • Oversee meal preparation and determine the nutritional value of meals
  • Perform consultations with clients (either individuals or groups) to examine current state of health, diet and lifestyle
  • Plan and implement educational programs
  • Provide other nutritional advice to clients as required
  • Take phone calls, book appointments, invoice clients and maintain up-to-date records
  • Use diagnostic procedures to identify and analyse nutritional deficiencies and reasons for specific health concerns

Skills required

  • A Genuine Interest in Helping Others Achieve Good Health
  • Attention to Detail and Good Judgement
  • Good Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Scientific Research Skills
  • Sensitive and Caring Attitude

Working conditions

Nutritionists work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, government organisations, food manufacturing companies and private practice. Whilst most Nutritionists work regular office hours, they may be required to work some evenings and/or weekends to suit a clients availability.

Professional associations / Industry information

Nutrition Australia 

Nutrition Society of Australia 

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Incorporated 

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