A dietician, or if you want dietitian, is a person with the expertise in the field of dietetics which includes nutrition and adjustment of diet. The primary role of a dietician is to change patients’ nutrition and diet according to their needs or previously tested medical problems caused by food. Another primary task of a dietician is to help to prevent the diseases related to nutrition and diet such as obesity or diabetes. The workplace of a dietician can be any health care institution, but a lot of dieticians are finding jobs in other industries like food, news or sports. These diet experts have direct contact with patients, and after discussing their habits of eating and medical record, they make the most suitable diet and nutrition taking all factors into consideration. Also, it is not new to see dietician or group of them holding educational meetings or seminars, as it is important for people to be properly informed. A lot of people call dieticians nutritionist, and in some cases, it is ok, but these two professions should not be mixed. Both of these do involve working with nutrition, but there is a difference in degree, training, and range of practice.
“Types” of dieticians
These types of dieticians on the Gold Coast actually come from different terms used in different countries of the world, as well as the environment where dieticians do their job. Most common ones are foodservice dietician, clinical dietician, public health dietician, and dietetic educator. There is also a community or a pediatric dietitian, a research one and a therapeutic one.
For example, a food service dietitian would be responsible for making food and nutrition plans for bigger institutions such as schools, health care institutions, company’s cafeterias and some other. Besides making plans, they can also do a regular check-up of quality and safety standards.
On the other side, clinical ones working in all types of health care institutions where their job is to prepare meal plans suitable for patients with different needs, as well as be consultants for various health problems. Usually, they also work together with other doctors and therapists to provide the best treatment for their patients.
Research dieticians have quite interesting tasks as they do various researches in different fields, surveys in order to know what to work on. Besides this, their job can require them to provide information which ends up with either teaching lessons or leading educational meetings.
A dietician or better to say, accredited dietician, usually does not work on their own if they are employed in a health institution. Their stuff can consist of technicians, dietary assistants, clerks, hosts, and managers. Not all staff members are always needed or part of the team. Daily tasks of these members can interfere, and some of them do not even require a proper degree.
Dieticians in Australia
In Australia, it is a must in a hospital or any health care institution to have accredited dieticians. Any of the working dietician must have obtained a university degree, preferably in dietetics or related field, to be able to work. Some of the dieticians work for either public or private health care clinics, but some work for their own or open their own nutrition clinics. This field is growing in demand as many are taking charge of their diets, in an effort to become healthier.