The Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program is the credentialing program for dietitians managed by DAA. The APD program is governed by the Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC), an independent council of the DAA Board. Guidance and requirements for dietitians who commit to the APD program, are found in the APD Guide. This includes information about CPD, examples of learning goals and outcomes, provisional APD status, consequences of not meeting the requirements of the program and deferment.
APD is the only credential for dietitians recognised by the Australian government (for Medicare and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) purposes), many state governments and many private health insurers. The APD program is a way for consumers and other stakeholders to recognise professionals with qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice in a safe and evidence based way.
APDs demonstrate their commitment to ongoing education and are committed to the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice. APDs can be subject to a rigorous complaints and disciplinary process if required and 5% are subject to annual random audit.
Dietitians who have graduated from accredited Australian university dietetic courses and those from overseas who have completed the Dietetic Skills Recognition examination process are eligible to join the APD Program.
What does the APD Program involve?
To attain and maintain APD status a dietitian must meet the Standards required of the program. The program requires dietitians to:
- Undertake an initial year in the Provisional Program. This involves completion of the required CPD, and having the formalised support of a full status APD mentor for at least 52 weeks.
- All APDs (both provisional and full) must log a minimum of 30 hours per calendar year of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.
- All APDs must be able to declare Recency of Practice indicating they have practised as a dietitian and to the timeframe as required by the Standards and as per requirements set by the DAA Board.
All APDs are required to meet Program Standards and are bound by the APD By-Law and the APD Guide.