APD Program Handbook

What is an APD?

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is a dietitian who:

  • is committed to the DAA Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice
  • engages in ongoing education and need to remain current in their practice
  • can be subject to a complaints and disciplinary process if required as well as annual audits.

The APD credential is a guarantee for the community that their nutrition professional is qualified to provide safe, evidence-based dietary advice. APD is the only dietetics credential recognised by the Australian government (for Medicare and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) purposes), many state governments and most private health insurers.

Dietitians who have graduated from accredited Australian university dietetic courses, and those from overseas who have completed the Dietetic Skills Recognition (DSR) process, are eligible to hold the APD credential.

APDs participate in the APD Program, which is the credentialing program for dietitians. It is governed by the Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC), managed by DAA and aligns with the standards set by National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professionals (NASRHP).

APD Status

Requirements of APD Program

Consequences of not meeting APD Program requirements

Full APD Adhere to Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice. Subject to complaints and disciplinary process if applicable.
30 hours CPD per calendar year. Required to make up the hours in the following year.
1000 hours’ dietetic practice in preceding 5 years. APD status removed*, re-entry via Resumption of Accredited Practice (RoAP) Program.
5% of APDs CPD logs and recency records are subject to annual random audit.

 

 

Fail on first audit for CPD– interview conducted to assist in remedial action required. Automatic audit the subsequent year.

Second fail for CPD– suspension* from the APD Program for 12 months.

Fail on first audit for recency- APD status removed*, re-entry via Resumption of Accredited Practice (RoAP) Program.

Provisional APD Adherence to Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice. Subject to complaints and disciplinary process if applicable.
30 hours CPD per calendar year. Required to make up the hours in the following year.
12-month formal mentoring program with a Full APD. Mentor must be registered within 6 months and Provisional Program must be completed within 2 years.

 

Failure to register a mentor within 6 months – suspension* from the APD Program until mentor is found and registered.

Failure to complete Provisional Program in two years – suspension* from the APD Program for 12 months.

5% of Provisional APDs CPD logs and recency (where applicable) subject to annual random audit.

 

Fail on first audit for CPD– interview conducted to assist in remedial action required. Automatic audit the subsequent year.

Second fail for CPD– suspension* from the APD Program for 12 months.

Recency reviewed if eligible to declare recency of practice.

APD needs to work towards meeting 1000 hours’ dietetic practice after 5 years from graduation if applicable. If not met after 5 years APD status removed*, re-entry via a RoAP Program.
Provisional APD in RoAP Program Adherence to Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice. Subject to complaints and disciplinary process if applicable.
30 hours CPD per calendar year and additional CPD as determined in plan. Required to make up the hours in the following year. Will not complete RoAP Program if additional hours not met.
12-month formal mentoring program with a Full APD. Mentor must be registered within 6 months and Provisional Program must be completed within 2 years. Failure to register a mentor within 6 months – suspension* from the APD Program until mentor is found and registered.

Failure to complete Provisional Program in 2 years – suspension* from the APD Program for 12 months.

5% of APDs CPD logs and recency (where applicable) subject to annual random audit.

 

Fail on first audit for CPD– interview conducted to assist in remedial action required. Automatic audit the subsequent year.

Second fail for CPD– suspension* from the APD Program for 12-month period.

150 hours of dietetic practice per year (total of 300 hours). Must declare 1000 dietetic practice hours in the preceding 5 years once transitioned to a Full APD. No practice will deem the Provisional ineligible to transition to Full APD.

The Formal Stuff

APD Policy
APD By Law
DAA Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice
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