Dietetic Credentialing Council

The Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC) is an independent Council responsible for the regulatory framework for the dietetic profession in Australia. The DCC acts to ensure dietetic credentialing and regulation processes are efficient, effective, equitable, accountable and transparent. These processes ensure high quality professional standards and public safety.

The APD program is a credentialing program for dietitians managed by DAA and adheres to the Standards set by the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP).

The DCC oversees all aspects related to the maintenance and development of regulatory standards, codes and guidelines and their implementation and review related to the APD program, including, but not limited to:

  • the Provisional, Full, Advanced and Fellow credentials.
  • requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • requirements in relation to the nature, extent, period and currency of any previous practice of the profession.
  • the scope of practice of APDs including those with dual qualifications, extending scope and the intersection of scope with other health professions.
  • the oversight of the annual APD audit process.
  • the management and coordination of the complaints and disciplinary processes and procedures.
  • the monitoring and imposition of conditions on APDs where required, including suspensions imposed on the regulation of practitioners or resumption of practice.
  • requirements for professional indemnity insurance arrangements for practitioners.
  • matters about the criminal history of APDs including the matters to be considered in deciding whether an individual’s criminal history is relevant to the practice of the profession.
  • fitness to practice, including but not limited to the physical and mental health of APDs.
  • any other issue relevant to the eligibility of individuals for regulation in the profession or the suitability of individuals to competently and safely practice the profession.

Functions of the DCC

Some functions of the DCC include:

  • To consult with key stakeholders, including APD and DAA members, the Board, DAA committees, the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC), consumers and government agencies on matters relating to credentialing and self regulation.
  • To liaise closely with the ADC regarding issues common to both Councils and which impact on competency standards, credentialing, regulation, education, accreditation and recognition activities (where appropriate).
  • To ensure the DCC regulatory framework reflects NASHRP standards
  • To remain abreast of current and emerging issues in relation to the credentialing, regulation and professional standards of health professions in Australia and internationally (including AHPRA).
  • To establish working groups from the general membership to undertake specific activities related to credentialing and regulation matters and ensure these specific activities are undertaken appropriately.
  • To undertake ongoing quality improvement to ensure that the APD Program adheres to credentialing best practice.
  • To manage and coordinate the complaints and disciplinary processes and procedures

Composition of the DCC

The DCC comprises nine voting members appointed by the DAA Board for a two-year term, all with an option for a second two-year term. Of the nine members there are six senior practitioner dietitians and three external members.

Dietitian Representatives- APD members

Jen Savenake was appointed to DCC in 2015. Jen is currently based in Darwin working for Outback Stores on food policy and strategies to improve health and nutrition through remote indigenous community stores. Jen has worked in public health nutrition for more than 20 years.  Previously she was Senior Public Health Nutritionist for the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania, focusing on food policy and regulation. Jen has worked in a number of community and public health nutrition roles in South Australia and Tasmania as well as a stint at Food Standards Australia New Zealand in Canberra in 2010.

Jen was a member of the DAA Board from 2004-2014, Vice President in 2010-2011 and Director Responsible for Finance 2011-2014.  She holds a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics (Deakin University, 1992), Post Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion (University of Alberta, Canada, 2002) and Bachelor of Science (Monash University, 1990).

DCC Jen

Margaret Allman-Farinelli is Professor of Dietetics at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She has 35 years’ experience as a dietitian working across a range of areas including clinical, public health, research and education. Over the years she has held positions for the DAA including as Editor of the journal Nutrition and Dietetics, Vice President and Board member.

Margaret has also served on the research advisory board for the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute for the Federal Department of Health and the Physical Activity, Nutrition, Obesity, Research Group for NSW Health and committees for the Agency for Clinical Innovation for NSW Health. She represents the University of Sydney on the ANZ Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics. Margaret has mentored provisional APD and applicants for the AdvAPD and has been on review panels for the accreditation of dietetic programs.

DCC Margaret

Mary is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, with over 26 years of experience in the field, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology.  Mary is recognised for her expertise in the management of foodservices and undertakes high level consultancies and commercial research for government and industry, and provides advice for dietetic curriculum in this area.  Mary has co-authored nutrition standards for both health and correctional sectors, and continues to lead research and evaluation in these areas to support evidence based practice and quality outcomes for clients.  Mary has extensive experience in the development and delivery of curriculum for the training of nutrition and dietetics professionals, as well as the conceptualisation and delivery of learning opportunities for practising dietitians in particular through her many volunteer roles with the DAA over her career at the local and national level, including as chair of the DAA 2014 conference and as a past DAA director.

Deanne Harris is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. She completed a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Sydney in 1991. She has worked as a Clinical Dietitian in both Sydney and Tamworth NSW. She has been the Dietitian in Charge at Tamworth Rural referral Hospital since 1994 and is the Profession Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics for Northern Hunter New England Health District. Her clinical area of expertise is in the dietetic management of eating disorders. Deanne is a member of the DAA Eating Disorder Interest Group Executive. She joined DCC in 2017. Deanne is passionate about ensuring that the rural Dietitian’s voice is represented in all aspects of DAA.

May Mak is the Deputy Head of Department of Dietetics and clinical dietitian (oncology) at Liverpool Hospital (NSW).  Prior to this role, she has worked in Tasmania for seven years. Her previous roles included clinical dietetics, food services and public health. Throughout her career, she has a strong interest in and is very committed to student and staff education, mentoring and coaching.  She is also a guest lecturer for the University of Wollongong. May has been appointed as the Honorary Clinical Fellow of the School of Medicine, UOW in 2016.

In addition to Dietetics, May is passionate about leadership and management in health.  She is currently undertaking her PhD study on developing a competency model for Allied Health managers. She holds a Master of Health Service Management (University of Tasmania, 2014), Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney, 2002) and Bachelor of Science: Food and Nutritional Science (1st Honors) (University of Hong Kong, 1999).

 

External Members- Three non-DAA members

Eithne Irving is the Deputy CEO and General Manager, Policy and Regulation at the Australian Dental Association and has spent the majority of her career as a Registered Nurse, with over 30 years’ experience in clinical nursing, education and training, and health workforce/health regulation policy.

Previously, Eithne has held a multitude of roles including; Executive Director to the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Principal Health Workforce Advisor within the Health Workforce Division of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing,  Executive Officer of the National Health Workforce Secretariat, National Liaison Office to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council Vocational Education and Training Government Advisory Committee and was a Senior Policy Analyst to the National Nursing and Nursing Education Taskforce.

In addition to her role on the DCC, she is a practitioner member of the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and a number of national health committees.

When not at work, Eithne spends her time looking after the men in her life – three teenage sons and her husband Paul and catching up on the odd crime book or TV show.

DCC Eithne

Chris has a 30 year health services management background, the last 18 years as the Quality and Risk Manager for World Travel Protection, a global emergency assistance business (formerly Cover-more Medical Assistance). The responsibilities include clinical governance functions of credentialing of medical, nursing and allied clinicians. Additionally, Chris’ work covers corporate governance in areas such as Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery and Crisis Response, to world catastrophic events, e.g. the Barcelona and London terrorist attacks and the Nepal earthquake retrieval missions.

Prior to joining Cover-More, Chris held various senior health management roles with the most recent as Director of Clinical Services for a major private acute care hospital in Sydney.

Having developed a commitment to the value of health consumer representation in health services decisions, Chris has completed the NSW certified Health Consumer training, and was invited to become a consumer representative for St Vincent, Mater, on their Quality Committee.

A/Prof Prue Morgan is the current Head of Physiotherapy at Monash University. She is an experienced physiotherapy clinician and academic with more than 30 years of experience in neurological clinical practice, physiotherapy education and research. She joined Monash University Physiotherapy Department in 2006 as the inaugural Neurology Lecturer and has steadily expanded her research in areas of complex lifespan neurological disability and optimising neurological skill training in undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy.

Prue has assumed many state and national leadership roles in physiotherapy over her career such as Chair of the National Neurology group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), National Advisory Committee of the APA, Accreditation Panel Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, Assessment Panel Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, Board of Censors of the Australian College of Physiotherapists , and is considered a national leader in Australian physiotherapy practice and education. She was awarded the title of Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist in 2008 by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in recognition of her expertise in clinical practice and scholarship.

 

Dietetic Credentialing Council Terms of Reference including selection criteria for membership.

For further information about the DCC, please contact DAA’s Credentialing Dietitian.