Dietetic Credentialing Council

The Dietetic Credentialing Council’s (DCC) primary function is to provide strategic advice and make recommendations on credentialing and regulation to the DAA Board on the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program. 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 role of the DCC is also:

  • To provide strategic advice to the DAA Board on the development of standards, codes and guidance guidelines for the APD program for the DAA as a self-regulated profession.
  • To provide high level advice to the Board about the development of the credentials within the APD program, i.e. Provisional, Full, Advanced and Fellow APD.
  • To ensure that the APD program meets the needs of the DAA, members and other key stakeholders, including consumers, with respect to safety and quality.
  • To liaise closely with the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC) regarding issues underpinning competency standards, credentialing, regulation, education, accreditation and recognition activities.

Some functions of the DCC include:

  1. To provide strategic advice to the DAA Board on emerging issues in relation to the credentialing and regulation of health professions in Australia and internationally.
  2. To ensure that the policies and process of the credentialing and auditing of APD’s are consistent with the health professions under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  3. To consult with key stakeholders, including government agencies, the Board, members and consumers on matters relating to credentialing and self-regulation.
  4. To consult with the ADC regarding minimum standards for entry to the profession for Australian trained and overseas trained dietitians, and completion of the provisional APD program.
  5. To provide recommendations to the DAA Board on the maintenance and development of standards, codes and guidelines related to the APD program.
  6. To coordinate a program of total quality management and evaluation for credentialing and self-regulation.

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).


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.

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 currently sitting on a range of national health committees including the Australian Industry Skills Committee’s Dental Industry Reference Committee, the National Oral Health Monitoring Group and the National Primary Health Care Partnership.

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 17 years as the Quality and Risk Manager for Cover-More’s International Medical and Travel Assistance business. 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.