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

Robynne is an Advanced APD with a career spanning roles in clinical dietetics, private practice, community and public health, project management and dietetic education. She is passionate about the importance of preparing new dietitians with skills relevant for the changing workforce, and for their expertise to be fully recognised by other health professionals and the public. This interest grew into a PhD topic while working at Curtin University as a lecturer, with positions as course and fieldwork coordinator, and coordinating and teaching into a common inter-professional first year unit for all health science students.

Robynne is currently undertaking PhD study on professional identity and collaborative practice by dietitians. She has been a member of DAA since 1979, contributing in a variety of leadership roles at State and National level, has served on the Board, and as a member of advisory committees for education and accreditation, and the APD program.

DCC Robynne

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

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).


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

Following a 35 year career in Corporate Service Management, Tim re-invented himself in the health sector in 2003. Tim is a former advisor to two federal Health Ministers, as a member of the Lead Clinicians Group; an inaugural member of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia; and a former member of the Western Australian Clinical Senate Executive.

He is a Councillor for the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiology Faculty of Clinical Radiology; a Patient for Patient Safety Champion for the World Health Organisation; Chairman of the North Metropolitan Health Service Community Advisory Council; member of Diabetes Australia’s Medical, Education and Scientific Advisory Council; and member of Department of Health (WA) Diabetes & Endocrinology Network Executive Advisory Group. Tim has presented at a number of conferences, including: the “Asia Pacific Conference on the Metabolic Syndrome”; and the United Nations conference on “Global Health Challenges – Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The 2014 City of Bayswater Citizen of the Year; Tim is married with two adult daughters, three grand-children, and a very bossy miniature poodle; he enjoys travel, as well as dining out, music and the movies.


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

For further information about the DCC, please contact DAA’s Professional Services Registrar.