Why Choose an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice, and practise in line with DAA Professional Standards, including the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.
How does someone become an APD?
To become an APD in Australia, a dietitian must have graduated from an accredited Australian university dietetic courses. Dietitians who trained overseas must complete an examination process before being eligible to join the APD program.
What does an APD do?
- Assess nutritional needs
- Develop personalised eating plans that consider medical conditions and personal circumstances
- Provide nutrition counselling and support to individuals and groups
- Provide information on healthy eating, shopping for food, eating out and preparing food at home
- Undertake nutrition and food research
- Train health care professionals
- Develop nutrition communications, programs and policies
- Provide consultancy services to corporate organisations, food manufacturers, schools and health care facilities.
What conditions can an APD help with?
APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerance’s, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity.
The APD credential
The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. It is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law.
Find out more about the APD credential and APD Program.
Medicare provides rebates for visits to APDs treating chronic health conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer) under a care plan coordinated by a general practitioner. Visits to private practising APDs are also covered by most private health funds.
Medicare rebates are now also available for group services provided by eligible APDs, diabetes educators and exercise physiologist for people with type 2 diabetes, on referral from a general practitioner.
Contact Medicare or your private health fund for further information about rebates.
How much will an appointment cost?
DAA does not require compliance to a fee structure, as a result, there is no one standard fee that dietitians charge for their services. Fees will differ between dietitians, practices and locations, and will depend on the type of service is being provided.
During May 2014, DAA surveyed dietitians in private practice regarding the fees charged for services provided. The fee range (per hour) for standard consultations, menu reviews, and consultancy was $70-$150. The survey also indicated that the charge (per person) for group sessions, ranged up to $100.
Some private APDs will accept the Medicare rebate as full payment, however some do not. As a result you will be required to cover the gap between the fee and Medicare rebate.
Find an APD
Does your dietitian or nutrition professional have the letters APD after their name, or the APD logo?
Becoming an APD
Interesting is studying dietetics check out Becoming a Dietitian.
Ready to become an APD find out more about Joining the APD Program.