DIETITIAN

GEORGIA LARKIN
ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETITIAN

What is an APD?

Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition. They translate scientific nutrition information into personalised, practical advice.

All Accredited Practicing Dietitians have either graduated from DAA accredited dietetics program in Australia or have qualified overseas and completed DAA’s Dietetic Skills Recognition program.

They undertake ongoing professional development and commit to uphold DAA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.

APDs work in a range of settings including private practice, community health centres, aged-care facilities and hospitals. APDs see individual clients and may run group nutrition education sessions.

How can APDs help improve patient outcomes?

APDs can advise you on specific nutrition management of many conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Food Allergy and Intolerance
  • Eating Disorders
  • Physical & Mental Disabilities

When Should You Refer to an APD?

A referral may be useful if you:

  • Have a new diagnosis requiring specific dietary modification. E.g. Coeliac disease.
  • Are failing to meet nutrition needs such as Anaemia or Osteoporosis.
  • Had a significant unintentional weight change, either loss or gain.
  • Have a recent poor food intake, poor appetite, dysphagia, or difficulty preparing or eating food, which can occur with conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Experience a deterioration of symptoms or a change in care needs.
  • Are prescribed a medication that may affect dietary intake such as psychotropic medications or chemotherapy.
  • Require alternative feeding such as nasogastric or PEG feeding.
  • Need a better understanding of your dietary management.
  • Need a periodic dietary review, such as post-bariatric.

What other Services do APDs Provide?

As well as Medical Nutrition Therapy, APDs can provide a range of services including:

  • Taking part in care planning and case conferences.
  • Educating carers and families.
  • Developing patient education resources.
  • Developing menu plans.
  • Collaborating on health promotion activities.
  • Providing continual professional development for health professionals.
  • Collaborating on research activities.