What do Dietitians do?
Dietitians are trained in the science of nutrition and diet therapy and are qualified to work in areas that require nutritional assessment & medical nutrition therapy. Dietitians apply scientific knowledge about food and nutrition to individuals and groups in states of health and disease to promote optimal health outcomes within the social, economic and cultural context of the New Zealand population.
A dietitian may work in a variety of settings ranging from hospital, community, public health, sports, research & education or as nutrition/medical representatives to the food industry. Dietitians use effective nutritional management strategies, based upon current scientific evidence, to help individuals or groups to improve their health.
A Dietitian is a registered health professional who meets standards of professionalism required by the NZ Dietitians Board under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. Dietitians currently are required to have an accredited undergraduate science degree in human nutrition, as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics. As of 2013 all New Zealand graduating Dietitians are required to have completed a Masters in Dietetics.
Dietitians work within a specified scope of practice, adhere to a Code of Ethics, meet Registration Competency Requirements, participate in a Continuing Competency Program and undergo regular auditing in order to maintain their practising certificate and to be able to legally call themselves a New Zealand Registered Dietitian.