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What can a dietitian help with?

A Dietitian is a professional who applies the science of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent and treat disease to optimise the health of individuals, groups, communities, and populations.

The profession of dietetics contributes to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of illness by optimising the nutrition of populations, communities, and individuals. Dietitians have a defined and recognisable body of knowledge and utilise scientific principles and methods in the study of nutrition and dietetics, applying these results to influence the wider environment affecting food intake and eating behaviour. The scope of dietetic practice is such that Dietitians may work in a variety of settings and have a variety of work functions.

Dietitian vs Nutritionist

In Australia there is a difference between a Dietitian and other nutritional health providers including Nutritionists. All Dietitians are Nutritionists, but Nutritionists without a dietetics qualification can’t call themselves a Dietitian. While the definition of a Dietitian and Nutritionist are similar, there are differences in qualifications and regulation.

  • As a profession, Nutritionists aren’t regulated and can have limited qualifications.
  • The dietetic profession is regulated. Most Dietitians have graduated with an approved dietetics degree from an Australian university.
  • Dietitians with the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential commit to ongoing training and education throughout their careers. They adhere to our code of conduct. Dietitians have the knowledge and skills found in the National Competency Standards for Dietitians.
Dietetics Consultations Queensland
Dietetics Consultation

Why should I see a Dietitian?

Dietitians treat a range of chronic and temporary health conditions. They understand how nutrition affects the body and will give you expert nutrition and dietary advice. Dietitians provide personal support and give practical, easy-to-follow advice to help you improve and understand your health and wellbeing.

Dietitians understand how nutrition affects the body and use this knowledge when treating you. Using the latest scientific information, Dietitians’ partner with you to develop a personal plan to meet your needs.

Dietitians don’t apply a one-size-fits-all approach. They understand what works for one person may be different to what works for you. They consider the whole person – each person’s medical history, as well as their needs, goals, and lifestyle. Being able to tailor nutrition advice and find the best approach for each person is what Dietitians are qualified to do.

What conditions can a Dietitian treat?

Weight loss/gain


Bariatric Surgery (pre + post support)

Bariatric Surgery
(pre + post support)

Malnutrition (high protein high energy diet/oral nutrition supplementation)

Malnutrition (high protein high energy diet/oral nutrition supplementation)

General Healthy eating

Healthy eating

Diabetes (Type1 + Type2)

(Type1 + Type2)

Cholesterol and heart health

and heart health

Gastrointestinal concerns / Reflux

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) concerns / Reflux

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis and

Allergies and intolerances

Allergies and

Pregnancy (antenatal + ostnatal support)

Pregnancy (antenatal
+ ostnatal support)

Paediatric fussy eating / food aversion

Paediatric fussy eating
/ food aversion

Failure to Thrive / Developmental delays

Failure to Thrive /
Developmental delays

What to expect with your dietetics appointment

For your first appointment with us, please ensure you have filled out the initial paperwork emailed to you. If you prefer to fill in a paper copy, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment.


Your initial session will be 1 hour. This will be followed by a subsequent appointment/s and plan determined by you and your Dietitian.


45-minute consults for initial and 30-minute consults for subsequent appointments. Your dietitian will determine your treatment plan with you in session.


30-minute consults


Typically 1-hour appointments, depending on the condition/s or location (clinic or home)

Do I need a referral to see a Dietitian?

Dietitians are first contact practitioners, meaning you do not need a referral to be assessed by a Dietitian. We do, however, accept referrals from GPs for Team Care Arrangements and DVA D904 referrals. Please do not hesitate to call our administrative team to discuss your available options.

Contact us and we will assign you to a service in your area.

Do I need a referral to see a Dietitian