What is a Dietitian?

What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
A dietitian is a tertiary qualified health professional, who has undergone between 4-6years of university study. An Accredited Practising Dietitian is bound by a code of ethics to provide evidence based treatment and is required to undertake regular professional development to ensure they are continually improving on their practise. Dietitians are clinically trained and are the only nutrition professionals recognised with Medicare to provide nutrition therapy for health conditions. A dietitian may also be a nutritionist, but not vice-versa.
To date, there is no regulation in Australia on who can call themselves a nutritionist, meaning you may be receiving treatment from someone who isn’t properly trained in the area. A nutritionist may have also completed a university degree, however there are also many nutrition-related short courses that allow people to then call themselves a nutritionist.
Seeing a dietitian for nutrition counselling and therapy ensures that you are receiving ethical support and guidance, and you can be confident in their expertise to assist you with your health concerns.