What is a
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure they are the most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition data into practical advice which aligns with the Dietitians Association of Australia and their professional standards.
APDs are also nutritionists but nutritionists are not dietitians. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist even if they have no qualifications but APDs must do at least four years at university and undergo annual exams to remain accredited. Nutritionists generally aren’t qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy
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.