As Australia's peak body for dietitians, we represent our members and our profession. We raise awareness about the importance of nutrition in public health. Our advocacy and policy work helps us support Australia's healthcare needs.

We advocate for the role of Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs). APDs treat a range of health conditions and give expert advice on nutrition and dietary issues. They help Australians stay healthy and well.

Nutritional health is a key public health issue. We work with all levels of government, government agencies and other peak bodies to influence health policy. Our expert advice can help improve the health of all Australians.

Our latest policy and advocacy work

We promote better community healthcare by advocating for key areas of nutritional health.

Right now, our advocacy priority areas are aged care, disability, healthy and sustainable diets, and mental health.

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Position statement (joint)

Released November 2021 - Dietitians Australia advocates for a national approach to food and nutrition for the health of Australians. Australia last updated its national nutrition policy in 1992.


Disruptions from COVID-19 have caused food supply chain issues in many parts of Australia. Here we have listed food replacement options to prepare nutritious meals during food shortages for residents in aged care.


Released July 2018 - Access to healthy food and nutrition care is important for the health care of people with mental disorders. Our submission proposes and gives evidence for Better Access MBS items to include Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs).


Released May 2019 - We support the expansion of access to health services for people with mental health disorders, including access to APDs. Our submission is in response to the Report from the Mental Health Reference Group as part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Taskforce Review.


Released July 2021 - Our response to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) on the composition and labelling of electrolyte drinks. Dietitians have an important role in the food system to support consumers to identify healthier food options and companies with product formulation, marketing, consumer education and compliance.