Dietetic Credentialing Council

The Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC) is an independent Council responsible for the regulatory framework for the dietetic profession in Australia. The DCC acts to ensure dietetic credentialing and regulation processes are efficient, effective, equitable, accountable and transparent. These processes ensure high quality professional standards and public safety.

The Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program is the credentialing program for dietitians managed by DA and adheres to the Standards set by the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP).

The DCC oversees all aspects related to the maintenance and development of regulatory standards, codes and guidelines and their implementation and review related to the APD program, including, but not limited to:

  • the Provisional, Full, Advanced and Fellow credentials.
  • requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • requirements in relation to the nature, extent, period and currency of any previous practice of the profession.
  • the scope of practice of APDs including those with dual qualifications, extending scope and the intersection of scope with other health professions.
  • the oversight of the annual APD audit process.
  • the management and coordination of the complaints and disciplinary processes and procedures.
  • the monitoring and imposition of conditions on APDs where required, including suspensions imposed on the regulation of practitioners or resumption of practice.
  • requirements for professional indemnity insurance arrangements for practitioners.
  • matters about the criminal history of APDs including the matters to be considered in deciding whether an individual’s criminal history is relevant to the practice of the profession.
  • fitness to practice, including but not limited to the physical and mental health of APDs.
  • any other issue relevant to the eligibility of individuals for regulation in the profession or the suitability of individuals to competently and safely practice the profession.

Functions of the DCC

Some functions of the DCC include:

  • To consult with key stakeholders, including APD and DA members, the Board, DA committees, the Australian Dietetics Council (ADC), consumers and government agencies on matters relating to credentialing and self regulation.
  • To liaise closely with the ADC regarding issues common to both Councils and which impact on competency standards, credentialing, regulation, education, accreditation and recognition activities (where appropriate).
  • To ensure the DCC regulatory framework reflects best practice standards and aligns with regulatory standards.
  • To remain abreast of current and emerging issues
  • To establish working groups from the general membership to undertake specific activities related to credentialing and regulation matters and ensure these specific activities are undertaken appropriately.
  • To undertake ongoing quality improvement to ensure that the APD Program adheres to credentialing best practice.
  • To manage and coordinate the complaints and disciplinary processes and procedures including the establishment of the Complaints Assessors Pool in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Complaints Assessors Pool.

Composition of the DCC

The DCC comprises nine voting members appointed by the DAA Board for a two-year term, all with an option for a second two-year term. Of the nine members there are six senior practitioner dietitians and three external members.

Dietitian Representatives- APD members

Mary is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, with over 26 years of experience in the field, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology.  Mary is recognised for her expertise in the management of foodservices and undertakes high level consultancies and commercial research for government and industry, and provides advice for dietetic curriculum in this area.  Mary has co-authored nutrition standards for both health and correctional sectors, and continues to lead research and evaluation in these areas to support evidence based practice and quality outcomes for clients.  Mary has extensive experience in the development and delivery of curriculum for the training of nutrition and dietetics professionals, as well as the conceptualisation and delivery of learning opportunities for practising dietitians in particular through her many volunteer roles with the DA over her career at the local and national level, including as chair of the DA 2014 conference and as a past DA director.

Deanne Harris is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. She completed a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Sydney in 1991. She has worked as a Clinical Dietitian in both Sydney and Tamworth NSW. She has been the Dietitian in Charge at Tamworth Rural referral Hospital since 1994 and is the Profession Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics for Northern Hunter New England Health District. Her clinical area of expertise is in the dietetic management of eating disorders. Deanne is a member of the DA Eating Disorder Interest Group Executive. She joined DCC in 2017. Deanne is passionate about ensuring that the rural Dietitian’s voice is represented in all aspects of DA.

May Mak is the Deputy Head of Department of Dietetics and clinical dietitian (oncology) at Liverpool Hospital (NSW).  Prior to this role, she has worked in Tasmania for seven years. Her previous roles included clinical dietetics, food services and public health. Throughout her career, she has a strong interest in and is very committed to student and staff education, mentoring and coaching.  She is also a guest lecturer for the University of Wollongong. May has been appointed as the Honorary Clinical Fellow of the School of Medicine, UOW in 2016.

In addition to Dietetics, May is passionate about leadership and management in health.  She is currently undertaking her PhD study on developing a competency model for Allied Health managers. She holds a Master of Health Service Management (University of Tasmania, 2014), Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney, 2002) and Bachelor of Science: Food and Nutritional Science (1st Honors) (University of Hong Kong, 1999).

Jane has been an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) for over 15 years and an Advanced APD for 10 years. She has worked in many areas of practice including clinical, public health, diabetes and project management in both rural and metro settings. She has actively volunteered with DA since 2002, working with the State Branch, National Conference organising committees, the university accreditation review team, the National Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee and several DA project steering groups. Jane is the current Head of Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Fremantle Hospital in WA where she has been involved in the commissioning of the quaternary hospital and establishing the dietetic department and food services. She is passionate about progressing the profession and supporting the future development and growth of the workforce. Jane joined DCC in 2017.

Tracy is recognised as a Fellow of the Dietitians Australia and has published over 130 publications, including papers in top-ranked international journals. She has received grants totaling over $4.2m from nationally-competitive schemes, including those of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), industry and philanthropic organisations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has well-developed programs of research in dietary assessment, child obesity and addictive eating behaviours.

She has received multiple awards for her research and teaching. She has attained an international profile and is recognised by providing expert opinion to the Medical Research Council (UK) and the National Cancer Institute (USA).  She has provided strategic advice for public policy, including the NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines and Best Practice Guidelines for obesity. Her work has been translated to International Evidence Practice Sheets and improved health service delivery.

She has been involved in many translational projects and delivered over 50 community programs and undertaken over 50 media engagements. She has directly worked with Health Services of Hunter New England and the Australian Capital Territory, as well as the Department of Education. She is also a member of 2 editorial boards. She is the deputy theme lead for the Nutrition theme in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition and mid-career researcher representative on the Hunter Medical Research Institute Council. She is a well recognised PhD supervisor and APD mentor.

Annabelle is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator for over 10 years. Annabelle has over 17 years experience in Clinical  Dietetic Practice and has worked across the continuum of health care in  Metro and rural hospital, specialist outpatient centres, community health centres and private practice. Annabelle has held leadership roles including Team Leader and Director of Nutrition and Dietetics. Annabelle has a strong interest in advancing dietetic scope of practice and believes that Dietetic leadership skill development is central to this progression. Annabelle has worked in education of both Dietetic and Diabetes Education students and is a strong advocate for patient centred care. Annabelle has been an advocate for people living with chronic diseases at a state and national level representing DA, ADEA and Metro South Health on multiple committees. Annabelle’s current work as a senior project officer in Metro South Health allows her to use her strong advocacy skills to facilitate conversations about service redesign to improve patient journey.

External Members- non-DA members

Rod has significant experience working across the Health, Education and Primary Industry sectors in a number of CEO, Director and leadership positions. He has broad experience working with Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society, Pharmacy Board of Australia and South Coast Careers College and has also held Board positions at Networking Health NSW (formerly General Practice NSW) and Nationwide Placements Pty Ltd. In these roles, Rod has participated in strategy development, monitoring and compliance obligations, legal and risk management activities.

Prue Morgan is the current Head of Physiotherapy at Monash University. She is an experienced physiotherapy clinician and academic with more than 30 years of experience in neurological clinical practice, physiotherapy education and research. She joined Monash University Physiotherapy Department in 2006 as the inaugural Neurology Lecturer and has steadily expanded her research in areas of complex lifespan neurological disability and optimising neurological skill training in undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy.

Prue has assumed many state and national leadership roles in physiotherapy over her career such as Chair of the National Neurology group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), National Advisory Committee of the APA, Accreditation Panel Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, Assessment Panel Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, Board of Censors of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and is considered a national leader in Australian physiotherapy practice and education. She was awarded the title of Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist in 2008 by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in recognition of her expertise in clinical practice and scholarship.

For further information regarding DCC, view their Terms of Reference, or contact DA’s Credentialing Manager.