Supporting Best Practice in Dietetics

Like many areas of science, nutrition is an evolving area – with new evidence coming to light all the time, on the many and varied areas in which dietitians practice.

DA has pooled resources with our international colleagues at Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association to make Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) available to eligible DA members. This helps Australian dietitians to be at the forefront of the body of evidence. Since 2010, PEN has guided the practice of Australia’s dietitians, and given them access to evidence-based tools and resources to support their clients.

The beauty of PEN is that new research is able to be incorporated into knowledge pathways for dietitians, and resources for clients, sooner than would be possible otherwise.

In addition to PEN, DA supports its members to provide best practice dietetic services through various other tools. For example, members also have access to:

  • ProQuest – a database of more than 4,500 health-related journals
  • Professional development events, including the DA National Conference
  • Dietetic Information and Nutrition Education Resources (DINER) – a database of quality resources for professional development or client education
  • Nutrition & Dietetics – the scientific journal of DA, and Australia’s leading peer-reviewed journal in its field.

Various DA Interest Groups and working groups, made-up of Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) with expertise in certain areas of practice, develop evidence-based resources for members to access. For example, in late 2016, a working group of DA members developed an evidence summary on the ‘Dietary Management of Adult Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in the Acute Care Setting’.

DA is proud of the various ways we support our members to practice evidence-based nutrition.