We collaborate with our members to advocate and provide a voice for Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) and the dietetic profession. We also promote the key role of APDs in helping manage disease and improving the nutritional status and wellbeing of Australians, and campaign to raise the awareness of the importance of nutrition as a key public health concern.

What is advocacy?

The word advocate derives from Medieval Latin, and means to summon or call to one’s aid.

An advocate (noun) is a person or organisation who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy, or who puts forward a case on someone else’s behalf. Advocates can also be known as supporters, champions, protectors, and patrons.

To advocate (verb) is to publicly recommend or support, campaign on behalf of, stand up for, argue for, or vouch for.

Members as key advocates

There is strength in numbers and our members play a central role in our advocacy activities; we could not achieve the influence and recognition we have without their expertise, skills and dedication.

Our members are well-placed to influence change on both a local and wider scale. Many members:

Get involved

If you are a member and would like to get involved, please see:

Leadership opportunities – Volunteering

Practice & Professional Networks

Discussion forums

Also keep an eye on your Weekly Member Update email, for opportunities to contribute to consultations and submissions.


For more about our advocacy activities, please contact our Senior Policy Officer.

For more about our media activities, please contact our Media Officer.

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Hot topics

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Responses to media misinformation 

Advocacy letters