Joint Position Statements

Joint Position Statement on Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Accredited Practising Dietitians, Nutrition and Oral Health Professionals for Oral Health and Nutrition

Dietitians Australia and Dental Health Services Victoria collaborated to develop a joint position statement on oral health and nutrition.

The purpose of the joint position statement is to outline the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration between Accredited Practising Dietitians, nutrition professionals and oral health professionals.  To support the statement, this paper briefly summarises the evidence of synergy between oral health and nutrition across the life course and makes recommendations for collaboration across a range of settings in the Australian context.

The position statement has been endorsed by the Australian Dental and Oral Therapists’ Association, Oral Health Services Tasmania, Dental Hygienists Association of Australia and Deakin University. These agencies, as well as the Victorian Department of Health and the Australian Dental Association, contributed to the development of this resource.

Read the Joint Position Statement

National Nutrition Strategy

Australia last updated its national nutrition policy in 1992. Since that time, the diet-related health of Australians has become worse. 27,500 Australians die a preventable death each year from an unhealthy diet. Many diseases are caused or exacerbated by a poor diet, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer and lung cancer. Food insecurity is also on the rise in Australia.

Dietitians Australia, along with the Public Health Association of Australia, Nutrition Australia and the Heart Foundation, calls for the Australian Government to update the 1992 National Food and Nutrition Policy into an up-to-date National Nutrition Strategy with a well-resourced, co-ordinated, evidence-based and strategic action plan.

Download the Position Paper (PDF,375KB) and Evidence Brief (PDF,234KB)

FSANZ Act review Regulatory Impact Statement forgets public health

The Australian Government is making changes to our food regulatory system in Australia and New Zealand. This will set guidelines for how food is made, sold and marketed in the future. We are calling for the Australian Government to prioritise the health of Australians and New Zealanders as they consider reforms to our food regulatory system.

Download the Open Statement (PDF, 426KB)

AANA Food & Beverages Advertising Code Review

Industry-led regulation of unhealthy food & drink advertisements is not an adequate solution to protect children from the harmful impacts of unhealthy food marketing.

Dietitians Australia along with a collective of public health and consumer advocates made a statement in response to this review. Read more here.

Screening and management of prediabetes in adults in primary care in Australia

Prediabetes is a metabolic condition characterised by elevated blood glucose which doesn’t meet the diagnostic criteria for diabetes. Early detection and management of this condition is important to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

Dietitians Australia (DA) in collaboration with the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) have produced this joint position statement which outlines the recommended approaches to screening and management of prediabetes in primary care.

The full joint position statement can be accessed here.

Health Star Rating five year review – Joint statement of public health and consumer groups

Leading public health and consumer groups welcome the outcomes of the Ministerial Forum as an important step in concluding the Health Star Rating System Five Year Review. Research suggests the system is performing well overall, and that the majority of people understand and like the Health Star system logo.

Public health and consumer groups remain concerned about the food industry’s influence on the development and implementation of Health Stars, which is preventing the system from reaching its full potential as an important tool to help improve the health of all Australians. This joint statement offers support for several recommendations and provides further recommendations to strengthen the initiative.

NDIS participant access to Accredited Practising Dietitian services and nutrition support products

The Dietitians Australia supports the rights of people with disability to access nutrition support products and Accredited Practising Dietitian services which meet their unique needs to promote physical, mental and social wellbeing.

The inclusion of the services of Accredited Practising Dietitians and nutrition support products in NDIS participant plans is reasonable and necessary for participants to realise their goals and aspirations, and to increase their social and economic participation.

DA Statement NDIS January 2020

Nutrition Advice within Scope of Practice for AusREPs

Nutrition Advice within Scope of Practice for AusREPs provides clarity to the fitness industry with guidelines for AusREPs to follow when giving nutrition advice to clients. As part of the guidelines, AusREPs are encouraged to provide basic healthy eating information and advice through the application of nationally endorsed nutritional standards and guidelines – in particular, the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

The guidelines have been developed and endorsed by Fitness Australia, the Dietitians Australia and Sports Dietitians Australia.

Statement of Intent between Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), and its Member and Friend Organisations

The Joint Statement of Intent reflects an intent for IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.

IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations asset that in order to positively contribute to closing the gaps, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the right to equitably access allied health services that are available, affordable, acceptable and appropriate, provided by allied health professionals who are both culturally responsive and clinically competent.

IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations are committed to building and strengthening the allied health workforce to meet the complex healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the allied health workforce and strengthening the cultural responsivenesss of all allied health students and graduates.

Joint Position Statement: Addressing the Physical Health of People With Mental Illness

Mental health and physical health are fundamentally connected. A proportion of individuals experiencing mental illness will also experience poor physical health, and poor physical health can in turn be associated with poor mental health. Given the well-known relationship between physical and mental health, an increased focus on holistic multidisciplinary treatment can enhance quality of life, and improve the physical and mental health outcomes for individuals living with a mental health disorder.

We recently worked with Exercise & Sports Science Australia and the Australian Psychological Society to develop a Joint Position Statement Addressing the Physical Health of People With Mental Illness. The purpose of the joint position statement is to endorse dietary and exercise interventions that can provide a range of physical, social and mental health benefits to those living with a mental illness.

Food Security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Policy

We recently worked with Public Health Association of Australia and Australian Red Cross, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Indigenous Allied Health Australia and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation to develop a Joint Statement on Food Security and Background Paper. The purpose of the joint statement is to provide succinct data about the current situation in relation to food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and outline the action we and the PHAA will undertake to address the issues identified.