Media Releases

NDIS independent assessments forget that food fuels function

Dietitians Australia calls for the government to immediately cease the roll out of the independent assessment program as part of its proposed reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), in a bid to prevent, avoidable nutrition-related deaths of vulnerable Australians. Media release 

April 2021

Find an extraordinary dietitian this Dietitians Day

Leading Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Laureate Professor Clare Collins calls for all Australians to take the guesswork out of eating for health and to go see their local dietitian, as the nation celebrates Dietitians Day, today, Friday 26 March.  Media release

March 2021

Dietitians have the taste for technology

How technology has revolutionised the diverse world of dietetics, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, is just one topic dietitians will be making a noise about this Dietitians Week.

Beginning today, Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are celebrating Dietitians Week and the role they play in building healthier communities. Media release 

March 2021

Supporting people of all sizes to thrive: call to update Clinical Practice Guidelines 

Dietitians Australia supports the call for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to update the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity.  Media Release

March 2021

Aged Care Royal Commission Final Report flags food and nutrition for immediate attention

Food and nutrition has been identified as one of four concerns requiring immediate attention in the Final Report handed down by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety today. Media Statement

March 2021

Food first in aged care: Dietitians call for National Congress to prioritise this basic human right

Tackling malnutrition by elevating the importance of nutritious food for older Australians is Dietitians Australia’s key focus at tomorrow’s National Congress on Food, Nutrition, and the Dining Experience in Aged Care. Media release

February 2021

Feeding return on investment: Budget must prioritise nutrition for the nation’s health

Dietitians Australia urges the Australian Federal Government to ensure the 2021-22 Budget provides adequate funding to support Australians to make appropriate food choices for their health. Media release

February 2021

New data strengthens call for mandatory malnutrition screening

Hospitalisation data released today by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety further emphasises Dietitians Australia’s call for mandatory malnutrition screening and quarterly re-screening of aged care residents. Media statement

February 2021

Dietitians in aged care: a recipe to save millions

Engaging Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) to support food and nutrition in aged care is projected to save more than $80 million per year which would otherwise be spent on costly malnutrition treatment.

That’s just one of the revelations outlined as part of eight aged care position statements released today by Dietitians Australia. Media release

January 2021

It’s time for action: improving food security in remote communities

Dietitians Australia applauds the recommendation to develop a strategy on food security and nutrition for remote First Nations communities. This strategy is one of 16 recommendations in the final report from the Senate Inquiry into food pricing and food security in remote Indigenous communities, which was tabled earlier this week. Media release

December 2020

Food a human-rights issue for people with disability

Supporting the rights and needs of people with disability for equal access to safe, nutritious and enjoyable food is the call behind Dietitians Australia’s latest submission to the Disability Royal Commission. Media release

November 2020

Promising changes ahead for older Australians

The elevation of nutrition in aged care is a welcomed inclusion of the proposed recommendations presented by the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. In a response to the recommendations made, Dietitians Australia commends the Counsel for putting nutrition first. Media release

November 2020

Food security essential for remote communities to thrive

Dietitians Australia is calling for the Government to ensure all Australians have access to affordable, safe, and nutritious food, regardless of their location. This comes ahead of the final report from the Senate Inquiry into Food Pricing and Food Security in Remote Indigenous Communities, due to be handed down next week. Media release

November 2020

Stronger together: reducing racism in healthcare organisations

The impact of institutional racism in healthcare — and the steps organisations can take to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples — is just one of the topics being explored as part of Dietitians Australia’s inaugural webinar series for NAIDOC week (8-15 November 2020). Media release

November 2020

Urgent focus needed to reduce the impact of poor nutrition

Australia’s poor nutrition report card demands a coordinated response in the form of a National Nutrition Policy; this is one of the key areas highlighted in Dietitians Australia’s recent response to the development of the National Preventive Health Strategy. Media release

October 2020

Feeding good mental health is key for young Australians

As we count down to World Mental Health Day tomorrow, and with final exams for Year 12 students just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to consider the connection between healthy food choices and the mental wellbeing of young Australians. Media release

October 2020