Media Releases

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

It’s time to tackle malnutrition

Identifying and treating malnutrition is the focus of the latest virtual issue by the Journal of Dietitians Australia, Nutrition & Dietetics.  Released this week, the issue of freely available papers includes 14 recently published research articles that raise awareness about the need to proactively screen, diagnose and treat malnutrition, particularly as our population ages. Media release

October 2020

Do not forget food: the essential ingredient in health and wellbeing of older Australians

The importance of providing nutritious food and satisfying mealtimes in the wellbeing of older Australians must be recognised if the recommendations from the Royal Commission’s report into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care are to improve quality of life for residents.  Media release

October 2020

Telehealth extension good news for Australians accessing dietetic services 

Dietitians Australia welcomes the announcement by the Federal Government to extend telehealth appointments for allied health practitioners until 31 March 2021. Media statement

September 2020

Continuing telehealth is essential to keep Australians connected to healthcare

During this time of prolonged uncertainty triggered by the global pandemic, telehealth is the lifeline keeping Australians connected to their dietitian. But without government action, this support will soon be cut short, with current telehealth arrangements due to expire at the end of the month. Media release

September 2020

Digesting rest: meal quality and timing linked with better sleep in female AFL players

Limiting food intake before bedtime could be the answer to achieving a good night’s sleep for elite female athletes, according to new research published today in Nutrition & Dietetics. The research conducted by Dr. Dominique Condo, Lecturer in Sports Nutrition at Deakin University, APD and AccSD, highlights the impact nutrient intake, quality and timing of meals has on sleep duration and quality in Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) players. Media release

August 2020

Virtual Reality: Interning at the World Health Organization during a pandemic

As coronavirus was declared a pandemic, media, organisations and the public looked to the World Health Organization (WHO) for information. Joyce Haddad, Accredited Practising Dietitian, had just commenced an internship at WHO Headquarters in Switzerland, and was there to see it all unfold. Speaking today at Dietitians Australia’s Virtual Plenary Program she shares her experience as an intern and her top 4 tips for living well during quarantine. Media release

August 2020

Urgent action needed to stop malnutrition being COVID-19’s lasting legacy 

As aged care homes across the country continue lockdown precautions in a bid to keep COVID-19 at bay, the sad reality is that another crisis – malnutrition – is building for many older Australians. Dietitians Australia calls for an increased focus on nutrition care during these times. This includes having a dietitian engaged at all aged care homes and swiftly implementing innovative health care measures. Media release

August 2020

Weight of evidence supports continuation of telehealth

The coronavirus pandemic has vastly changed Australian lifestyles, leading to unwanted ‘COVID kilos’ for some, due to different food choices, eating habits, stress and a lack of exercise during lockdown. But Dietitians Australia said it’s also presented an opportunity for many people to make life-changing and in some cases, life-saving choices, through better access to dietetic support via telehealth. Media release

July 2020

Medicare co-payments for telehealth services – a vital requirement for allied health

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) commends the government for allowing co-payments for telehealth allied health services. Coming into effect yesterday, this announcement ensures community based Accredited Practising Dietitians, along with other allied health providers, can continue to provide vital health services to Australians. Media release

April 2020

Dietitians are now available for consultations via video conference and phone appointments (Medicare and DVA rebates available)

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) commends the government’s decision to expand telehealth Medicare and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) services for allied health, including dietitians, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Media release

April 2020

Dietitians call for sensible shopping at the supermarket

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) calls for the Australian public to act sensibly and to exercise restraint when it comes to the bulk purchasing of foods at supermarkets. Australians are encouraged to consider the role of their diet in health, and sensibly plan ahead to be prepared during these uncertain times. Media release

March 2020

Critical need for a national residential aged care malnutrition audit

Malnutrition is a serious issue within aged care in Australia, silently abusing a substantial number of older Australians. Despite this, the true extent of this issue is unknown due to a lack in national data on the prevalence of malnutrition in aged care. The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) calls for a national audit into malnutrition in residential aged care. Media release

February 2020

National Nutrition Policy required to nourish not neglect Australians

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) highlights the need for nutrition to be prioritised for health, to support Australians to lead healthier lives. Commencing today, Smart Eating Week (10 – 16 February) continues DA’s call for a new National Nutrition Policy. Media release