Why Choose an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice, and practise in line with Dietitians Australia Professional Standards, including the Code of Conduct for Dietitians & Nutritionists.
How does someone become an APD?
To become an APD in Australia, a dietitian must have graduated from an accredited Australian university dietetic courses. Dietitians who trained overseas must complete an examination process before being eligible to join the APD program.
What does an APD do?
- Assess nutritional needs
- Develop personalised eating plans that consider medical conditions and personal circumstances
- Provide nutrition counselling and support to individuals and groups
- Provide information on healthy eating, shopping for food, eating out and preparing food at home
- Undertake nutrition and food research
- Train health care professionals
- Develop nutrition communications, programs and policies
- Provide consultancy services to corporate organisations, food manufacturers, schools and health care facilities.
What conditions can an APD help with?
APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerance’s, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity.
APDs offer personalised advice and support
APDs understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to diet and nutrition (in other words, what works for one person may be different to what works for another). And the truth is that there are many ways for people to have a healthy diet.
And it’s at this individual level that an APD can help. They consider the whole person – that is, each person’s unique profile, such as their medical history, as well as their needs, goals and lifestyle. They also assess the body of scientific evidence, and are flexible with the advice and support they offer, on a case-by-case basis.
Being able to tailor nutrition advice to find the best approach for each person is the cornerstone of ‘Medical Nutrition Therapy’ – it’s what APDs are qualified to do.
The APD credential
The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. It is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law.
Find out more about the APD credential and APD Program.
APDs offer solid and trustworthy advice
APDs are nutrition scientists with a minimum of four years’ university study behind them. They take very seriously their responsibility of providing evidence-based nutrition advice and support. This means Australians can be confident that advice from an APD is solid and trustworthy.
A 2017 Omnipoll survey of more than 1,200 Australian adults, commissioned by DA, found the public view dietitians as trusted providers of nutrition advice, with 85 per cent saying they trust the advice of a dietitian.
Find out more about the professional standards of DA members.
Medicare provides rebates for visits to APDs treating chronic health conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer) under a care plan coordinated by a general practitioner. Visits to private practising APDs are also covered by most private health funds.
Medicare rebates are now also available for group services provided by eligible APDs, diabetes educators and exercise physiologist for people with type 2 diabetes, on referral from a general practitioner.
Contact Medicare or your private health fund for further information about rebates.
How much will an appointment cost?
Fees will differ between dietitians, practices and locations, and will depend on the type of service that is being provided. DA does not set particular fee requirements, so there is no one standard fee that dietitians charge for their services. Some private APDs will accept the Medicare rebate as full payment, however some may not. As a result, you will be required to cover the gap between the fee and Medicare rebate.
During December 2016, DA surveyed dietitians in private practice regarding the fees charged for services provided. The following information provides a summary of the results of this survey. Please note this is a guide ONLY, and the fees charged by individual dietitians in private practice may differ from these rates.
The fee range (per hour) charged for standard consultations ranged between the Medicare rebate only up to >$300. Most dietitians charged between $50-$150 for a standard initial consultation, and $50-$100 for follow-up consultations. About 40% of survey respondents also offered concessional rates.
The survey also indicated that the charge (per person) for group sessions, ranged up to $120 however for group sessions under Medicare, most dietitians charged up to $30, with some accepting the Medicare rebate as full payment.
Dietitians who provided home visit or telehealth consultations most commonly charged between $100-$150 for an initial consultation. However, the range of fees charged was between $50 to >$300 for standard home visit consultations, and <$50 to $250 for telehealth consultations. About half of respondents charged an additional travel fee for home visits.
Fees charged for menu reviews, and consultancy services for private hospitals, aged care facilities and group homes ranged up to $260, with $80-$180 most commonly being charged as an hourly rate for these services.
Find an APD
Does your dietitian or nutrition professional have the letters APD after their name, or the APD logo?
Becoming an APD
Interested in studying dietetics? Check out Becoming a Dietitian.
Ready to become an APD? Find out more about Joining the APD Program.