Well done on doing your research into who is going to suit your individual needs best. In the world where information is at our fingertips, it can be hard to discern what information, or which health professional, is suitable for you. And yet, this usually determines how much value you will get from their services. Here are several factors that are important when selecting a Dietitian.
Dietitians in Australia have done 4-5 years at university and are governed by a national body, the Dietitians Association of Australia. A Dietitian who has completed this training and is keeping up to date with the latest information is commonly referred to as an Accredited Practising Dietitian or APD.
Consider both the amount of experience your health professional holds, as well as what areas they have focussed their skills in.
Finding a style that is right for you is paramount to what you are going to get from the service. Different Dietitians will approach your goals in different ways, from simply providing you with information to counselling you with how to make changes to the way you live.
It is important to determine whether your Dietitian’s philosophy matches your own. The best Dietitians keep up to date with the latest evidence-based information and are open-minded about nutrition.
About Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith has completed a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and post-graduate certification in Paediatric Nutrition. She is a qualified APD and maintains up to date registration with the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is also a registered Nutritionist.
Sarah’s experience base includes 15 years with a tertiary hospital, community work, establishment of a Day Program for Eating Disorders and private practise since 2012. She has completed research into children’s nutrition and eating disorders. Her experience has focussed on children (in all areas), eating disorders (of any age), and adult gut issues, FODMAPs, and weight management.
Sarah has completed post graduate training in counselling. She is able to explore underlying concerns that may be relevant, such as self-belief and body image. Her approach is individualised, which means she explores what is important to you as an individual. She then provides the advice and support you need.