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What is a Dietitian and why do we need them?


What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are expert in human nutrition. They are licensed to diagnose and treat nutritional disorders. There are registered dietitians (RD) who have fulfilled the academic and professional requirements of dietetics and have undergone internship at a healthcare centre, just as training to be a medical doctor.

In Australia, Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APD) gain their qualifications by taking university courses which are accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

At Castle Medical Centre, brilliant dietitians work in collaboration with other members of a medical team to diagnose and treat nutritional disorders in patients suffering from a range of medical conditions. There is now a growing number of dietitians that work in sports nutrition, journalism, and food industry settings.



How are Dietitians Classified?

Dietitians are categorized based on the work settings and the age group they specialize in treating. This classifies dietitians into the following:


Community Dietitians

These dietitians work in public health agencies, home care agencies and wellness programs to educate the community on healthy nutrition. Their jobs also include paying home visits and giving health education and nutritional treatment to individuals who are too physically ill to walk into health centres.


Clinical Dietitians             

Clinical dietitians work in hospitals, health centres, and nursing homes to provide nutritional support and treatment to individuals with a variety of medical conditions. Clinical dietitians work as part of a medical team providing specialized treatment to patients. They review the patient’s nutritional needs in concert with the treating physicians and other members of the team. They institute diet plans to combat unhealthy weight gain and promote weight loss in patients who are obese.


Food Service Dietitians

Food service dietitians plan, asses, and regulate feeding services in company cafeteria, prisons, restaurants, and schools. They ensure food provided in these facilities meet nutritional requirements of those being fed.


Paediatric Dietitians

Paediatric dietitians provide nutritional support for infants, older children, and adolescents. They also initiate nutritional treatment plan for children with childhood obesity to effect a healthy weight loss strategy.


Neonatal Dietitians

In most hospitals, Neonatal dietitians work as part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit medical team, providing nutritional support for critically ill and premature new-borns. They also provide breastfeeding guidelines and regulate food services in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit


Gerontological Dietitians

These dietitians specialize in meeting the nutritional needs of the aged. They may work in hospitals or health agencies focused on the care of the aged.


Administrative Dietitians

These work as dietetic managers, working as part of the administrative department of hospitals, government agencies, and companies to regulate food services, make policies, and initiate programs which serve to ensure the nutritional requirements of people are met.

Other types of dietitians include business dietitians, research dietitians, and dietitians who specialize in providing nutritional support for specific group of patients. Example of these is renal dietitians



Why do we need Dietitians?

As noted above, dietitians are experts in food and human nutrition. Their roles are noted in their various classes mentioned above, in summary we need dietitians for the following reasons;

  • Diagnosing nutrition disorders and assessing the nutritional status of patients in a hospital setting.
  • Educating patients on healthy nutrition and special diet modifications.
  • They monitor and regulate foodservices in companies, schools, and prisons to ensure food served meets nutritional standards.
  • Assessing the nutritional status of a community and providing appropriate and healthy nutritional guidelines.
  • Provide nutritional strategies to combat childhood obesity, curbing unhealthy weight gain in children.
  • Combating nutritional public health epidemics such as obesity through nutritional policies and research, providing guidelines for achieving weight loss.
  • Working with food companies to develop products and provide research regarding unhealthy foods
  • Providing nutritional support for patients who develop weight loss from chronic diseases



Our dietitan Elda Pinto specialises in Weight Management, Chronic Diseases, Gastrointestinal issues including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Coeliac disease, Food allergies and intolerances. If you are looking for a dietitian in the Castle Hill or the Hills District, whether it is around Kellyville, Cherry Brook, Dural, Pennant Hill or the surround areas, consider Castle Medical. Book an appointment with us today.


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