A Nutritionist will usually have completed a tertiary qualification in any number of fields, including nutrition, food science and public health. The main role of a nutritionist is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.
Nutritionists have expertise in a range of services including public health nutrition, community health and tertiary education related to nutrition. Nutritionists may design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a range of population health interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the population as a whole, through better food and nutrition.
Nutritionists may also work in a number of other roles including research, nutrition consultants and advisors, public health and health promotion officers, community development officers, quality and nutrition coordinators, food technologists, media spokespeople and more. Nutritionists are not qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy.
Both Nutritionists and Dietitians aim to assist in a person’s journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. The main difference between the two professions is that only a Dietitian (with an accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia) is qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy or clinical nutrition consultations in either an individual or group setting.
How do I become a Nutritionist?
There are many available courses that lead to this profession. Below is information about courses at Monash University.