What is a Registered Dietitian?
Dietitians are qualified to address health concerns through evidence-based nutritional medicine. In New Zealand, a Dietitian is a registered health professional who holds a university qualification. Dietitians must be registered with the Dietitians Board and hold a current practicing certificate. Dietitians must meet strict requirements to maintain their professional development and are subject to regular audits. You can search to see if your dietitian is qualified here.
What is the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian?
The term nutritionist is not protected, there are no minimum requirements or qualifications. This means that a nutritionist may be someone with a PhD in an area of nutrition or someone without any formal qualifications.
Should i see a dietitian?
If you have a specific health condition or require individualised dietary advice, seek out help from a dietitian.
HOW CAN I SEE A DIETITIAN?
Dietitians work in a variety of different settings. Local District Health Boards offer dietetic services, speak to your GP to see if you qualify for these publically funded services. Alternatively, private practice and specialist dietitians are available in most areas in New Zealand. You can find a dietitian in your area here.