Dietetics consultancy and private practice

From private practice to entrepreneur – the options are endless

What do Dietitians do?

Dietitians provide consultancy services to individuals, groups and organisations. This might include individual counselling, group programs, preventive health programs and nutrition education. Dietitians also prepare nutritional information for publication, work with the media and in public relations. A Dietitian with specialist expertise in particular areas of nutrition may act as a consultant to various government and non-government groups to assist in the development of resources and programs.

Where are the jobs?

    Dietitians can provide nutrition information to individuals or work as a consultant for health clubs, large companies or institutions. Some examples are included below:

    • large government and non-government organisations
    • food companies
    • hospitals (smaller ones), nursing homes/residential care centres
    • health clubs and spas
    • insurance companies
    • physician's offices
    • weight loss clinics
    • nursing homes (patient assessments and advice, menu evaluations as part of their accreditation process, group talks)
    • restaurants and catering services

Job titles to search

Lifestyle Health Consultant and Coach, Weight Loss Consultant, Corporate Nutritionist, Company Nutritionist, Private Practice Dietitian

Skills required for the job 

Dieitian consultants are required to have a broad understanding of nutrition and health.

With experience and ambition, there are opportunities for Dietitians to set up their own business or company.

Skills you should aim to develop include:

  • Teamwork, partnership & collaboration skills
  • Communication (e.g. people skills, relationship building)
  • Project management skills (e.g. organisation, time management, problem solving)
  • Influencing, negotiating and advocacy skills
  • Business acumen
  • Keen to improve the lives of others through health and nutrition

How to develop your skills

Sound business acumen and perhaps considering additional qualifications in business and/or management will aid succeed in this area.

Volunteer at the local government level or in a smaller community organisation as this will give you an opportunity to be exposed to health issues important to the community

Find a mentor

Volunteer in Nutrition focused Professional Organisations, e.g. Nutrition Australia, Dietitians Association Australia, Nutrition Society of Australia.

Join professional organisations, many offer a student rate for membership

Attend Professional organisation events or seminars and set yourself a goal to meet two new people every time you attend

When searching for a paid job, be strategic and look for one in your area of interest or one that will give you skills to stand out in your area of interest

When you meet new people tell them (confidently and succinctly) what you want to do when you graduate. You never know but they may have a contact that they can introduce you to now or sometime in the future.

What units or courses to study at Deakin

Master of Dietetics (required)

Recommended:

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (Health Care Management)

Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration

Accreditation as a Dietitian (APD)

You can become an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) once you have graduated and complete the provisional APD year.

Miscellaneous

Graduate profile: Name

Graduate profile video (2-3 minutes)

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