Dietetics consultancy and private practice
From private practice to entrepreneur – the options are endless
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.
- 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
Dietitians can provide nutrition information to individuals or work as a consultant for health clubs, large companies or institutions. Some examples are included below:
Lifestyle Health Consultant and Coach, Weight Loss Consultant, Corporate Nutritionist, Company Nutritionist, Private Practice Dietitian
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
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.
Master of Dietetics (required)
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (Health Care Management)
Graduate Certificate of Business Administration
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration
You can become an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) once you have graduated and complete the provisional APD year.
Graduate profile: Name
Graduate profile video (2-3 minutes)