Professional associations

Professional associations are a great way to keep abreast of current trends, information and other developments in your area of interest!

Importantly, many offer reduced membership rates for students and joining as a student member not only gives you the edge once you start seeking graduate positions but it also looks great on your resume.

Most professional associations offer a range of services and information essential to your professional development. Benefits of joining relevant professional associations include:

  • subscriptions to professional resources, journals and other publications
  • opportunity for a professional listing on their website
  • development of your professional network
  • access to:
    • events, workshops, professional development and training seminars
    • online discussion forums
    • industry and graduate jobs listings
    • e-newsletters
    • their libraries and bookshops
    • e-learning opportunities
    • the latest industry and labour market information
    • current information on policy and other developments affecting your industry
    • career information

Some professional associations also offer student members opportunities for:

  • mentoring
  • vacation work programs
  • study tips and assistance
  • employer profiles

Professional associations worth investigating

Nutrition Society of Australia
Peak body for Australian nutrition-related sciences and industries whose focus is mutual scientific support of members and the science of nutrition. Members include qualified, practising scientists and educators from diverse disciplines who are brought together by a common interest in the research and application of nutrition.

Nutrition Australia
An independent, member organisation that aims to promote the health and well-being of all Australians. Members include the general public and some of Australia's most influential food and nutrition experts, together making Nutrition Australia a key nutrition voice in Australia today.

Deakin University Postgraduate Nutrition LinkedIn groupExtend your professional network and gain potential work opportunities by connecting with fellow Deakin University Postgraduate Nutrition students, graduates and staff on the 'social network' of choice for professionals.

Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology
The leading independent qualifying body for food professionals in Australia and the only professional body in Australia concerned with all aspects of food science and technology.

Australian Health Promotion Association
Australia's peak health promotion body, the Australian Health Promotion Association is the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

Public Health Association of Australia
The principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia. Works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians seeking better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.

World Public Health Nutrition Association
Worldwide professional association that brings together people with a common interest in promoting and improving public health nutrition by working to ensure that in all possible circumstances, adequate nourishing food is available to and affordable by all.

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society A scientific organisation of medical practitioners, dietitians, scientists and other health care professionals interested obesity research, treatment or public health initiatives directed at the prevention of obesity.

Dietitians Association of Australia
The peak body of dietetic and nutrition professionals providing strategic leadership in food and nutrition and advancing the professional interests of its members.

Sports Dietitians of Australia
Peak body for Dietitians specialising in the field of sports nutrition.

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