The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the leading nutrition organisation in Australia representing more than 6,300 members. It is a not-for-profit organisation that provides professional support to members and advocates for their contribution to better nutrition and health for all Australians.
The DAA Vision is to provide leadership in dietetics, food and nutrition for healthier people and healthier nations.
DAA is the peak body of dietetic and nutrition professionals providing strategic leadership in food and nutrition and advancing the professional interests of our members.
The DAA works closely with its members to advocate and provide a voice for Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) and the dietetic profession. A key focus is promoting the important role of APDs in helping manage disease and improving the nutritional status and wellbeing of Australians. The DAA is heavily involved in campaigning to raise the awareness of the importance of nutrition as a crucial means of preventing ill-health and addressing key public health issues.
Dietetics is a self-regulated profession. The Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program is the credentialing program for dietitians managed by Dietitian Association of Australia. The APD program is a way for consumers and other stakeholders to recognise professionals with qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice in a safe and evidence based way. More information is available in the APD program handbook. Accredited Practising Dietitians are required to complete 30 hours of continuing professional development each year.
Completion of the credentialing program as an Accredited Practising Dietitian is a requirement to provide government-funded services for Medicare, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and NDIS. Additionally, private healthcare funds also require that the dietitian is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for service fees to be reimbursed.