Nutritionists do not require formal training in order to call themselves a Nutritionist. Here are a few key points to consider when choosing a nutritionist to help you with your health goals and to ensure consistent, high quality and standard of practice.
What qualifications does your Nutritionist hold?
Nutritionists who hold a Bachelor in Health Sciences for Nutritional Medicine or Nutrition or masters degree have studied similar subjects to a dietitian. We have a high understanding of how food, supplements, and medication affects the body and how to treat disease.
Has the practitioner successfully completed clinical practice during their degree?
This gives you confidence that they have treated patients in a learning environment among highly qualified health professional.
Are they registered for insurance?
All practising nutritionist should hold professional indemnity insurance.
Are they registered with health associations?
Associations for Natural Therapies include ANTA (Association of Natural Therapies Australia) and NSA (Nutrition Society Australia)
How often do they partake in continuing education?
a minimum of 20 hours of Continued Professional Education (CPE) each year is required in order to continue practising as a clinical nutritionist.
Do you feel that can you be open, honest with and build a good rapport with the practitioner?
Just like going to the hairdresser, or doctor, you may want to try different nutritionists until you find one that suits you. As professionals, our goal is to best help you so if that means referring you to someone else better suited, we are happy to do so.
Is the coaching style is appropriate for you?
We all have different styles so this is about you. Whilst it's important to be open to trying new strategies, ask yourself if their coaching style is going to help you reach your goals? After all, new strategies might be exactly what you need if nothing else has worked so far - keep an open mind!