What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)?

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. APDs are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information, in line with DAA Professional Standards.

APDs are trained to assess nutritional needs. They also assist people to manage health conditions and diseases using food as Medical Nutrition Therapy. APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerance’s, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity.

APDs can help with everyday healthy eating by translating scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice. APDs:

  • Assess individual nutritional needs
  • Develop personalised eating plans
  • Develop medical nutrition therapy plans
  • Deliver group nutrition education sessions
  • Sort out nutrition fact from fiction
  • Undertake nutrition and food research
  • Train health care professionals
  • Develop nutrition communications, programs and policies

APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law. Medicare and most private health funds will provide rebates for visits to private APDs.

(information sourced directly from the Dietitians Association of Australia website)

Why Should I See An APD?

Our goal at CCAHN is to ensure that all Central Coast residents can access Dietetic services in order to ensure optimal health outcomes. Optimum Intake Dietitians are a well established local service with a focus on increasing access to private home based dietetics services, reducing waiting times and increasing the level of support provided. Our main focus for home visits is geared towards those who have difficulties arranging transport, the elderly, those with disabilities, individuals whose schedules conflict with our current clinic days. You will receive that extra personalised service where your dietitian will provide in home educations, meal plans based on the food stores in your cupboard, meal preparation demonstrations or family based recipe modifications and much more!

Common requests for at home assessments include:

  • weight loss,
  • decreased oral intake,
  • malnutrition,
  • texture modified/thickened fluids,
  • tube feedings,
  • estimating fluid and calorie requirements,
  • supplement selection,
  • diabetes control
  • food intolerances.

Research has shown that individualised, home based nutrition counselling by an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) improves functional status, nutrition status, energy intake and protein intake as well as reducing risk of hospital readmission, mortality and reliance on social services. Regular follow up with an APD also doubles the rate of compliance with dietary plans and nutritional supplementation regimes.

Conditions Treated

APDs can assist in the prevention and management of many health conditions, providing support for those with:

  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer and cancer treatment recovery
  • Mental health conditions
  • Asthma
  • Frail and aged
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Head and neck surgery/radiation treatment
  • Chronic airway limitation (CAL)/ Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

What to Expect if I See an APD

As part of the service, individuals will receive a one on one session with a Dietitian in the comfort of their own home, removing the need to arrange transport and travel to an office. During this session the Dietitian will conduct a comprehensive dietary assessment and prepare a suitable nutrition plan designed specifically to achieve their health goals while acknowledging their individual preferences and cooking abilities.

The referring GP and care team will then receive a report outlining the results of the assessment and treatment plan. After the assessment, individuals are then closely monitored to ensure their goals are being achieved.

We are approved providers of:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan
  • Registered for Private Health Fund Rebates

Clients can receive Private Health Fund, DVA and Medicare rebates where eligible. Check with your GP or health fund for details