This section contains useful information for the public and media including what dietitians do, where to find credible healthy eating information and recent position statement and submissions made by Dietitians NZ. For individual advice on any nutrition-related issue make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your local area use our Find a Dietitian database.
Dietitians – What We Do
What is a Dietitian?
Dietitians are registered health practitioners who evaluate scientific evidence about food and nutrition, and translate it into practical strategies. New Zealand dietitians work in partnership with individuals, whanau, communities and populations, in states of health and disease, to support optimal health and well-being.
Dietitians use their dietetic knowledge, skill and judgement in a variety of contexts, which includes promoting and protecting public health, directing and delivering medical nutrition therapy services, and managing food and health systems. They may perform a variety of functions, including policy development, leadership, management, research, education, and communication roles.
Scope of Practice for Dietitians, Gazetted by the Dietitians Board, April 2017
Dietitian and Nutritionist – what is the difference?
Dietitian – The term dietitian is a protected term. A dietitian is a registered health professional who meets standards required by the Dietitians Board and has both an undergraduate science degree in human nutrition and a post-graduate qualification in dietetics. To practise in New Zealand, a dietitian must, by law, be registered with the Dietitians Board and hold a current practising certificate. The Dietitians Board protects the health and safety of the New Zealand public under the Health Practitioners Competency Act (HPCA) 2003, by ensuring that every dietitian working in New Zealand is fit to practice and meets standards of professionalism. In New Zealand dietitians are the only nutrition health profession to be regulated by law. Dietitians work in a variety of settings from hospitals, the community, public health, food service, sports, education, research, media and the food industry. The Dietitians Board regulates the dietetic profession and only those on the Register can call themselves a dietitian and practise as a dietitian. For more information about how to practice legally as a dietitian in New Zealand visit their website: http://www.dietitiansboard.org.nz/ or click here to use the Register search functions to check your nutrition health professional is registered with the Dietitians Board and has a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).
Nutritionist – The term nutritionist is not a protected term, there is no specific qualification or statutory legislation that regulates that profession and therefore the title can be used freely by anyone. This could range from someone with a PHD in a specialty area of nutrition to someone with no formal training. The Nutrition Society has a programme for registration of nutritionists where a set criteria must be met to achieve registration status. Nutritionists can be an associate member of Dietitians NZ if they hold a scientific qualification in human nutrition approved by Dietitians NZ or occupy a prominent position in work or research relating to nutrition or dietetics.
Dietitians NZ Position Statements
Dietitians NZ release Position Statements on issues that impact the nutritional status, health and wellbeing of the New Zealand public. Position Statements are based on the organisation’s stance on a particular issue and are developed with the input of members.
Dietitians NZ Submissions
Dietitians NZ contribute to the development of submissions on issues of relevance to our members and to the wider food, nutrition and health.
We generally establish a working group to develop each submission. This is often a special interest group or a select working party of members who have expertise in the area. All submissions have input from National Office and are signed by of the Dietitians NZ CEO.
See below for our 2018 submissions:
See below for our 2017 submissions:
Dietitians NZ Facebook Group Forum
Dietitians NZ has developed this group as a medium to facilitate thoughtful discussion, networking and raise awareness of professional development events for nutrition colleagues.
Admission to the Group is at the discretion of the administrators.
*For the purpose of this Facebook Group a nutrition professional is classified as an individual who is currently studying towards or has attained a tertiary qualification in nutrition and/or dietetics.
Eating and Activity Guidelines – Ministry of Health
The following resources provide evidence-based guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for various age and population groups in New Zealand. For individual advice on any nutrtion-related issue make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your local area use our Find a Dietitian database.
Eating and Drinking Information
The following websites provide up-to-date and credible information to help you eat well. For individual advice on any nutrtion-related issue make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your local area use our Find a Dietitian database.
Diabetes New Zealand
Diabetes New Zealand’s mission is to provide support for all New Zealanders with diabetes, or at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to live full and active lives. Visit the Food and Nutrition section on their website to find out more about healthy eatng and diabetes.
The Health Navigator website provides one place for New Zealanders to find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-care resources. It focuses on promoting clear, consistent messages that enable users to get the information they need at the time they need it. Visit their Eating and Drinking section to find out about the impact food and drink has on our general health, immune system and risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and how to create a balanced diet that gives you all the energy, vitamins and minerals you need to live well and be healthy.
The Nutrition Foundation provide accurate information about food and nutrition to help New Zealanders to make the best choices for a healthy lifestyle. Visit their website to view facts and figures on a wide range of nutrition topics. All of the information on their website has been written by degree-qualified nutritionists and reviewed by the Foundation’s expert scientific advisers.
The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables
These Concise Tables contain data on key nutrients for commonly consumed foods and are ideal for quick reference.
e-Bulletin for Aged Care Facilities ‘Talk with’ Series
The ‘Talk with’ Series is produced by Dietitians NZ Special Interest in Gerontology (SING) group to share evidenced-based food and nutrition information with aged care facilitates. For individualised advice for your aged care facility contact a Registered Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your local area use our Find a Dietitian database.
Emergency Survival Nutrition Information
Good planning is essential to eating well at any time, therefore it is important to put some forethought into planning the foods in your survival kit.
Please find attached some useful information to consider when putting the survival kit together.
Information for the Media
Dietitians NZ is keen to contribute to food and nutrition stories in the media and have media dietitians available to answer your queries.
All initial media enquiries should be sent to:
Dietitians NZ Media Dietitian
(09) 550 6698
Dietitians NZ Media Special Interest Group Convenor
027 435 238
They will find you a media dietitian with expertise on the topic you are covering.
See below a link for of our media kit, which includes information on Dietitians NZ, what a dietitian is and where to find us on Twitter and Instagram.
Nutrition App Reviews
The following Nutrition Apps have been reviewed by a Registered Dietitian. For individual advice on any nutrition-related issue make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your local area use our Find a Dietitian database.