Healthy Plate is a locally owned and operated dietetic service based in Albury NSW. Health is not just about absence of disease or the number on the scales, as the World Health Organisation so rightly summarises: health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being”. While clinical indicators such as cholesterol, blood glucose, heart rate and blood pressure do have their place; we also need to consider things like our sleep, mood, energy, passions and social life. Finding a nice balance of all these things is what Healthy Plate is all about.
At Healthy Plate we know everyone is different and we work with our clients one on one to help find the right approach for them. Our aim is to help you develop your knowledge and skills to make informed choices that affect your health, now and in the future.
We want our clients to be comfortable and at ease when they come to see us. If you don’t want to do measurements or jump on the scales, that’s absolutely fine. Our work is client centred, that means you have the reins, we’re there for what you need and want to achieve and how you feel best doing that.
Your health is not something you want advice about from just anyone. With many things in life, seek out the person that best meets your needs and has the appropriate qualifications. If you need to install lighting in your house, you call a licenced electrician and if you’ve got a detailed tax return to lodge, you seek out an accountant who specialises in tax.
In Australia there is a distinction between dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field, including nutritionists. All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
Dietitians in Australia who meet strict criteria are eligible to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program. APD is a protected title and the only credential for dietitians that is recognised by Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and many private health insurers. A dietitian can help with a range of health concerns and prevention including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerances, disordered eating as well as weight management.
Dietitians are tertiary qualified to provide a range of evidence based services related to nutrition, public health nutrition, policy & research and community health. Within this, dietitians have training to provide individual dietary counselling, medical nutrition therapy, group dietary therapy and food service management. Studying to be a dietitian includes substantial theory as well as supervised and assessed professional placements in a range of settings.
A nutritionist is a professional that can have varying levels of education and knowledge areas. There is no industry specific authority that assesses the qualifications of nutritionists. If you are seeing a nutritionist, make sure to check their qualifications; how long did they study, where did they study, what was in the curriculum and does it seem evidence based? Nutritionists can be a terrific resource depending on your needs, although you won’t find them working in hospitals.