How to Become a Nutritionist in Australia

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14JUL

Over the last few decades, diet and nutrition have become pretty much hot topics – with information on nutrition appearing regularly in magazines and books, on television, and of course on the internet! This surge of interest in nutrition may have been triggered partly by the increase in obesity in western societies, and possibly partly by the desire of many people to simply be fitter and healthier throughout their lives, and to also provide their children with the best start.

This means that for someone considering a career in health and nutrition, there may be many potential employment and career opportunities available in a number of different fields in both the public and private sectors.

The need for professional nutritionists

Not all of the information on nutrition out there in the media is necessarily of the highest quality, and at times people complain that some of the information is confusing or even that it can seem to be downright contradictory!

On top of that, in Australia the nutritionist field is not regulated at this stage, which means that many unqualified people might call themselves nutritionists without having done the appropriate studies. This means that if you want to work as a nutritionist, it’s important that you become properly trained and qualified so that you can provide sound, quality, evidence-based advice and information to your clients – whether you end up working in the food industry, in your local community, in self-employment, or in the fitness industry.

How to qualify

Successful completion of a Bachelor of Health Science course can help kick start a career in health and nutrition. A course of this calibre gives you a sound understanding of biology, health principles, chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry and nutrition. Once the core units of your chosen course have been completed, you get to undertake several electives in order to qualify in your particular chosen stream.

Bachelor of Health Science careers may include:

  • Community health promotion and education.
  • Consultant nutritionist in a food business.
  • Recipe development for particular communities – such as aged care or childcare centres.
  • Running seminars on health and nutrition.
  • Consultant nutritionist role in a fitness centre.
  • Self-employment as a nutritionist and wellness coach.
  • Blogging or writing on health and nutrition topics.

ACPE’s Bachelor of Health Science courses are designed to give graduates a range of opportunities to work in the health and fitness sphere, with courses covering movement, dance, community health, health promotion, small business management, and epidemiology.

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