Paleo friendly Nutrition Courses - Australia

Commented on March 15, 2015
Created February 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I am looking at making a foray back into the world of the working after several years off at home with kids/renos. I figured as I was so passionate about nutrition and eating a biologically appropriate diet and helping to open people eyes to the truth about the same, getting a qualification to allow me to see clients might be an option.

However, it does appear that any "traditional" course will be in line with government recommended guidelines of eating, ie swapping a big bag of corn chips for a little one, etc.

This obviously brings up plenty of issues like if you are practicing and making recommendation outside of the guidelines then insurance won't cover you. For example I found a site for the Dietitians Association of Australia and the basically write off the paleo diet as it steers people away from "nutritious core foods such as breads and cereals, and dairy foods."

So in summary, if you want to give people nutrition advice you need a qualification so you can get insurance and charge them. This qualification needs to be recognized by the above DAA or similar. You will spend several to tens of thousands of dollars to get said qual BUT you will be learning "traditional" nutrition practices.

Has anybody in Australia considered this as a career option and found a way of getting around all the hogwash (without doing an online course from overseas which won't get recognized locally)?



on March 15, 2015
at 11:17 PM

I'm also keen to find a Nutrition Course that accepts and teaches Paleo pricipals.



on February 15, 2013
at 02:21 PM

Just thought I'd add: dietitians are recognized by Medicare (Australia government run health care system) and most private health funds whereas nutritionist are not. It would also appear the dietitians can "treat" medical conditions whereas nutritionist cannot.

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Courses listed here might be useful to you. http://www.ann.com.au/philosophy/nated.htm

Beyond that I can't I'm considering it. Could be doable though, I'd be interested in hearing how you get on if you pursue something like this :)

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