Published on March 11, 2008
A Career in Dietetics: A Career in Dietetics Fiona Ryley Community & Sports Dietitian (APD) What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?: What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian? ‘An Accredited Practising Dietitian is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and is a recognised professional who has the qualifications to interpret and communicate the science of nutrition to enable one to make informed and practical changes about food and lifestyle in both health and disease’ Timeline: Timeline 1999- Completed Yr 12 2000- 1st Year Bachelor of Biomedical Science 2001- 2nd Year Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics 2002- 2003- Completed Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics 2004- 1st year working 2005- 2nd year working 1st Year Working: 1st Year Working Caulfield Community Health Service Private Practice- Doncastor & Footscray Completed Sports Dietetics Course at VIS and Sports Anthropometry Course Worked with VFL Coburg Tigers End of 2004- Worked at Inner South Community Health Service 2nd Year Working: 2nd Year Working Caulfield Community Health Service Inner South Community Health Service Victorian Institute of Sport SND (Hockey, Rowing, Cricket) How Did I Get My Jobs?: How Did I Get My Jobs? Caulfield Community Health Service Inner South Community Health Service Coburg Football Club Victorian Institute of Sport How Do I Apply Knowledge of Science In My Job?: How Do I Apply Knowledge of Science In My Job? Everyday! Every client I see! Dietary advice has to given in consideration the effect of that food on client’s body, taking into consideration all medical conditions/history, medications Interpreting biochemistry Looking at hydration/carbohydrate and rates of absorption Using clinical studies/journals for best practice A Career in Dietetics: A Career in Dietetics A degree in dietetics allows you to have many different types of jobs: Clinical Community Sports Industry & Marketing Private Practice Project Officer How did I decide? Community Dietitian @ Caulfield Community Health Service: Community Dietitian @ Caulfield Community Health Service Outreach Dietitian 1:1 consultations with all adults referred on a range of nutrition related conditions and diseases eg: Wt loss or recent loss of weight Heart disease Diabetes Gastrointestinal problems Modified textured diet General healthy eating and meal preparation advice Working with people from SRS’s, Rooming houses (drug and alcohol issues, mental and physical disabilities, instable housing etc) Community Dietitian @ Caulfield Community Health Service: Community Dietitian @ Caulfield Community Health Service Health Promotion activities with outreach populations: Meal Deal Menu planning within SRS’s Food Security Working Parties in local council Development of EFR guide Other health promotion activities include: Healthy eating and lifestyle group 4 x year Conducting nutritional risk screening for staff Conducting evaluations of program (e.g Meal Deal) Supervision of 4th year dietetic students Conducting talks to different populations and organisations in the community Up-skilling of CCHS staff Policy and resource development to improve quality of nutrition service (service review) Community Dietitian @ Inner South Community Health Service : Community Dietitian @ Inner South Community Health Service 1:1 consultations with ages 0- 65 (including children) on a range of nutrition related conditions and diseases Mainly working with mental health clients who have significant weight gain from psychotropic medications General healthy eating, menu planning, life skills Educating staff on ‘nutritional risk screening’ Development of nutrition resources (eg. Mental health nutrition manual) Development and maintenance of nutritional social marketing strategies Sports Dietitian @ VIS: Sports Dietitian @ VIS Presenting talks on various topics to assist with maximising health, performance and recovery during professional sport for players, coaches and parents Women’s hockey Talent Search rowing (mixed) Women’s cricket Coaches nutrition lunch Development of education material Consulting on food provided at team dinners/social occasions/ after training/before during and after games Plans for the Future- Where Dietetics Can Take You…….: Plans for the Future- Where Dietetics Can Take You……. Whistler, Canada Currently trying to seek connections to work with professional skiers and snowboarders UK Work to earn money for travel Just had HPC papers approved Am currently investigating locum companies Career goals when I get back? Who knows? My Advice: My Advice Try to observe what a Dietitian does in a range of settings to gain a understanding of different types of jobs Don’t rule out anything! All experience is a learning experience Try to keep as many doors open in your 1st years working Always network where you can Be enthusiastic Be willing to volunteer for sports things in the sports area initially- Join SDA Find someone you trust as a mentor to ask all your dumb questions- you don’t learn if you don’t ask Learn from your mistakes and think about how you will do things differently next time If you don’t like working with people- don’t do dietetics! Any Questions?: Any Questions?