Differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
A dietitian is a health professional with expertise in the effects food and nutrition have on our health and well-being. Dietitians have an undergraduate science degree in human nutrition, a post-graduate Dietetics qualification and once qualified must continue to demonstrate they meet the standards required by the NZ Dietitians Board, under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. Read more
A nutritionist may also have expertise in the effects food and nutrition have on our health and well-being. Like dietitians, nutritionists work in a variety of settings but may not work in a clinical dietetic role in public hospitals. In New Zealand, to date, there is no legal regulation or control over the use of the title of Nutritionist. However the Nutrition Society of New Zealand maintains a register of nutritionists who meet their requirements and may call themselves a Registered Nutritionist. Read more