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DAA Appoints Advanced Credentials

Advanced leaders in nutrition appointed

Australia’s peak nutrition body has recently awarded the Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) credential to six of the country’s leading dietitians. The AdvAPD program is a process for formally recognising APDs who are professional leaders in their field of nutrition and dietetics. This program was developed in response to requests from members of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) for formal recognition of their high- level knowledge and skills. The program shows how DAA strives for and achieves high-level practice, reinforcing the Association’s position as the leader in nutrition and dietetics in Australia.

The highly-regarded credential, which is endorsed by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), recognises proactive leaders who integrate high-level nutrition and dietetic skills to influence the health of the community.

DAA President Liz Kellett welcomed these six leaders who join almost 100 other dietitians, or around two per cent of the DAA membership, who have previously been awarded the AdvAPD credential.

‘These inspiring dietitians are role models in the profession of nutrition and dietetics and we are pleased to be able to formally recognise their outstanding professional achievements,’ said Ms Kellett.

The six newly-appointed AdvAPDs are:

  • Kim Crawley, Senior Nutritionist, Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Dr Susan De Jersey, Senior Dietitian Nutritionist Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Visiting Research Fellow Queensland University of Technology
  • Phillip Juffs, Dietitian Team Leader Food Service, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
  • Marie-Claire O’Shea, Private Practitioner and Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Griffith University
  • Tania Passingham, Professional Services Manager, Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Wendy Swan, Manager Nutrition and Dietetics, Goulburn Valley Health and Consultant Dietitian to Shepparton Private Hospital.

‘The AdvAPD credential is an important recognition of my contribution to the dietetics profession across a broad range of competencies.

‘Being awarded AdvAPD status formalises my high level of leadership and expertise in the area of maternal nutrition and chronic disease prevention during the reproductive years including teaching, mentoring, research, and strategic activities,’ said Dr De Jersey of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

 

‘It is an honour to be recognised by my peers for having advanced skills in clinical leadership, influence, mentoring, evaluation and professional competence. As a rural dietitian, gaining the AdvAPD credential is not only personally rewarding, but also validates the diverse role played by dietitians working in rural and regional areas,’ said Ms Swan of Goulburn Valley Health.

DAA President Ms Kellett said AdvAPDs work in diverse areas of practice including private practice, industry, public health, food service dietetics, community nutrition and clinical dietetics.

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