Frequently Asked Questions
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For more information visit our ‘What We Do’ page. For more specific questions read below.
What is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian?
An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is a professional qualification awarded to individuals that have studied an approved Nutrition and Dietetics degree. APD’s are evidenced-based health professionals responsible for translating health and nutrition research into practice. In order to become an APD, individuals must successful complete tertiary education in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The Dietetics Association of Australian (DAA) is the governing body which awards an APD status to each individual upon completion of tertiary studies. This organisation is responsible for ensuring a high standard of practice as each member is required to complete on-going nutrition training and education. This ongoing training ensures APD’s remain up to date with the current nutrition evidence and efficiently translates this information into real and practical information for the public.
“A dietitian is a person with a qualification in nutrition and dietetics recognised by national authority[s]. The dietitian applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of groups of people and individuals in health and disease.”
Accepted by 34 dietetic association members of the ICDA on May 29th 2004, Chicago
– Revised June 2015
APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law. Medicare and most private health funds will provide rebates for visits to private APDs.
What is a nutritionist?
A nutritionist is a tertiary qualified nutrition professional that has the expertise to provide a range of evidence-based nutrition services related to nutrition, public health nutrition, policy and research, and community health. Accredited Practicing Dietitians can also work in public health and in a community setting as a nutritionist but not all nutritionists are dietitians as there is no authority that assesses the qualifications of nutritionists who are not dietitians.
Does QCWA fund Country Kitchens?
The QCWA Country Kitchens program is a Queensland Government funded initiative targeted at improving the lifestyle behaviours of Queenslanders.
What is the aim of the QCWA Country Kitchens Program?
The QCWA Country Kitchens program aims to improve vegetable consumption, food literacy and capacity to promote health in communities across Queensland. Using a variety of strategies in partnership with the QCWA Branch members, communities have access to community activities involving interactive cooking classes, demonstrations, showcases that are always fun and sure way to meet new friends.
I am interested in holding an event, how do I join?
We think it is fabulous you wish to hold an event, the best way to do this is to contact QCWA Country Kitchens team. We have over 150 QCWA Branch Facilitators who are ready and willing to plan an event in their community, drop us a line and we shall put you in touch.
What is a QCWA Country Kitchens Branch Facilitator?
A QCWA Country Kitchens Branch Facilitator is a volunteer from one of our 240 branches across Queensland. The role of the facilitator is to engage with the local community to ensure the Country Kitchens program and the 5 key messages are promoted to the local community and members continue to be inspired to cook and eat healthy food.
The contribution of each facilitator is vital to getting the message about healthy cooking and eating out into the community and we would love to have you on board.
How do I become a QCWA Country Kitchens Branch Facilitator?
To become a facilitator get in contact with us as we would love to have more facilitators on board. If you have a passion for healthy lifestyles, love having fun and enjoy meeting new friends then Country Kitchens is for you. We support all QCWA members to get involved and share their enthusiasm to reduce the risk of chronic diseases in women, children and their families.
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