Mutual Recognition: A Win for Australian and Canadian Dietitians
  • Country – Australia

    The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is thrilled to have signed a charter with the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies to commence mutual recognition. The charter to mutually recognise dietetics credentials between the two countries became effective from 1 July 2012.
     
    Mutual recognition will offer wonderful professional opportunities for dietitians in both countries, and provides another opportunity for DAA and our Canadian colleagues to collaborate. The mutual recognition charter has been signed by all Canadian provincial regulatory bodies, except Quebec due to the French language proficiency requirement.
     
    Dietetics in both countries is similar in quality and practice. But due to differences in dietetic education and registration systems, it had been difficult for Australian-qualified Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) to have their credentials recognised in Canada. Now it will be much easier!
     
    The path to mutual recognition
     
    DAA and the Alliance have been working together on mutual recognition for more than four years. These kinds of negotiations are typically complex and lengthy, involving a lot of time and effort on both sides. This makes achieving mutual recognition even more exciting!
     
    DAA is grateful to all those who have been involved, from both countries, in the negotiations to get to this point. Funds provided by Australia’s Queensland State Government in 2008 meant formal discussions around mutual recognition were able to commence, after first being flagged with Dietitians of Canada (DC) as far back as 1999.
     
    This builds on DAA’s successful mutual recognition charter with the New Zealand Dietitians Board.
     
    Strengthening dietetics in Australia
     
    In recent years, a number of initiatives have further strengthened DAA’s position as a leading international dietetic body and contributed to the Association’s ability to negotiate mutual recognition agreements. These include:

    • The introduction of the provisional APD year
    • A more rigorous process of dietetic skills recognition
    • A more transparent and rigorous dietetic education accreditation
    • The revision of Australia’s National Competency Standards and Range of Variables Guide.

     
    Why pursue mutual recognition agreements?
     
    DAA views the activities associated with mutual recognition as important for:

    • Sharing information 
    • Benchmarking (such as education and professional development, accreditation and credentialing systems)
    • Facilitating international workforce mobility and career enhancement.

     
    We look forward to pursuing the opportunities that have now opened for both Australian and Canadian credentialed dietitians.
     
    Further information on mutual recognition is available on the DAA website: www.daa.asn.au > Universities & Recognition of Qualifications > Recognition of Dietetic Qualifications > Mutual recognition.
     
    Maree Hall
    mhall@daa.asn.au