40 years of DAA
  • In 2016, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is excited to be celebrating 40 years - and we have lots to celebrate!  DAA strives for leadership in dietetics, food and nutrition for healthier people and healthier nations. As the peak body of dietetic and nutrition professionals in Australia, we are proud to currently represent more than 5,800 members ranging from student members through to Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians (AdvAPDs) and Fellows of DAA (FDAA).

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     One of DAA’s greatest achievements over the past 40 years is the development of the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program – a credentialing program ensuring that dietitians participate in regular continuing professional development (CPD), abide by DAA’s Code of Professional Conduct, and new in 2016 – are demonstrating recency of practice. The APD credential is the only credential for Australian dietitians that is recognised by the Australian Government (for Medicare purposes) – reiterating APDs as the experts in nutrition and dietary advice.
    Other achievements include our Corporate Partnership Program – allowing DAA to increase its capacity to provide accurate and practical nutrition information to the Australian public and support public nutrition education programs. Established in 1990, the successful Corporate Partnership Program provides DAA the best opportunity to inform the Australian public regarding health and nutrition, and to influence the food supply for the better.
    Since 1999, DAA has also run the invaluable Spokespersons Program, which ensures highly-skilled, media-trained dietitians are available around the country to represent DAA in the media. DAA Spokespeople are experts in a range of areas from obesity, allergy and intolerance, women’s and children’s health – and ensure that nutrition information in the public arena is accurate and informative.
    DAA’s Nutrition & Dietetics is Australia’s leading peer-review journal in its field and continues to provide dietitians and the international research community with evidence-based information – all available online. Our Editorial Board is dedicated to publishing relevant and quality research on a quarterly basis via Wiley Online Library.
    These are just a few of the things we are celebrating this year. Keep an eye out for our new website and new DAA and APD logos, which we’ll be launching this year. We are also hosting two special events in 2016 – Dietitians Day 2016 and National Conference 2016 – both of which will provide an opportunity to celebrate 40 years of DAA!
    Dietitians Day 2016
    On March 11, 2016, DAA hosts its third Dietitians Day in 2016 – a day to celebrate all that is great about being a dietitian. This year we are encouraging dietitians to meet up socially in their local area with friends and colleagues (and to even make new dietetic connections). With a focus on being social and networking – we hope that dietitians share in the success of DAA and celebrate their own achievements on this special day. 
    National Conference 2016 – On Track for the Future
    40 year celebrations will continue in Melbourne with DAA’s 33rd National Conference being held from 19-21 May 2016. DAA is hosting the largest and most comprehensive DAA National Conference ever, embracing the strengths of dietetics in Victoria – and also across the country.

    For more information on any of DAA’s above mentioned achievements, or our 40 year celebrations, please contact nationaloffice@daa.asn.au
    Natalie Latham APD
    Communications Dietitian
    Dietitians Association of Australia