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Sports Nutrition

What’s the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?

Many different courses provide qualifications in nutrition. In Australia, there is no government regulation over the use of terms such as ‘dietitian’ or ‘nutritionist’. However, professional bodies such as the Dietitians Association of Australia and Nutrition Australia provide criteria for professional membership. Members of Nutrition Australia typically have tertiary qualifications in areas such as nutrition, food science and public health. Dietitians have tertiary qualifications in similar areas as well as dietetics. Dietitians have completed substantial professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management. Dietitians are qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy or clinical nutrition consultations in individual and group settings.

Sports Dietitians at the AIS are all Accredited Practicing Dietitians and Accredited Sports Dietitians.

How do I become a sports dietitian?

Refer to our Careers page.

How can I get work experience in sports nutrition?

Refer to our Careers page.

Can you help me do an assignment?

Unfortunately we cannot provide assistance to complete school or university assignments. The following resources may of assistance:

• National Sports Information Centre
• Sports Dietitians Australia

Can I get testing done?

The AIS generally only tests athletes affiliated with National Sporting Organisations. By arrangement the Nutrition Department occasionally conducts fee-for-service commercial testing for outside groups and organisations. Enquiries should be directed to the Australian Sports Commission Sports Camps division.

Do you offer private consults?

Private nutrition consults are not available at the AIS. Look for an Accredited Sports Dietitian or Accredited Practicing Dietitian in your area.

How do I know if a supplement is safe?

All supplements pose some risk. To make informed decisions about the level of risk presented by supplements:

• check your NSO’s Supplement Policy
• check compliance with the WADA code via GlobalDro
• consult the AIS Sports Supplement Framework
• check for independent testing by companies such as Informed Sport, HASTA and NSF

Will you endorse my product?

AIS Nutrition consider partnerships with companies interested in developing quality products to benefit athletes. To find out about sponsorship opportunities at the AIS contact the Sponsorship and Business Development team.



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