Reflections for the challenges of tomorrow : where we started

Ash, Susan (2013) Reflections for the challenges of tomorrow : where we started. In Tapsell, Linda (Ed.) Nutrition and Dietetics, Wiley-Blackwell, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia, p. 2.

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Dietetics in Australia commenced in the 1930’s, inspired by formation of the profession in Britain and the United States. Almost exclusively a female profession, its roots were in nursing management in Britain and food science and home economics in the US, incorporating the principles of food preparation and supply, food and medical science, public health, management, all based on principles of social justice. Victoria employed the first dietitian in 1929, followed by NSW in 1936. Right from the start there was rivalry between the two states over the standard of training, Victoria and later Western Australia, following a college based institutional management focus and NSW, university graduates in science. Both however were committed to the hospital internship as a prelude to safe practice. Soon after, professional associations arose independently in both states, the purpose being to promote appropriate standards in education and to define the level of training required to enter the profession, though it was not until 1950 that a national association was formed. Parallel to the establishment of dietetic training and professional activities, a number of significant public health and medical science initiatives influenced the scope of dietetic practice. The Commonwealth Government commissioned dietary surveys in Australian cities as well as remote communities of Aboriginal and Papuan peoples. Newly discovered components of a healthy diet provided the beginnings of nutrition policy. Pioneer dietitians were trailblazers, with few role models. Their influence ranged across Australia to the United Nations and WHO and we can learn much from their endeavour.

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ID Code: 66679
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Nutrition & Dietetics
Special Issue: Abstracts of the Dietitians Association of Australia 30th National Conference, 23–25 May 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Keywords: Dietetics
DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12033
ISSN: 1446-6368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia
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Deposited On: 28 Jan 2014 01:16
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2014 05:17

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