Dietitians are one of a number of health professions regulated by the 16 Regulatory Authorities established under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act).
The principal purpose of the HPCA Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.
In order to practise as a Dietitian in New Zealand it is necessary to:
be registered by the Dietitians Board; and
hold a current practising certificate.
Registration concerns the approval of an application to register as a health practitioner in the profession, having the appropriate qualification, and being considered fit for registration and competent to practise (as required under section 15 of the HPCA Act).
Registration alone does not entitle a practitioner to legally practise dietetics.
A registered dietitian practising the profession of dietetics without a current practising certificate is grounds for disciplinary action.
Specifically, section 8 of the HPCA Act prohibits a registered dietitian from performing services which fall within the description of dietetics and requires that practise must be in accordance with the conditions on the practitioner’s scope of practise.
A practising certificate is about current entitlement to practise dietetics.
The Dietitians Board’s Prescribed Qualifications and Scope of Practice and Registration Competency Requirements outline both the entry level requirements and ongoing competency requirements for a Registered Dietitian.
New Zealand Graduates Australian Trained Dietitians
Overseas Trained Dietitians
Board Registration Examination