A day in the life of a health pro
Fancy a job in the growing health, fitness and beauty sectors? We talk to industry insiders to see what their day-to-day entails, why they love what they do and even how much they earn (cheeky but important).
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The dietitian: Lyndi Polivnick, The Nude Nutritionist
My life as a dietitian is a juggling act between seeing clients, educating children, writing articles, reviewing menus and researching nutrition. Dietitians help people lose weight, but we also work with people who have medical conditions such as IBS, coeliac disease, cancer and diabetes.
To become a dietitian, you need to complete a degree in dietetics that is approved by the Dietitians Association of Australia. The majority of dietetic courses will take you five years to complete and you can expect to spend at least 50 per cent of your first year and second year studying bioscience, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry. Once you have finished your studies, you may be eligible to become an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist.
Dietitians’ salaries are similar to that of other allied health professionals, nurses and teachers. New graduates can expect to earn around $38,000, while senior clinical dietitians have the capacity to earn $90,000.
I believe a good dietitian is empathetic, a great communicator, passionate and a good listener, helping clients make positive change. The most difficult client I ever had was also my favourite. After decades of yo-yo dieting and self-hate, she was 10kg overweight and deeply depressed. Together, we worked to change her relationship with food, lose weight and maintain a healthy, strong body. To this day, she is my most loyal supporter!
The most challenging part of my job is to constantly remain informed on the latest fad diet or health article. As a dietitian, it is essential to keep up to date with the latest research so I can provide the best advice and help facilitate change.
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