The Australian Dietary Guidelines for Fitness Professionals


    AU $119


    Dr Kate Marsh




    3 HOURS

    Course Type

    Licensed Course

    Course Overview

    The Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADGs) provide information about the types and amounts of foods, food groups and dietary patterns that aim to promote health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of diet-related conditions and chronic diseases in our population.

    If you are an Australian registered exercise professional (AusREP) it is important that you are familiar with the ADGs. Being familiar with the guidelines will ensure you are able to answer any nutrition-related questions from your clients without working outside of your scope of practice, and will know when to refer on to an appropriately qualified nutrition professional such as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) or Accredited Sports Dietitian (AccSD).

    This course explores the following topics:

    • Why AusREPs need to understand the ADGs.
    • What are the ADGs?
    • Why do we need dietary guidelines?
    • How the ADGs were developed.
    • Myths and facts about the ADGs.
    • An explanation of the five ADGs and how AusREPs can use them to provide nutrition education to their clients.
    • The Australian Guide to healthy eating including discussion of the five food groups and recommended serve sizes.
    • Where discretionary foods fit in a healthy diet.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion, course participants will:

    • Understand why they need to be familiar with the ADGs.
    • Explain how the ADGs fit into the scope of practice of AusREPs when it comes to providing nutrition advice.
    • Understand the role of the ADGs.
    • Understand how their ADGs were developed including their evidence base.
    • Be able to explain the five dietary guidelines and their relevance to AusREPs.
    • Be familiar with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and how it can be used for providing evidence-based nutrition advice for the general population.
    • Be aware of the range of educational resources based around the ADGs and Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, which can be used in providing nutrition advice to clients.
    • Understand when to refer clients to an APD or AccSD for individualised nutrition advice outside the scope of practice of an AusREP.

    About the Author

    Kate is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, with a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, a PhD in nutrition from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She works in private practice in Sydney and has a particular interest in diabetes. Kate is co-convenor of the DAA National Diabetes Interest Group, a board member of Diabetes Counselling Online, and a member of the Diabetes Australia Medical Education and Scientific Advisory Council (MESAC), the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Clinical Practice Committee and the Type 1 Diabetes Network Expert Advisory Board. She is also an editorial board member for Diabetes Management Journal, a member of the magazine editorial advisory group for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and a regular contributor to Diabetic Living Magazine.



    Access Period

    CEC Expiry Date: 04/03/2026. Lifetime access to course content. In order to obtain AUSactive CECs, this course must be completed by the CEC Expiry Date.

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