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Natural Health Careers: Nutritional Medicine

Nutritional medicine draws on a holistic approach to healing which takes into account the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Nutritional Medicine examines how diet affects health and wellbeing through the quality of food as well as its preparation, and the balance of macro and micro nutrients needed by a client at various stages of their life. 

Nutritional Medicine practitioners provide dietary advice to clients and prescribe nutritional supplements to assist in the treatment of a broad range of health conditions.

Career snapshot

Employment prospects for natural health practitioners are tipped to grow very strongly up to 2017, according to respected federal government initiative Job Outlook. The Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia backed this trend, with the majority of its members predicting industry growth over the next three years.

41% of nutritional medicine practitioners surveyed by Endeavour own and operate their own clinic.

Job hotspots

Clinical Nutritionist

Many nutritional medicine practitioners choose to treat clients in their own clinic or work from a multi modality clinic, health food store, pharmacy or hospital in consultation with other registered health care providers. This typically involves consulting with individuals on their health and dietary habits to assess potential nutritional deficiencies and prescribe nutrition plans and supplements.

Corporate health coach

Nutritional medicine practitioners have built strong careers by consulting to corporate businesses to support the health and wellbeing of their employees through group sessions or personalised programs for individual staff members. These type of roles can also involve providing guidance for catering or canteen options.

Specialist roles in health retreats or day spas

Some nutritionists enjoy the environment a wellness retreat or day spa offers and choose to treat clients in this setting on a casual or permanent basis. Endeavour graduates have gained employment at respected health retreats across the world, including Golden Door Spa and Shiva Som.

Education roles

Qualified nutritional medicine graduates are in great demand as lecturers, supervisors and academics. This can involve writing course curriculum for vocational and higher education institutions, guiding students through the academic process, evaluating assessments and exams and presenting seminars and workshops to students.

Safety and compliance roles

There is a demand for qualified nutritionists in the area of safety and compliance, with the Federal Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration hiring nutritional medicine graduates to apply their skills to areas such as health care reform and regulatory issues.

Media positions

Many Endeavour nutritional medicine graduates have found great success in media roles through securing employment in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, industry publications or popular blogs. This could be in the form of regular opinion pieces, columns or feature stories.

Product development

Nutritional medicine graduates can work for manufacturing companies to ensure hygienic conditions are maintained during the processing, storage and packaging of food. They can also test ingredients and foods for nutritional value and quality and help develop new products and associated research techniques.

Nutraceutical development adviser

Nutritional medicine graduates are qualified to research, test and develop nutritional supplements and products for sale to practitioners or the public.

Gender

95% of nutritional medicine practitioners surveyed by Endeavour were female and 5% male.

Health funds

Endeavour’s nutritional medicine graduates are recognised as providers of nutrition by the following Health Funds: Medibank Private, NIB, HBF, HCF, Australian Health Management, Westfund, Australian Unity, CBHS Health Fund and GU Health. 

To attain provider status graduates need to have:

  • Completed Endeavour’s Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) or its forner degree title Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) 
  • Current membership with a Professional Association
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Current professional indemnity insurance (usually obtained through your professional association).
  • Current clinic address

Professional associations


This page was last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016.