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What’s the best part about working with patients?

Careers and University, Dietetics, The Health Industry

As part of #loveyourcareer week, we asked APD Lana Hirth for her insights into dietetics. This is what she had to say….

My name is Lana Hirth. I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia.

I love being a dietitian because I help people to create healthy habits and manage a healthy weight that’s right for them. There’s nothing better than giving people the skills and confidence to eat well, so they have time to focus on the more important things in life.

What’s the best part about working with patients?

It is always a highlight of my job when I help patients increase the variety of their food and reduce the anxiety and fear around food. Many of my patients are terrified of certain food, whether it be due to texture or fear it will make them gain weight. I love seeing patients develop a healthy relationship with food.

It is always very exciting seeing patients’ blood test results improve or see them come off medication. It’s amazing that by modifying someone’s eating patterns, by using Medical Nutrition Therapy, can have such a profound impact on our health.

How do you motivate yourself to move forward and keep the passion burning for your chosen career if you experience burnout?

I remind myself of why I started in the first place. For me, I am passionate about helping people build and develop healthy habits, and manage a healthy weight for them. I am determined to help people develop healthy eating habits so they can spend their time and energy on more important things in life. I keep going forward by surrounding myself with supportive friends and colleagues, setting healthy boundaries and reflecting on my practice.

What is something that can be improved that would make you love being dietitian even more?

I am so thankful and proud to call myself a dietitian. The more that dietitians can work together and support each other, the better we will be. I believe we need to continue doing this by collaborating together, utilising social media and online spaces to promote evidence-based nutrition messages. I love being part of profession determined to break the stereotypical mould to captivate and engage people to take care of their body by eating well.

Lana Hirth is an Accredited Practising Dietitian from Sydney. She fights against the yo-yo dieting culture and nutrition nonsense, by clearly communicating the science of nutrition to help people find their healthy weight and create healthy habits that last.


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