Prescribing

Dietitians who are authorised to be a Dietitian Prescriber can be found on the Register

Dietitian prescribers are able to prescribe and authorise subsidised dispensing of some specific products, in addition to all Special Foods.

The list of vitamins, minerals and related products that dietitians can prescribe can be found HERE

Dietitians must have undertaken the Dietitian Prescriber Course which includes a summative assessment, before Dietitian Prescriber can be endorsed on his/her practising certificate and endorsed on the Board’s Register. 

Since 2014, graduates with the prescribed Post Graduate Degree from any of the three New Zealand Accredited Universities meet the requirements for endorsement and are not required to undertake the Dietitian Prescriber Course, unless they did not undertake this Module prior to graduation.

Dietitian Prescribers are monitored during the year and have approved supervisors. Please familiarise yourself with the Prescriber Policy and make sure that you nominate your prescribing supervisor through the Dietitians login on the website.

If a Dietitian Prescriber changes supervisor they must immediately inform the Board and re-send an update of the Prescribing Supervisor form.

An Annual Prescribing Update is required to be undertaken - Dietitian Prescribers can find this on the Dietitians Board MOODLE platform.

New Dietitian Prescribers can click here to request an information pack which explains how to apply for Electronic Special Authority (ESA). The pack includes the application forms; these are also available from the Ministry of Health.

Prescribing Dietitians can contact the Registrar for an electronic blank script that can be copied on to their desktop for easy access. Dietitian Prescribers are reminded to write legibly and always include their Registration number on scripts.