To a large extent, this is going to be County specific but a surgeon was found guilty of giving nutrition advice that he was not competent to give. Click here to read the full Article.

Key points:

  • Dr Gary Fettke reprimanded by medical watchdog AHPRA for suggesting patients eat low-carb diets
  • AHPRA found he was not qualified to give nutritional advice
  • His case has prompted a Senate committee to call for inquiry into AHPRA


According to Dr Fettke, an anonymous complaint from a dietician at the hospital sparked an investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Two and a half years later the watchdog found he was working outside his scope of practise and was not qualified to give specific nutritional advice, and he was ordered to stop speaking about the low carbohydrate, high fat diet.

“The committee does not accept that your medicine studies of themselves provide sufficient education or training to justify you providing specific advice or recommendations to patients or the public about nutrition and diet, such as the LCHF lifestyle concept,” it read.

This is a Turf War. Dietitians believe they have the sole ability to give nutrition advice. 

This takes the concept of specialization to the edge of lunacy.

Why is a medical professional who has specialized in surgery not capable of understanding and giving Nutrition advice. My latest surgery came with a number of nutrition related recommendations. Did my surgeon overstep his bounds since nowhere on the information did I see a dietitian consulted nor did I agree to pay for such service.

It is sad to realize that protecting one’s income would be allowed to undercut good health care.

What’s your opinion.