I have been extremely critical of the Dietitians Association of Australia for a long time, and their unscientific, unhealthy, biased and corrupt practices of providing food advice to all Australians.
The DAA raise a lot of their income from "corporate sponsors", from such companies as Kellogg's, Sanitarium, Arnott's, Campbell's, Nestle and many more - it's all publicly available to see on their website and in their promotions of these companies and their products. The DAA then advise all their Dietitians of which foods are healthy or not, based on the sponsorships they have, and those dietitians then pass on that advice to the general public, who have been getting generally sicker and with much more chronic disease.
Even worse is that the DAA wrote the government's food guideline policies, supposedly to improve the health of all Australians, but in fact they were just keeping their sponsors happy in return for funding. The food guidelines are not based on solid, independent, and well-researched nutrition studies. And this is why people are constantly getting misinformation about what foods are healthy and which are not!
Recently, documents were leaked that the DAA and food industry committees were found to be running active media campaigns against prominent and independent scientists, doctors, and nutrition experts who were giving evidence-based nutrition advice, but which conflicted with the DAA's biased guidelines. The DAA's CEO and spokesperson recently resigned as a result of several leaks of such evidence.
On the 3rd October 2018, the DAA released a public statement stating that as of the end of 2018, they would be concluding their "corporate partnership" program! Their new CEO has had a huge change of heart from their previous policies, and seems to want to reduce belief that the DAA is biased from their corporate sponsors.
Whether this change of policy will actually result in a change to more current "evidence-based" nutrition advice remains to be seen, as they will have to turn around 180 degrees on much of their advice which they have been pushing for many decades. Their poor advice will take a long time to change in the minds of the general public.
The DAA and Dietitians aren't off the hook yet! The decision to remove themselves from perceived bias is a good one! We will have to wait and see whether this actually changes anything.
For the best, current, independent and evidence-based nutrition advice and for the best health results, continue to see a (non-DAA aligned) Nutritionist or Naturopath!