A dietitian is a health professional who is qualified to give accurate advice and information on all aspects of nutrition and diet. Dietitians apply knowledge of food, nutrition and other related disciplines to promote health, prevent disease and help manage illness.

You may see a dietitian in a hospital (as an in-patient or out-patient) or in the community (at a clinic or in a care centre).

Dietitians are regulated and registered by CORU.


Dietetic services are available free of charge through the public health service. However, availability may vary in different areas of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

If you access services as a private patient, you will be charged for the service. You may be able to reclaim costs if you have private health insurance.

How to apply

You can be referred by a doctor, nurse or other health professional, or may be able to self refer. This depends on local policy and you should contact your Local Health Office or health centre for more information.

You can check the CORU register to find a registered dietitian in your area.

The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute is the professional organisation for dietitians in Ireland. It provides a facility to 'Find a Dietitian' on its website.

Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

Ashgrove House
c/o Airfield Estate
Overend Avenue
Dublin 14
D14 EE77

Tel: (01) 215 0508
Page edited: 5 December 2019