On my blog post a couple of days ago (09/06/2015) I alleged that the reason for my permanent expulsion from the Dietitians Association of Australia (“DAA”) in April, 2015 was because of my recommendation of lower carbohydrate diets to people with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
This prompted a response from the DAA, emailed to me by an unidentified person from the National Office, and also made public on social media today, claiming that the reasons for my expulsion were related to professional competence and not my dietary advice.
That was news to me.
Here is the evidence.
The complaint made against me by Dietitian X consisted of two allegations, which DAA described in their letter dated 19.11.2014 (see letter) as:
“Your recommendation of a very low carbohydrate diet for type 2 diabetes management is inconsistent with Evidence Based Practice”; and
“The patient letter indicates that you dismissed previous evidence based advice given to this patient and provided contradictory advice, resulting in a confused and disgruntled patient”.
On the 21.4.2015 I received a letter of expulsion from DAA that stated:
“Re: complaint by Dietitian X“
“The Board resolved:
- That the complaint against Jennifer Forman (Elliott) is upheld..”
Clearly, that finding related to the “complaint by Dietitian X “ and the aforementioned allegations. In effect, this means that the DAA determined that my recommendation of a very low carbohydrate diet for type 2 diabetes management is inconsistent with Evidence Based Practice and that a client was disgruntled after our interview.
If it did not and DAA are now suggesting that there was another complaint relied on to expel me, then it would seem that I have not been provided with even a basic level of procedural fairness/natural justice.