On my blog post a couple of days ago (09/06/2015) I alleged that the reason for my 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 by DAA on social media today, claiming that the reasons for my expulsion were related to professional competence and not my dietary advice. As stated in the DAA email, “……the complaint made against you …….. related to professional competence.”
That was news to me.
Here is the evidence.
The complaint made against me by Dietitian X concerned my recommendation of low carbohydrate diets in the management of type 2 diabetes. She later forwarded a letter, procured from a former patient who was disgruntled with our interview, to the DAA. This letter was not lodged as a complaint.
In their letter dated 19.11.2014 (see letter), DAA asked me to provide a response regarding the two areas of concern that had been highlighted:
“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:
1. That the complaint against Jennifer Forman (Elliott) is upheld..”
Clearly, that finding related to the “complaint by Dietitian X” and the aforementioned concern re low carbohydrate diets. In effect, this means that the DAA determined that my recommendation of low carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes management is inconsistent with Evidence Based Practice
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.