About The Clinical Nutrition Association

The Clinical Nutrition Association was established in 2009 by a group of concerned and passionate nutritionists. The CNA acts as an umbrella organisation for Clinical Nutritionists around New Zealand, and keenly conveys the properties and benefits of good health to the public.

Our Vision: To be the foremost registrar of Clinical Nutritionists in New Zealand.

Our Mission: To attract qualified nutritionists who practice holistically; supporting their continued education and influencing public health messages by engagement with government bodies and other organisations.


Why Have The CNA?


Currently, national regulations offer no detailed criteria as to who can call themselves a nutritionist. While many practitioners have rightfully earned their title through years of tertiary education and clinical practice, some have not.

Until recently there was no easy way to differentiate between these different skill-sets. For the first time in New Zealand we have an organisation that solely registers approved Clinical Nutritionists. The public can now feel safer in their choice of practitioner.

CNA members keep up-to-date with the most recent research, and have learned how to apply this holistically. Health is more than physical: it also comprises mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of life. Changes are only sustainable if they are practical and enjoyable. CNA members make the science of good nutrition easier to understand and apply.

To qualify for CNA registration, Clinical Nutritionists must have years of tertiary training at an approved institution, hundreds of hours of clinical practice, and annual continued education.

Current Committee Members

Teresa Couper

Rose Riley
Vice President & Registrar

Bernie Roodt

Phillipa Page

Catherine Garney
Events Manager

Tania Murray
Website Manager

Cliff Harvey
Industry / Technical Advisor

Claudia Oxford-Gonzalez
Associate Registrar

Do you have ideas you would like to contribute to assist the CNA?

Members of the committee volunteer their time and resources and are the driving force behind the organisation. Committee members are involved in arranging events and information evenings for the general public and practitioners. They also maintain the website, produce PR and marketing materials for publication and much more.

There are many opportunities for involvement – and camaraderie – while working alongside some senior practitioners of nutrition. All Practitioner and Student members are welcome to participate as a committee member.