Who we are
Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar before he addressed the audience at our pre-conference dinner in October 2015, pictured with INDI CEO Jennifer Feighan, Chairperson Dr Declan Byrne and esteemed guests Prof John Reynolds, St James' Hospital and Prof. Roseanne Kenny, TCD.
Founded in 1958, the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) is the professional organisation for dietitians in Ireland.
The INDI is committed to both shaping change and responding to the changing needs of the public and our members. We see the potential for a healthier Ireland, with our organisation and its members taking a leading role in advising Government and non-governmental agencies, other health professionals and individuals on matters relation to food and nutrition policy and practice. To that end, we are clear on our key roles and functions, which are outlined below:
We WORK WITH policy makers, health professionals, the public and individual patients, families and carers to inform them on nutrition and diet in relation to both health and disease, in a way they can understand and apply.
We ADVOCATE for adequate resources to deliver quality services for those who need nutritional advice, care, support or treatment, ensuring our members are accessible to all who need them.
We work to INFLUENCE and SHAPE policy and legislation to ensure that nutritional health is protected, facilitated or improved across age groups and care settings.
We SUPPORT and USE RESEARCH to answer important questions about the nation’s nutritional health and identify the most effective strategies for treating those with nutritional problems. This is essential to underpin the advice our members give and the recommendations we make.
We INVEST in the future of the profession by promoting universal recognition of our members as the most trustworthy source of evidence-based advice, information or support on nutrition and dietary matters.
We EMPOWER our members to achieve their full potential within their chosen career paths, providing opportunities for acquiring the skills needed for continued progression and personal growth.
We PROVIDE nutrition education, training and resources directly to the public and other health professionals. These areas of activities will be expanded in the lifetime of this strategy in line with our ambition to extend our reach, develop opportunities for our members to work and equip others with the knowledge and tools to play a role in delivering our vision.