People with a disability can often struggle to fulfil their nutritional needs. Our dietitians help manage and prevent poor nutrition by assessing and supporting dietary needs.
What is poor nutrition?
Poor nutrition can be caused by a number of issues including:
- Difficulties swallowing, chewing and drinking
- Fussy eating or resistant/picky eating
- Dependence on bottle feeding
- Difficulties with meal times
- Bowel issues (e.g constipation, diarrhoea, coeliac disease, limited fluid/fibre intake)
- Pressure injuries
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease)
Regardless of the reason, poor nutrition can negatively impact an individual’s overall well-being and quality of life. In the short term poor nutrition can contribute to an individual’s capacity to function at school and work. Over time it can contribute to the risk of developing some illnesses and health problems such as weight gain and obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
How we can help
Our qualified dietitians assess and support the nutritional needs of children and adults with disabilities.
Dietitians can help people to:
- Achieve their functional goals
- Improve meal times
- Optimise growth
- Prevent and heal pressure injuries
- Improve alertness and prevent lethargy
- Achieve a healthy body weight
- Manage food allergies and intolerances
- Support non-oral feeding (tube feeding)
- Prevent and manage chronic conditions
Working closely with individuals, their families and carers, our dietitians use medical nutrition therapy to help manage and prevent poor nutrition and health conditions. This involves:
- Assessing nutritional needs, eating behaviour and dietary intake
- Providing dietary education and advice
- Developing customised plans and strategies to assist individuals to achieve their therapy goals
How we work
Our therapy teams work collaboratively with clients, families and therapy teams to deliver evidence-based therapy services that help people with disabilities achieve their goals in life.
Service delivery is flexible and tailored to the unique needs of each individual, their family and carers.
Our services can be accessed through a range of funding options. We can help you find out if you’re eligible and provide further information about the options available.