Our dietitians help manage and prevent poor nutrition by supporting people’s dietary needs.
What does a dietitian do?
Dietitians understand how food and drink helps nourish the body. They provide advice and support for diet and nutrition, helping people make healthy choices. Dietitians also support people who have health conditions that are affected by diet or can be treated with nutrition. This includes diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, renal disease, gastro-intestinal disease and food allergies.
To learn more about dietetics visit the Dietitians Association of Australia website.
Our Dietetic Services
Our Accredited Practising Dietitians works as part of our therapy teams, helping people living with disability achieve their goals.
Our dietitians assess and support and range of issues related to diet and nutrition 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)
Working closely with individuals, families and carers, our dietitians use medical nutrition therapy to manage and prevent poor nutrition and related health conditions. They do this by:
- Assessing nutritional needs, eating behaviour and dietary intake
- Providing dietary education and advice
- Developing customised plans and strategies
Our dietetic services are available to people of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual, neurological and physical disabilities. Services can be provided at home, school, in our clinics or in community settings.
To protect the health of our staff, customers and community, we’re currently providing most of our therapy services online and over the phone. We call this Teletherapy. Learn about Teletherapy.
Where additional support is required, our dietitians and other therapists will refer individuals and families to our specialist mealtime management team.