Nutrition and Dietetics

Assessment and management of conditions requiring nutritional counselling or dietary intervention

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Some clinics are held in conjunction with Paediatric Services, Diabetes Services, PEG Services (Gastro), Renal Services, and Oncology Services

Focus is on dietetic counselling, support and intervention in clinical conditions. Aims are to:

  • Overcome barriers to adequate nutrition
  • Prevent or slow nutritional decline
  • Prevent an adverse response to food components
  • Reduce or manage symptoms
  • Promote optimal physiology and function through dietary change in disease conditions

A number of nutrition services are not available because of limited funding:

  • General lifestyle counseling for fat loss, heart disease, hypertension, non-complex diabetes
  • Adult allergy investigation and advice
  • Disordered eating
  • Encopresis
  • Ketogenic diets

Emergency conditions

Direct patients to the Emergency Department if urgent assessment/management is required, e.g. for the following conditions/symptoms (not exclusive):

  • PEG pulled out

Referral process

We run a limited number of clinics and waiting times can be up to a few months. We prioritise patients referred to us, and encourage referrals to private dietitians when possible.

For patients in scope (see above) a referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Specific requirements are detailed in the individual clinic and condition referral guidelines.

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED
– Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6340 Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

The Dietitian will reply to the referring GP after seeing a new patient.