Who are Dietitians?
Accredited Practicing Dietitians are university qualified health professionals who undertake ongoing training and education so they are up to date with the latest research in nutrition.
Dietitians understand how your body works and how food and drinks help your body perform at its best. They translate the best available evidence and good judgment into personalised, practical dietary advice to help you reach your health goals and manage medical conditions. Dietitians help people make good food choices that fit with their lifestyle, separating fact from fiction.
Dietitians have the skills to:
- Assess individual nutritional needs
- Develop personalised eating plans
- Deliver group nutrition education
- Sort out nutrition fact from fiction
When should you see a dietitian?
A dietitian can help identify the best strategies to make the most of your everyday nutrition, to help you stay healthy and feeling good. Dietitians can also help design specific eating plans for clients with special needs such as frequent travellers, busy working people and athletes and sports enthusiasts looking to get their performance to the next level.
A dietitian can help you:
- Control your blood glucose to manage diabetes
- Manage your weight
- Manage your food allergies and intolerances
- Optimise training and race/game day nutrition in sports
- Lower cholesterol
- Implement a therapeutic diet following surgery
- Ensure growing children and adolescents are meeting nutrition requirements
- Ensure you diet is balance and providing you with all the minerals and vitamins and other key nutrients you need
- Help you become food labels, shopping, cooking and meal planning and prepping savvy.
A dietitian can also support you with the following medical conditions:
- Coeliac Disease
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Diabetes mellitus:
- impaired glucose tolerance
- gestational diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Gastrointestinal health:
- Diverticular disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Disease
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux
- Eating disorders
- Food allergy and intolerance
- Dyslipidaemia and high cholesterol
- Liver disease
- Mental health
- Nutrition support:
- Osteoporosis and osteopenia
- Renal Disease
- Weight management
- Bariatric Surgery
- Sports nutrition
- Nutrition across the lifecycle
The initial consultation is a time to get to know each other. We talk about you, your medical history and your journey with food thus far. We then have a look at your current needs, goals and lifestyle and current food choices. Using this information and integrating evidence and best practice, together we design strategies that will help you reach your goal in the short and long term. There are usually a number of changes required to optimize your nutrition, requiring typically 4 to 6 appointments to fine tune your nutrition and make the changes routine for long term success. We will make a plan of action together, based on your needs, so you know the journey ahead.
Follow up visits
Follow up visits are the perfect opportunity to look at how the strategies worked for you, identify what worked and what didn’t and modify accordingly. It is also the time to look at the next step, identifying strategies to incorporate it into the plan as change is gradual and multifaceted.