nutrition and dietetics

What is a dietitian and what do they do?

Dietitians are qualified experts in food and nutrition. They provide their clients with guidance and information on eating to help them improve their health and wellbeing. Dietitians convert the latest scientific information into practical advice about what to eat and drink to nourish the body.

Dietitians work with both healthy individuals, as well as those with health conditions. For healthy individuals, a dietitian can help people maintain their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic disease. For people who may be affected by conditions such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, or food allergies for example, a dietitian can tailor a plan to appropriately manage their needs.

Our Embrace dietitian can assist with:

  • Weight loss

  • Weight gain

  • Anaemia

  • Coeliac Disease

  • Congestive cardiac failure

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome

  • Disability (mental or physical)

  • Diverticulosis or diverticulitis

  • Food allergy

  • Food intolerance

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux

  • Gout

  • Hyperlipidaemia or dyslipidaemia

  • Hypertension

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Liver disease

  • Nutrition support regarding mental illness – such as depression, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder

  • Nutrition Support regarding cancer, malnutrition, HIV-positive

  • Nutrition for different stages of life (e.g. pregnancy, lactation)

  • Vegetarian/vegan diets

  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Sports/Performance Nutrition

Click here to find out more about our accredited practising dietitian, Mary!

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When should I see a dietitian?

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There are a wide variety of reasons that may lead a person to see a dietitian. It is important to note that you do not require a referral to see a dietitian. If you have a health condition however, your doctor may refer you to a dietitian. The dietitian will work closely with you and your doctor to develop a suitable diet for you that take into account any medication, blood work and other necessary factors.

Some common reasons why a person might be referred to or independently choose to see a dietitian include:

  • A newly diagnosed chronic disease

  • Signs that a chronic illness is not being managed

  • Wanting to improve energy and vitality

  • Significant weight change

  • Wanting assistance with weight loss

  • Recent poor food intake, poor appetite, or difficulty preparing or eating food

  • Changes in medication

  • Reviews of medical nutrition therapy

  • When a child is “fussy” or selective with what they eat

For more information or to discuss your situation, please contact our dietitian Mary directly on 0413 394 223.

We invite you to book an appointment online via our online booking portal below, or call us on (07) 3906 8888.