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Healthy eating Dietetics and Nutrition

 

Dietitians provide nutrition and dietary advice to individuals, groups and the communtiy with the aim to adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyles.

 

This service is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

 

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What does this service provide?

 

Dietitians are recognised professionals who have the qualifications to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. A Dietitian applies the science of human nutrition, combined with food knowledge and communication skills to educate the principles of healthy eating.

 

We also provide advice on a wide range of nutrition-related issues including healthy eating, diabetes, heart health, overweight, underweight, gastrointestinal issues, introduction to solids and fussy eating in children.

 

Dietitians aim to provide clients with the skills and knowledge to achieve optimal health and there is a strong emphasis on behaviour modification and self management. We work as part of a team with other allied health services and general practitioners.

 

We also have special interest groups including diabetes, healthy lifestyle and cardiac rehabilitation. We work closely with community groups (eg. schools, childcare centres, parents' groups) to promote health eating.

 

Our service provides:

  • individual consultations with a Dietitian
  • individual consultations with a Diabetes Nurse Educator if applicable
  • group programs including Diabetes Information Session, Diabetes Education Program and Healthy Lifestyle Group (refer our groups page for further information)
  • health promotion initiatives with community groups

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Am I eligible for this service?

 

Anyone living in the City of Hume is eligible to access our service.

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Do I need a referral for this service?

 

A written referral is required. The referral can be made by yourself, your general practitioner, health professional or other community agencies.

 

If you are a diabetic, then we recommend your referrer also provide a referral to our Diabetes Nurse Education service.

 

To ensure that we provide you with a timely service, your referral must include other information as follows:

 

If you have diagnosed diabetes, then the referral must include (your general practitioner can advise on the types of tests):

  • date of diagnosis, medical history, current medications
  • pathology tests: (no more than 6 months old) including HbA1c or if newly diagnosis, OGTT and 2 fasting glucose
  • renal function: (U&Es including EGFR and Micro Albumin
  • cardiac: TG LDL HDL Total Chol/HDL ratio

If you are pre-diabetes (high risk of diabetes), then the referral must include (your general practitioner can advise on the types of tests):

  • medical history, current medications
  • pathology tests: (no more than 6 months old) a fasting glucose or OGTT
  • cardiac: TG LDL HDL Total Chol/HDL ratio

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What does this service cost?

 

Please refer to our fee brochure.

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Where is the service located and what are your hours?

 

The service is by appointment at our Craigieburn, Broadmeadows or Meadow Heights campuses on the following days:

 

Dianella Community Health, GP Super Clinic, 42-48 Coleraine St, Broadmeadows Monday - Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm

 

Dianella Community Health, 21-27 Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm

 

Dianella Community Health, 55 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn Thursday and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Who do I contact to make an enquiry or to send a referral?

 

To discuss or to send a referral to this service, please contact

 

Service Access team Phone 1300 234 263 Fax (03) 8339 9898 (please include all required information including pathology)

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Can an interpreter be arranged?

 

An interpreter can be arranged upon request. 

 

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