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What is Dietetics?

Dietitians are health professionals trained in food and nutrition. They translate scientific nutrition information into practical advice, to help you make the right decision about what to eat.

Dietitians can help people of all ages, genders, nationalities and financial circumstances. You might want more energy, to prevent or recover from illness, to ensure you have a healthy baby, to lose weight, gain weight or cope with an allergy or intolerance, or just grow old gracefully – a dietitian can help anyone. Dietitians can provide you with a diet prescription. They can educate you and help you decide which foods are right for you now and in the future. Dietitians can help you shop, give you meal ideas and recipes, and offer support and motivation to achieve your health goals.

 


What services do Dietitians provide in Broken Hill?

 

Dietitians in Broken Hill work in the Community and the Hospital:

  • counsel and educate outpatient clients on appropriate diets, menu planning and preparation of food to treat an illness or disease and/or to enhance and maintain optimum health
  • Develop Nutrition Care plans (including special diets, nutritional supplements and nutrition education) to meet the clinical needs of inpatient individuals whose medical condition can be treated or controlled by diet therapy
  • plan, evaluate and conduct nutrition intervention/education programs for vulnerable groups to promote appropriate dietary practice in the community
  • participate in preventative health programs in the community, including screenings, cooking groups and lifestyle modification education.
  • develop resource materials for health professionals, the community and schools.
  • consult with medical practitioners and other health professionals to manage the dietary and nutrition needs of clients/patients
  • Run Health Promotion campaigns or projects to improve the nutrition of individuals and the whole community.

Dietitians work with clients in a broad range of clinical areas including:
allergy, cardiovascular, diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck, malnourished, paediatrics, neurology, disability, oncology, pregnancy…..

The Dietetic department can provide; information, advice, assessment, Home Enteral Nutrition support, group education, health promotion initiatives and discharge planning.

Dietitians work collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team consisting of; Dietitians, Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Nursing Staff and Medical Professionals.  The Dietetic department at the Broken Hill Health Service also supports Dietetic student fieldwork and clinical placements.

Where is Dietetics?

The Dietetic Department is located in the Broken Hill Hospital, Primary Health end. When entering the main foyer follow the signs to Rehabilitation Reception.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

How to Contact

Telephone: 08 8080 1411

How to Access Service

To see a Dietitian you do not need a referral but it is recommended to have a referral if it involves a medical condition. A referral can be completed by a GP, Specialist, another Health Service or other Professional.  As there may be a high demand for services, the referral is placed on a waiting list and prioritised based on the urgency of the person’s needs compared to others on the waiting list.  When a Dietetic Appointment becomes available, you will be contacted and an appointment time will be offered.

Clinical Placements

 

For undergraduate or graduate entry students interested in securing a clinical placement at Broken Hill Health Service or any health service within Far West LHD, please contact John Walker, Manager Student Placement Services at 08 8080 1241 or john.walker2@health.nsw.gov.au.