Waitemata DHB Dietetics - Adult Community Services
What is a dietitian?
Dietitians are registered health professionals who are experts in food and nutrition. They apply scientific knowledge to help improve overall the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Waitemata DHB dietitians are part of a multidisciplinary team and work with adults and children, alongside their family/ whanau/ caregivers, who require nutrition input related to medical and surgical treatments and/ or management of chronic conditions.
What will the Dietitian do?
The dietitian will fully assess a patient’s nutritional needs and make specific recommendations as part of the patient’s treatment plan. The dietitian will work with the patient to achieve their goals and offer nutrition education and follow up care as required.
Adult Community Services
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the community dietitian’s role includes:
- Home enteral nutrition monitoring including transition to oral feeding.
- Monitoring ‘failure to thrive’ in adults who have unintentional weight loss.
- Providing advice and support to people with terminal/ palliative conditions, where that service cannot be provided by other health professionals.
- Home visiting clients at nutritional risk who are unable to attend an outpatient clinic because of their medical condition.
North Shore: Monday to Thursday; 8.00am – 4.30pm
Waitakere: Monday to Friday; 8.30am - 5.00pm
Rodney: Monday and Friday; 8.30am - 5.00pm; Wednesday; 8.30am - 12.00pm
Adult Community Services
According to service specifications provided by the funder, referrals to allied health Community Dietitians are taken from:
- Self or, with the patient’s permission: - family/whanau GPs, hospital staff, specialists and other health professionals.
- Patients who require nutritional advice in their own home.
- Adults over the age of 16 years.
Referrals are not accepted for the following:
- Patients who are capable of attending an outpatient clinic, with the exception of self initiated referrals and patients referred by their GP
- ACC clients.
- Patients who are at nutritional risk as a result of a mental health disorder with the exception of those who have failure to thrive (see Description section).
- Residents living in Residential Homes/ Care Facilities who require ongoing treatment, unless as part of the 2012-13 residential aged care pilot on monitoring of enteral feeding.
- Children with a disability who are over 16 and still attend school (seen by Child Development Service)
- Where there is access to outpatient services, or if a GP practice can meet a client's needs, referrals should be directed to those services.
Please telephone the Referral Screener for all requests, information and advice:
Phone: (09) 486 8945 ext 43222 (8.00am - 4.30pm; Monday to Friday)
Fax: (09) 486 8997 (for referrals)
- Community Dietitians in Waitemata DHB (PDF, 101.1 KB)
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This page was last updated at 9:37AM on November 9, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata DHB Dietetics - Adult Community Services.