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Northland DHB Dietitians

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What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are registered health practitioners who evaluate scientific evidence about food and nutrition and translate it into practical strategies. Dietitians work in partnership with individuals, whānau, communities and populations, in states of health and disease, to support optimal health and wellbeing.

Dietitians use their dietetic knowledge, skills, and judgement in a variety of contexts, which includes promoting and protecting public health, directing and delivering medical nutrition therapy services, and managing food and health systems. They may perform a variety of functions, including policy development, leadership, management, research, education, and communication roles.

Dietitians with a prescribing endorsement are able to prescribe Special Foods and approved nutrition-related medicines.

Dietitians are accountable for ensuring that their practice is consistent with the Dietitians Board’s competency requirements, Code of Ethics and Conduct, and relevant legislation.

Northland District Health Board dietitians are part of multidisciplinary teams and work with adults and children, alongside their family/whanau/caregivers, who require nutrition input related to medical and surgical treatment and/or management of chronic conditions. The dietitian will assess a patient's nutritional needs and make specific recommendations as part of the patient's treatment plan.
Inpatient Dietitian Services
The primary focus of the hospital dietitians is to support the service requirements of hospital inpatients and their treatment while in hospital. Patients will be referred as appropriate to a dietitian for specialised input during their admission. The dietitian will assess and recommend nutritional treatment to support the medical management of the patient. All Northland District Health Board Hospitals (Whangarei, Dargaville, Bay of Islands and Kaitaia) have access to acute dietetic services as required, however please note that patients at Dargaville, Bay of Islands and Kaitaia Hospitals are managed by dietitians based at Whangarei Hospital.  
Outpatient Dietitian Services
Some people require ongoing assessment and monitoring after they are discharged from hospital. Clinic appointments or home visits (as required) may be appropriate. Outpatient clinics are offered at Whangarei Hospital and regionally around Northland.

Northland District Health Board Dietitians



AJ (Adrianna) Hepburn


Bev Basher

Acute Medical

Chontelle Watts

Child Health, Paediatric Ward, Special Care Baby Unit

Christine Frost


Charlotte Peter

Surgical, ICU

Emily Fraser

Child Health, Paediatric Ward, Special Care Baby Unit

Hannah McCarrision

Professional Advisor

Jessica De-Wit

Surgical, ICU

Katie McVerry

Assessment and Rehab Unit, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation group education, Tumanako (Mental Health Inpatient Unit), Foodservices

Mary McNab

Child Health, Paediatric Ward, Special Care Baby Unit

Olwyn Talbot-Titley


Shivani Kumari

Medical Assessment Unit

Thomas Shand


Vanessa Mygind





Referral Expectations

Please refer to HealthPathways ( for Dietitian Services available at Northland District Health Board or contact Emily Fraser, Acting Professional Advisor.

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Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital


Hannah McCarrison- Professional Advisor, Dietetics, Northland District Health Board

Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

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Whangarei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 10:30AM on September 26, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Dietitians.