Dietitians are university-qualified experts in nutrition and dietetics. When choosing your nutrition professional, look for an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise.
APDs can provide you with expert individual nutrition advice (or 'medical nutrition therapy') on a range of health conditions. This will give you the confidence to eat in a way that is best for you. APDs know about food and health and can help you sort through the maze of nutrition information. Wheatbelt Dietitians work in community and acute settings, providing services to outlying areas. As rural health professionals, we work with a diverse caseload, encompassing people of all ages and health conditions.
The role of a dietitian includes:
- Nutritional assessment
- Dietary education and counselling
- Provision of expert dietary advice in individual and community settings
- Liaison with catering staff in hospitals and nursing homes to provide an appropriate menu
- Staff in-services and education
- Coordination of and assistance with health promotion events
A dietitian may advise on:
- Child and maternal nutrition
- Antenatal dietary advice
- Nutrition for breastfeeding
- Introduction to solid foods
- Failure to thrive
- Fussy eating
- Gut conditions
- Diverticular disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Recovery from bowel surgery
- Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis
- Chronic constipation
- Gastritis and reflux
- Gall stones
- Coeliac disease
- Chronic diseases
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides
- Kidney disease
- Metabolic disorders
- Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Gestational Diabetes
- And others
- Overweight and obesity
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Healthy eating
- Enteral feeding
- Sports nutrition
- Eating disorders
Services provided through WA Country Health Services - Wheatbelt region include:
- Primary Health Services - Nutrition programs for community groups and organisations.
- Educational talks as requested.
- Individual dietetic counselling for the treatment of illness and/or maintenance of optimal health.
- Consultation, assessment and training for Food Service providers.
How to make an appointment
You can refer yourself or a family member. Patients can self refer by directly contacting the Allied Health Reception on 9690 1320. Referrals can also be made by your family, GP, Community Health Nurse, other Health Professionals, Silver Chain or other agencies. Client consent is required at all times, and it is preferred that the client informs their GP if they are utilising Nutrition and Dietetic Services. Written or phone referrals are received, and then prioritised accordingly. Waiting list times may apply dependent on current caseload.
Contact your local Dietitian
WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt
Robinson Street, Northam, WA, 6401
PO Box 312, Northam WA 6401
Phone: (08) 9690 1320
Fax: (08) 9690 1694
Northam, Toodyay, Goomalling (incl Dowerin), York, Beverley, Quairading, Wundowie.