Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition. We provide guidance to patients and family members about how to appropriately manage diets and nutrition for people who may be affected by various health conditions such as malnutrition, diabetes, overweight and obesity, cancer, heart disease, renal disease, gastro-intestinal diseases and food allergies. A dietitian can help support you to improve or maintain health and to reduce your risk of developing chronic disease in hospital and at home.
We provide a range of services including:
- Working with you to assess your health and nutritional needs and to assist you to manage your medical conditions and symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored diet.
- Nutritional screening, assessments and medical nutrition therapy for a variety of conditions which may include:
- A newly diagnosed chronic disease
- Signs that a chronic illness is not being well managed
- Significant weight change
- Recent poor food intake, poor appetite, or difficulty preparing or eating food
- Changes in medication
- Medical nutrition therapy may also involve tube feeding and nutrition supplement provision in hospital and at home.
We work closely with our STARS Food Services team to develop meals and menus for inpatients, ensuring compliance with therapeutic diets as well as food safety, meals and menu standards.
How to access this service
To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.
If there is a waiting list, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
Location: STARS, 296 Herston Road, Herston
Phone: (07) 3647 7111
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.