Dietitian Service

Our Role:

Te Tai Tokerau PHO funds and supports access to a dietitian and nutritional advice

 About Dietetics:  Dietitians are experts in human nutrition and diet.  What and how much you eat and drink, and being physically active, are important for health.  Being healthy improves your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing.

About the Service:  If referred the Dietician services offered include:

  • Individual consultations for adults who need more than basic health eating advice and are ready to make a change (whanau and/or support people are encouraged and welcome to attend)
  • Supermarket tours – group based – for those interested in learning more about nutrition and label reading
  • Linkages to health promotion activities and community development initiatives
  • Referral to Oranga Kai service if appropriate

Eligibility for the service:

People who would like dietary and nutrition advice are eligible for the service when they are ready to make a changes to their diet.

How to access the service:

The service is accessed through your general practice – ask your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse.

 Suitable referrals include people who are ready to change and have:

  • Attended a Whakamana Hauora self management course and require further advice
  • Obesity in pregnancy
  • A gastrointestinal condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Nutrition related anaemia
  • Families referred from before school checks (B4SC)
  • PCOS
  • Pre diabetes or Type 2 diabetes
  • CVD
  • COPD which is managed by a GP
  • Have a chronic condition and need a nutrition assessment or specialised advice.
  • Underweight especially in the elderly

Excluded from this service:

  • People who are not willing/able to commit to making behaviour changes at this time
  • Children
  • People who can be referred to dietitian services in Northland Health (this includes people with complicated diabetes, those referred for bariatric surgery, and those who have recently been discharged from hospital)
  • People under the care of NHDB: gastronenterology, oncology, renal, COPD
  • Coeliac
  • Palliative Care
  • Eating disorders eg anorexia
  • People who live in a rest home
  • ACC referrals
  • Sports Nutrition

Useful Links:

Healthy Eating