We provide access to a Community Dietitian who offers a free service by referral for children and adults to improve nutrition. Referrals can be made via a GP or practice nurse or other primary health providers.
How We Can Help
Our Dietitian service offers consultation with you and your whānau to help you develop a plan that will encourage healthy eating, with education relating to the best types of affordable kai to buy, how to cook healthy meals and the amount of food that should be on your plate. Helping you to determine what you should do to make positive and healthy changes and how to implement these changes effectively is the key goal.
In addition, and with your permission, we can also work with others (i.e. other health professionals) who may also be able to assist you to make changes to improve your lifestyle.
We also provide group education sessions upon request.
Examples of referrals:
Type 2 diabetes – newly diagnosed or refresher when HbA1c is too high
Obesity or weight management for adults and children
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Generally poor eating habits
Other dietary issues, where secondary services are not involved
We also have tips for people who eat very small portions and for people who have family members who may be malnourished (usually elderly people). Malnutrition is not solely about starvation or extreme undernutrition. It encompasses a range of conditions where the body does not receive the necessary nutrients it needs to function optimally.
If you believe you or someone in your family might benefit from a visit to the Dietitian, see your GP or nurse for a referral.