Community Therapy provides mobile Dietitian services to older adults and people living with disabilities in the comfort of their home. We partner with home care providers and residential aged care facilities.
We are NDIS registered providers and were certified by SAI Global.
Community Therapy’s Dietitian services are mobile and available throughout Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Maitland/Hunter, Port Stephens & Central Coast.
Home Visiting Dieticians
What Our Dietitians Do
Community Therapy Dietitians are registered with Dietitians Australia and we are a NDIS registered provider. Our clinicians hold their own public and professional indemnity insurance, possess current criminal record checks and working with children checks.
Our Dietitians work with clients to provide evidence-based nutritional advice for healthy eating to help improve people’s quality of life and manage their healthcare conditions.
Who should see an Accredited Practicing Dietitian?
At Community Therapy we believe Dietitians are for everyone. In addition to providing evidence-based nutritional advice for healthy eating, APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerance, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity.
Our Dietitians work primarily with NDIS participants and Aged-Care clients to provide high-quality services.
Our experienced Dietitians know there are many ways for people to have a healthy diet. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to diet and nutrition.
We know what works for one person may be different to what works for another, and we work with you at an individual level to achieve your needs, goals and lifestyle.
Who Can Access Our Services
We see our clients in their home or the property they’re living in. We can see clients in all types of properties and living arrangements, including group homes and residential aged care facilities. We partner with many home care providers, NDIS registered providers and aged care facilities to look after the Dietitian care needs of their consumers, participants and residents.
Our team are experienced with working with people living with all types of disabilities. It is part of our recruitment process to hire clinicians with experience and passion for their role.
Our team love working with people to help them move towards the meaningful goals that they have set and would like to achieve.
Dietetic Outcome Measures
Our Dietitians will always utilise outcome measures to ensure that they know what someone’s baseline, or starting point, is. This is critical when it comes to measuring change over time and thus demonstrating improvement.
Using outcome measures helps clients to:
- Track progress toward their individual goals
- Identify gaps in knowledge and/or practical skills
- Communicate with informal, community and mainstream supports
Our Dietitians will use outcome measures that are specific to the person that they are supporting. This is because there are outcome measures that are more suitable to use for older adults and others that can be more suitable for specific disabilities.
What does an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) do?
Dietitians provide individualised nutritional assessments, recommendations and therapeutic support that consider medical conditions and personal circumstances. Strategies may include individual or small group nutrition counselling, support, and education. Your dietitian can provide practical resources for:
- Food hygiene, safety and healthy eating
- Grocery shopping and label reading
- Planning and preparing food at home
- Guidance for eating out
Dietitians also assist in the development of nutrition communications, programs and policies. Our community-based Dietitians may work with healthcare professionals and provide consultancy services to corporate organisations, food manufacturers, schools and health care facilities.
How can an Accredited Practicing Dietitian support me?
The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. It is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law. Being able to tailor nutrition advice to find the best approach for each person is the cornerstone of ‘Medical Nutrition Therapy’ – it’s what APDs are qualified to do.
What can dietitians diagnose?
A dietitian alters their patient’s nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs. Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals who assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.
How do I prepare for a dietitian appointment?
The top 3 things to bring to your dietitian appointment are:
- Yourself, and an open and positive mindset
- A list of medications including any supplements you currently use
- Your own personal nutrition goals, and/or NDIS goals
It can also be helpful to pre-complete a food record – we can provide you with an easy to fill out template for this
Does a dietitian only help with weight loss?
No, a dietitian is trained in many areas of human nutrition and assists people in understanding the relationship between diet and disease. A dietitian can provide you advice on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:
- Diabetes- type 1, type 2 and gestational
- Heart and bone health such as high cholesterol, and osteoporosis
- Gastrointestinal health such as IBS, celiac disease, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhoea, constipation
- Malnutrition/ under-nutrition
- Healthy eating, fussy eating and disordered eating
- Food allergies and intolerances
Does a dietitian need to weigh me?
You may be weighed and measured for height, if needed, so the dietitian can calculate your calorie and macronutrient needs. You will be asked what types of foods you like to eat, how often you eat and what specific concerns you or your doctor have about your current dietary intake.
How do you get referred to a dietitian?
You may be referred by your GP, Credentialled Diabetes Educator or another disability/health related support. You can also self-refer by visiting our website.