Nutrition is a key aspect of patient
We aim to provide the highest standard of
nutritional care and in doing so embrace the Hospital’s
Values in our service delivery.
The Nutrition and
Dietetics Department at St John of God Hospital Bunbury employs
dietitians who are professionally qualified as Accredited
Practicing Dietitians (APDs).
APDs are recognised professionals with the
qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary
advice to the general population and to those suffering a medical
We know about food and health and can help
people sort through the maze of food and nutrition information.
We provide a service to inpatients for a
range of health conditions across all areas of St John of God
We also have a number of outpatient clinics
at the Hospital.
We also consult to sporting groups across the
South West and present to a number of educational groups in
What do dietitians do?
Our dietitians provide their clients with the
knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate a lifestyle
We focus on a balanced approach to eating and
being active which is important for lifestyle change to occur.
We enable our clients to achieve outstanding
results by translating scientific nutritional information into
practical advice about what to eat, and – very importantly –
assisting them to put this into practice.
Firstly, the dietitian will assess your
medical history, family history and any current
They will also discuss the purpose of your
referral, any blood tests you may have had and your current eating
An assessment will then be made and a
management plan will be devised based on your needs, your current
eating preferences and lifestyle.
This will include any education you need and /
or a diet plan.
You should allow at least one hour for your
There is no set number of visits.
Further visits are arranged according to your
Typically clients may expect to need
fortnightly to monthly visits initially.
A single session may be sufficient to provide
some people with appropriate and useful information.
What conditions can a dietitian assist with?
Our dietitians are available for consultations
healthy eating advice.
We also prescribe medical nutritional therapy
to manage a range of conditions including:
- Weight loss, or weight gain
- Diabetes, pre-diabetes, gestational
- High cholesterol, heart conditions and high
- Gastrointestinal disease (diverticular
disease, coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, Chron's disease,
irritable bowel syndrome)
- Surgery impacting gastrointestinal
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as chronic
constipation, diarrhoea, vomiting and reflux
- Long term tube feeding
- Cancer and related treatments
- Food allergy and intolerance
- Kidney and liver disease
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Childhood obesity
- Eating disorders
- Sport and fitness nutrition
You may self refer or be referred by your GP
or another health professional.
Inpatients are able to request a referral
through their nurse.
Private health fund rebates apply for dietetic
We recommend you check with your health fund
prior to consultation.
Department of Veterans Affairs clients are
We have worked closely with our catering
department to develop a comprehensive and flexible menu to ensure
therapeutic dietary needs are met and specific food preferences are
Please inform your admitting nurse of your
special dietary requirements, or if you have a severe allergy to
enable this to be relayed to the catering department.
Tel: 9722 1654
Fax: 9722 1650