Your doctor, nurse, clinical specialist, or other health professional may refer you to a dietitian. Dietitians give practical strategies for healthy eating. They often treat people who:
The help dietitians provide is based on research and scientific evidence. Dietitians give custom support guidelines to help people reach personal goals. They can prescribe nutritional supplements, minerals, vitamins, and total parental nutrition, but unlike nutritionists they do not give set food plans.
Visit the Dietitians NZ website for more information about dietitians and what they do.
Dietitians usually see people in hospital, or at clinics in Westport, Reefton, Greymouth, and Hokitika. They can also visit homes and rest homes if needed.
Vicki Clarke, the visiting dietitian from Christchurch, visits Buller Health in Westport and Parfitt Ward at Greymouth Hospital several times a year for face-to-face meetings with young people needing dietitian support. She regularly talks to her patients by phone or videoconference.
Community & Public Health has produced some advice about getting prepared for emergencies if you have an infant under 12 months old.
Page last updated: 17 April 2019
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