People with disabilities are at risk of a range of nutritional problems and therefore access to dietetic services is very important. Exact Physiology Dietitians can work with clients under the NDIS to improve their health, well-being and independence.
A Dietitian can assist individuals with the following common nutrition issues:
- Swallowing disorders and feeding difficulties e.g. post stroke, due to dementia, due to physical disability, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease etc.
- Transition to and maintenance of enteral/tube feeding
- Fussy eating/self limited diets common in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Undernutrition and nutrition support
- Changes to appetite or weight
- Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
- Weight management, particularly when it affects mobility and ability to undertake physical therapies
- Meal planning and preparation, cooking, food shopping and food safety
- Assistance and education in managing health conditions such as Diabetes, kidney disease, Anaemia, Osteoporosis and other bone problems, wound healing, depression, anxiety, food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea.
Benefits of Dietetic services:
- Improved food and fluid consumption
- Improved nutritional status
- Improved bowel pattern
- Increased immunity
- Lower rates of hospitalisation
- Improved health and well-being
- Reduced risk of co-morbidities such as Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Obesity
- Better quality of life
Our Dietitians strive to provide a person centered approach to ensure each individual’s needs, preferences and goals are recognised in their nutritional management plan. They also work closely with the multidisciplinary team including speech pathology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology and doctors to ensure the most effective management of their nutrition issues and other health problems.