A nurse checks on a patient in the cancer ward

Departments

Services

Inpatients

The Nutrition & Dietetics department provides service to all wards and units at all campuses.  Nutritional care of patients involves nutritional screening, assessment, provision of appropriate diet and fluids, monitoring, discharge planning, and education for patient, families and carers on discharge.

Outpatients

Dietitians see patients in a number of general and specialist outpatient clinics, and as part of outpatient group programs. Targeted areas include specialist surgery, cancer, endocrinology, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, weight control, wound management, continence management and dysphagia management.

Home & Community Services

Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN)

HEN is the provision of tube feeding (enteral nutrition) to people living at home, in community residential units, or supportive residential services. Our service allows patients to remain independent at home whilst receiving enteral nutrition, and can reduce the need for admission to hospital.

Home & Community Care (HACC)

The HACC program provides care to the frail aged and people with a disability and their carers, at home and in the community. The service helps people to be more independent, thereby enhancing quality of life and preventing admission to residential care.  Our Northern Metropolitan Region HACC dietetic service covers residents of the Cities of Darebin, Banyule, Whittlesea, and the Shire of Nillumbik.

This service receives funding from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Other services

The nutrition department provides services to several other programs for patients at home. These include Post Acute Care (PAC), Hospital in the Home (HITH), Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH), and Transitional care.

Service to War Veterans

The dietetics department provides extensive service to all war veterans and war widows via individual sessions, and group support programs.