Medical nutrition therapy

In addition to providing guidance and support to individuals to achieve their optimal nutritional status through lifestyle and dietary adaptations, dietitians are registered health professionals who assist individuals to prevent and manage a range of medical conditions that are affected by nutritional status and dietary intake. This includes, but are not limited to:

Nutrition through the lifecycle

  • Pre-pregnancy & fertility
  • Pregnancy (Including gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia etc.)
  • Infant & young child nutrition – including breastfeeding support (more information under ‘Lactation Consultation and Support’), support for ‘fussy’ eaters, ADD/ADHD and autism spectrum disorder
  • Healthy eating for adolescents
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Healthy eating for the elderly

Lactation Consultation and Support

  • Nipple or breast discomfort or pain
  • Engorged breasts
  • Nipple thrush (mom) or oral thrush (baby)
  • Assessment of infant tongue tie/lip tie
  • Recurring blocked milk ducts (plugged duct/nipple bleb)
  • Low (or perceived low) milk supply
  • Baby’s slow weight gain
  • Expressing, storing and feeding breast milk
  • Breastfeeding following surgery
  • Sustaining breastfeeding when returning to work
  • Introduction of complementary foods

Optimising personal nutrition

  • Optimal gut health
  • Disease prevention
  • Supporting immunity
  • Dietary preferences (e.g. vegetarianism, veganism, plant based eating)
  • Eating disorders
  • Understanding diet trends (banting, keto, paleo, dukan)
  • Attaining and maintaining optimal weight

Nutrition deficiencies

  • Iron deficiency and anaemia
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Other vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Ensuring optimal nutrition according to dietary preferences, e.g plant-based eating, vegetarian, veganism

Chronic diseases of lifestyle

  • Overweight/obesity
  • Diabetes (Type II)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated cholesterol and other blood fats
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Cancer prevention and nutrition therapy during treatment

Inflammatory conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Food intolerances, allergies and aversions

Disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract

  • Reflux/heartburn
  • Stomach and other intestinal ulcers
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diverticular disease
  • Gastritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohns’ disease)
  • Constipation

Endocrine / hormonal disorders

  • Hyper/hypothyroidism & diseases of the thyroid
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Sports Nutrition

  • Dietary advice to support general fitness or improve sport performance, including post-exercise recovery