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Nutrition and Dietetics

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About Dietetic services at Peninsula Health

Dietitians are essential members of the health team. They assist patients in their journey to achieve their food and nutrition goals using an evidence based practice approach. They assess the nutritional status of patients, plan appropriate nutrition interventions, and provide nutrition education accordingly. The Nutrition and Dietetics department works actively with Food Services to ensure the provision of a high quality food and nutrition service for patients.

Nutrition and Dietetics at Peninsula Health comprises a team of more than 20 Dietitians, providing optimal nutritional care to consumers on the Peninsula. The Dietitians care for inpatients, outpatients and clients in the community. These integrated services ensure consumers experience a continuum of care – from hospital, through rehabilitation and then into the community setting.

Nutrition and Dietetics has a strong commitment to clinical excellence and research. We are committed to ensuring best practice in service delivery through the active promotion of quality improvement activities, supported by a structured quality program. We actively promote and support ongoing professional development and a clinical supervision framework supports our dietitians.

Service Locations

Peninsula Health Dietetic services are delivered in multiple programs and sites across the health service including:

  • Acute services: Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital
  • Subacute services: Golf Links Road Frankston, The Mornington Centre, Rosebud Hospital
  • Emergency Department: Frankston Hospital
  • Acute outpatients: Frankston Hospital

Community Rehabilitation Program: Golf Links Road, Rosebud Hospital Community Health services: Frankston, Mornington, Hastings, Rosebud

For Patients

Finding us

There are Peninsula Health Dietetics services on a number of sites across the Mornington Peninsula. These sites include Frankston Hospital, Frankston Integrated Health Centre, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation, The Rosebud Campus, The Mornington Centre, Mornington Community Health Centre and Hastings Community Health Centre. Services are provided to inpatients and outpatients.

Service Locations

Frankston Hospital
2 Hastings Road
FRANKSTON 3199
Ph: 9784 8100

Hastings Community Health
185 High Street
HASTINGS 3915
Ph: 5971 9100

Mornington Community Health
62 Tanti Avenue
MORNINGTON 3931
Ph: 5970 2000

Rosebud Community Health
1527 Point Nepean Road
ROSEBUD WEST 3940
Ph: 5986 9250

Golf Links Road Rehabilitation
125 Golf Links Rd
FRANKSTON VIC 3199
Ph: 9783 7288

Services

Inpatient services

Dietitians service the inpatient wards at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals. Speciality services include gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, neurology, intensive care, general medicine, respiratory medicine, wound healing, cardiology, diabetes, women’s health, maternity, paediatrics, renal and mental health. Rehabilitation and aged cares services are provided at Golf Links Road Frankston Community Rehabilitation centre, The Mornington Centre and Rosebud Rehabilitation Unit.

Outpatient services

There are a number of outpatient clinics and groups where you can see a dietitian including:

  • Specialists Outpatient clinics: Oncology, diabetes, gestational diabetes, PEG clinic, maternity/women’s health, paediatrics and mental health.
  • Community Health and Community Rehab Program: Weight loss, malnutrition, management of chronic disease, food allergies and intolerances, eating disorders, general nutrition, group sessions.
  • Group sessions: Community health, gestational diabetes, antenatal, mental health
  • Chemotherapy day units at both Frankston and Rosebud Hospital

Your GP or specialist doctor can refer you to see our dietitians via a written referral.

A central service called “ACCESS” is responsible for receiving all Community referrals and booking initial appointments. Your doctor can fax the referral to ‘ACCESS’ on 9784 2309 or you can phone ACCESS on 1300 665 781

There may be a wait for your initial appointment date, as there is often a high demand for appointments.

Dietitians can visit you in your home under specific conditions, where this is not practical in the hospital or outpatient settings.

Interpreters

If you require an interpreter to be present during your Dietitian session, please let the reception staff know and this can be arranged for you.

For Dietetics Students

Overview

The Nutrition and Dietetics department has a teaching partnership with Monash University School of Nutrition and Dietetics, providing student clinical, public health and food service placements.

Structure

Teaching and supervision is principally provided by our Grade 2 Dietitians to students across a number of different clinical areas and sites. These placements are designed to provide students with experience in the nutritional management of a wide variety of medical conditions.

Job Opportunities

A strength of our service is the number of our final year students who in recent years have commenced their careers with Peninsula Health upon graduation.

Links and Resources

There is an abundance of nutrition information on television, in books and on the internet these days. Not all of this information is correct, and some can be very misleading. There are a number of professional organisations who provide free and accurate expert information on nutrition.
Below are links to these websites.

Contact Us

Nutrition Department
Frankston Hospital: (03) 9784 2660

Senior Dietitians
Frankston Hospital (03) 9784 2742
Rosebud Hospital (03) 59860704
The Mornington Centre (03) 9784 8693
Frankston Community Rehabilitation Unit, Golf Links Road (03) 9784 8646