Nutrition & dietetics

The Nutrition Department provides care to inpatients and outpatients of the hospital with nutritional conditions related to women’s health.

Our dietitians have specialist knowledge of nutrition and women’s health throughout all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation, preterm babies, adolescents and older women’s health. 

Our treatment focusses on promoting good health through good food and nutrition and on the treatment of diseases and conditions that are related to food and nutrition.

The Nutrition department also works closely with the Food Services department to ensure that the hospital meals are nutritious and appropriate to meet the needs of our patients.

Health issues treated

Dietitians provide expert advice on issues such as:

  • Premature babies
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Weight management
  • Adolescent health
  • Reproductive health, including polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction causing bowel symptoms such as incontinence and constipation
  • Women’s cancer
  • Menopause and older women’s health

What we do

A dietitian will assess your medical and nutritional problems, identify appropriate interventions and support you in making diet and lifestyle changes where necessary.  Dietitians work as part of multidisciplinary teams and liaise with other health professionals involved in your care.

Information for patients

Your first appointment

After you have been referred to a Diet Clinic by a doctor or nurse, you will receive a letter from the Women’s with an appointment time and clinic location details.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, or need to change the time, please contact the Clinic as soon as possible so that we can make another appointment for you.


Outpatient appointments require a valid referral from a GP, specialist or other hospital department.  Referrals are valid for 12 months.

What to bring

  • Test results if relevant
  • Your Medicare card
  • Your Health Care card (if you have one)

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