Dietetics

At Tilegne Therapy, we believe Dietitians are for everyone. According to Dietitian Australia “Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice, and practise in line with DA Professional Standards”.Tilegne Therapy Dietitians are registered with Dietitians Australia and we are a registered NDIS provider and were certified by GCC Global Compliance Certification. Our Dietitians understand that each person’s situation, medical condition and circumstances are different, hence we will assess and recommend strategies and solutions that are individualised to you. Our dietitians will track outcome measures to track progress towards goals and to demonstrate improvement over time to ensure you receive the best care. Our dietitians also collaborate with other healthcare professionals and can consult with corporate organisations, food manufacturers, schools and health care facilities to develop nutrition communications, programs and policies.

How do I prepare for a dietitian appointment?

The top 3 things to bring to your dietitian appointment are:

1.    An open and positive mindset to improve your health

2.    A list of medications/supplements you currently use

3.    Your own personal health nutrition goals, and/or NDIS goals

It can also be helpful to pre-complete a food record – we can provide you with an easy to fill out template for this

Dietetics For Kids

Tilegne Therapy has experienced peadiatric dietitians who have extensive experience with a wide range of disabilities and feeding issues such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, intellectual disability, fussy/ picky eating and children’s nutrition. Our dietitians use a family approach to help with your child’s weight concerns and faltering growth. Treating deficiencies early on in age is important as it may have significant impacts on your child’s well-being, growth and learning development.

Fussy eating can be a distressing situation at mealtimes and may lead to household conflict over food and concerns over a child’s development. Unhelpful media portrayal, comments by well-meaning family members or friends may cause further stress to parents of a fussy eater. Tilegne Therapy dietitians work with parents in a family approach to guide parents and instill confidence to understand their child’s food preferences, and make their child feel comfortable with a wider variety of foods. Sometimes parents may be recommended to see a speech pathologist who is trained in the SOS approach to feeding therapy as a complement to dietitian services.

For future mums-to-be, our dietitians can also assist in antenatal and postnatal nutrition starting with getting your body prepared for pregnancy by providing healthy pre-pregnancy meal plans. What you eat and drink now can affect the health of the mother and baby for future years to come. During your pregnancy, our dietitians can ensure that you are eating the right amount of nutrients and minerals for your growing baby. And when it is time for breastfeeding, our dietitians will be there every step of the journey to ensure adequate and nutritious breast milk feeding for your baby.

Dietetics For Adults

Tilegne Therapy dietitians can help with managing a wide range of acquired conditions such as heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerances, disordered eating and overweight and obesity.

Clients who are keen to embark on a plant-based diet such as a vegan and or vegetarian diet, it is absolutely important to see a dietitian regularly to ensure you are taking adequate amounts of certain nutrients. Key nutrients to be aware of are iron, B12, calcium and omega-3 fats.

For clients who are facing autoimmune diseases such as coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut issues, constipation or diarrhoea, Tilegne Therapy dietitians can assist with recommending anti-inflammatory foods and improving gut health to help manage your disease. Sometimes a low FODMAP diet may be recommended for individuals who are seeking to identify trigger foods and is for short-term use only. A low FODMAP diet should be embarked only under the guidance of a qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian.

If you have an allergy or intolerance to certain foods, consulting with a dietitian before you eliminate any foods from your diet is recommended so that your health and well-being is not compromised. Food intolerance is often mistaken for a food allergy, and we recommend professional consultation to receive the correct diagnosis.

Dietitians for Seniors

Our dietitian team is experienced with helping with a wide range of disabilities and conditions such as Intellectual disability, spinal cord injury, neurological conditions such as Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alxheimer’s Dementia, Acquired brain injuries and stroke.

Some seniors may suffer from diabetes and our dietitians are able to assist with managing blood sugar levels. For seniors with weight fluctuations particularly after long periods of illness or infection, Tilegne dietitians are able to assist with education on label reading, grocery shopping and meal preparation. We are also able to provide options for meal deliveries to ensure it is appropriate for our client’s needs and cultural preferences.

Tube feeding or enteral nutrition may also be a common condition that our aged members of the community may experience. There are different types of tube feeding including nasogastric tube feeding (NGT) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) that require specially formulated supplements. Sometimes these clients may suffer from dysphagia, a swallowing problem of the muscles, which may involve collaboration with a speech pathologist. Tilegne dietitians can work with you and your healthcare professionals to develop a tailored, culturally-appropriate and age-appropriate feeding regime according to your preferences.

Our dietitians are skilled to help with:

●     Gastrointestinal issues e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food intolerances, Coeliac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis,

●     Diverticulitis

●     Diabetes education and management strategies.

●     Women’s Nutrition e.g. Pregnancy, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Lactation, Endometriosis, Menopause

●     Weight management strategies.

●     Dietary plans targeting cardiac rehabilitation, e.g., cholesterol management.

●     Dietary management of kidney and liver failure.

●     Dietary advice to optimise strength and recovery post falls, surgery or fracture (osteoporosis).

●     Maintaining nutrition through cancer treatment.

●     Assessing individual nutritional needs.

●     Dysphagia- in conjunction with speech pathology assessment for difficulty with chewing, swallowing

●     Developing personalised eating plans following acquired brain injuries and stroke.

●     Targeting unintentional weight loss, decreased appetite or low oral intake.

●     Meeting nutritional requirements (post-surgical clients, oncology, trauma).

Contact Us

Our Clinic Locations :

80 Paisley St Footscray, VIC 3011

1A Austin St Balwyn, VIC 3103

17 Pickett Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

Contact Hours :

Monday – Saturday : 9am to 5:30pm

Phone :

(03) 9067 6888
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