What is Dietetic Treatment?

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:

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

Who can Dietitians help?

Dietetic Treatment 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.

Dietetic Treatment 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.

Dietetic Treatment 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 Ddietian team

Ker Wei Ng
Tony Lee

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Tilegne Therapy is a multidisciplinary clinic that offers Speech, OT, Music Therapy and dietetics. We aim to offer a service where our therapists can work together in order to support the goals of each patient.

Why Choose Tilegne Speech Therapists ?

We Know We Are Impacting Your Child’s Life

Our Occupational Therapists know that their programs and intervention are helping our clients engage and participate in goal-directed activities to encourage functional independence. This is what motivates us every day to create engaging therapy activities to focus their learning while making Occupational Therapy fun.

We Empower And Educate Parents / Caregivers

The most important influence on achieving Occupational Therapy goals are the family members / caregivers who provide support outside of therapy sessions. We understand that teachable moments happen in every moment, and we will empower families to make the most of such moments by providing feedback, resources and tips to use at home.

Our Quest For Learning Never Ends

We know our clients deserve the best treatment approach, and it is this passion that drives us to regularly update our clinical skills and participate in ongoing professional development programs. Our Occupational Therapists hold full registrations with their professional associations and keep updated with the latest research in evidence-based practice in order to offer the most effective intervention for your needs.

Our Ability To Work With Clients With Diverse Needs

We spend time building rapport and understanding the uniqueness of each client, in order to deliver our client-centered holistic Occupational Therapy programs effectively. We know no two clients having the same “diagnosis” are ever the same, therefore we collaborate with the client for achievable goals of what they want to do, have to do, and need to do. Tilegne Occupational Therapy being a multidisciplinary practice can also offer a coordinated service across different professionals while being under the same therapy family.

Customised Treatment Strategies For Every Client

We know that every client is a unique individual despite having the same “diagnosis.” We personalise our therapy programs according to the Person-Environment-Occupation Performance (PEOP) model. Our sessions are fun, efficient, and outcomes-driven, according to the needs of each client, taking into account their intrinsic factors and extrinsic factors to assess their occupation and performance. Our customised Occupational Therapy programs adhere to research-based practice, and therapy goals are targeted using the SMART framework.

We Offer Something For Busy Parents

We offer a range of occupational therapy options such as Saturday appointments, school-based, childcare, or Telehealth sessions. We also assist in understanding the range of funding options that may be available for your child. We are registered with Medicare, NDIS, and private health insurers for suitable clients.

We Believe That Therapy Progress Can Be Made Anytime / Anywhere

Waiting times are stressful and clients’ learning potential could be stifled if intervention is delayed. We also believe that neuroplasticity happens at any age, and progress can be achieved with the right team, right motivation and effort and effective therapy programs. With our large team of experienced therapists, we can offer sessions with minimal wait times. Let us help you develop your potential in life.

Dietitians FAQs


General Questions

A dietitian is a health professional who works with individuals or groups to assist them in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. He or she helps you to understand the relationship between your food, eating patterns, and lifestyle and how to change them so that they promote good health. If you are overweight or obese, your local Melbourne dietitian can help you achieve a healthy weight by providing a personalized plan to suit your individual needs.

The role of a dietitian in Melbourne includes:

  1. counseling clients regarding their eating habits,
  2. assessing and evaluating the nutritional status of each client,
  3. developing individual dietary plans,
  4. monitoring the nutritional intake and physical activity levels of the client,
  5. educating the client about proper food preparation,
  6. teaching the client how to read and understand food labels,
  7. recommending appropriate foods for different dietary situations,
  8. suggesting ways to reduce energy intake, and
  9. helping the client in setting realistic goals regarding their weight.

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