About the Boab Health Services Dietetic Service

Boab Health Services currently employs three dietitians across the Kimberley region. The dietitians are based in Broome and Kununurra, and provide an outreach service to towns and remote communities.

Dietitians are university-qualified professionals committed to providing evidence based clinical nutrition practice. Boab Health Services dietitians deliver services in accordance with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Best Practice Guidelines. For further information, visit www.daa.asn.au.

Boab Health Services dietitians work with all health service providers and numerous community agencies and groups across the region to provide clinical outpatient services, community based nutrition education and staff training. Boab Health dietitians also contribute to capacity building within their profession by supporting dietetic student placements.

Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition, providing advice on individual health and lifestyle needs, conducting group education sessions and contributing to local and national food policy and advocacy issues.

Dietary choices and habits are influenced by many factors such as availability, cost, socio-economics, culture, advertising, convenience, tradition, religion, season, and personal preference to name a few. Dietitians facilitate patients to improve food choices, keeping all these factors in mind as well as nutrition requirements related to the medical conditions and physical activity level of the individual.

Referral Criteria

Referrals are accepted from all health professionals with patient consent. Referral criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes)
  • Antenatal care
  • Growth faltering
  • Renal disease (Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Transplant)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dyslipidaemia
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Food allergies
  • Chronic non-healing wounds
  • Digestive disorders

 

How do I refer to the Dietetic Service?

To facilitate efficient allied health consultation comprehensive clinical information is required. The preferred referral format is the Boab Health Services Allied Health Referral Form. Although referrals will be accepted via alternative formats (e.g. MMEx referral forms, MR52), Boab Health referral forms are a guide to the clinical information required.

Referrals will be accepted via:

  • Post (all referrals should be directed to the Broome office: PO Box 1548, Broome WA 6725)
  • Fax: 9192 7999 (all referrals to Broome office)
  • MMEx (“Boab Health Allied” account/not to individual clinicians)

Please see the Allied Health Referral Guidelines for more information about the referral process. Please note incomplete referrals will be returned.

 

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