At Boab Health Services, our dietitians are university-qualified professionals committed to providing evidence-based nutritional advice and deliver services in accordance with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Best Practice Guidelines.
What health conditions can dietitians help with?
Our dietitians provide support for a wide range of conditions including diabetes, kidney disease, anemia, cancer, eating disorders, overweight and obesity, gastrointestinal diseases and food allergies and intolerances.
Services we provide
Our dietitians provide individual consultations in local health clinics, offer community-based nutritional education and workforce development including staff in-services.
Our dietitians work with clients to:
- Assess nutritional needs;
- Provide nutrition counselling and motivational sessions and support to individuals and groups;
- Provide information and advice on healthy eating, as well as tailoring dietary advice for specific chronic health conditions;
- Identify personal goals and strategies to improve health outcomes;
- Provide individuals with the tools to live a healthy lifestyle in any setting.
Eligibility for our dietetic services
Our dietetic services are available to anyone who requires support to improve their nutrition. We prioritise appointments based on the urgency of need; and those with chronic health conditions.
Children are best to be referred by their health professional to our Paediatric Dietitians.
How to access our services
You will need a GP or other health care provider referral to access our services.
We accept MBS referrals for people with chronic health conditions and complex care needs. This program entitles you to access five (5) free allied health services (including podiatrists, dietitians or diabetes educators).
Your GP must prepare a GP Management Plan or a Team Care Arrangement and complete the Department of Health issued Referral Form. [link to form]
More information for health professionals on how to refer to our services is available here.
What to expect after your referral?
Once we have received your referral from your GP or health care provider, you will be contacted by your local health clinic or by Boab Health as soon as an appointment becomes available in your preferred location.
Our dietitians travel extensively across the Kimberley to provide outreach services to towns and communities in the region. Consequently, there may be wait times to access these services.
Appointments are made based on need, with urgent referrals being seen at the soonest possible time.
Cost of services
Our government-funded dietetic services are currently free-of-charge for eligible clients. In the future, we aim to provide Medicare-funded services offered for a fee.
While you wait for your appointment
Please contact your regular health professional if your symptoms worsen or if you have any urgent concerns. For emergency situations, always present to your local hospital or remote clinic.
We provide dietetic services out of our Broome office and at the Coolibah Health Centre in Kununurra.
Telehealth services are available in some instances.
For information on our service schedule, please visit our Outreach Services.
Services we don’t provide
We don’t provide inpatient dietetic services. These services are provided by WACHS who offer clinical dietetic services to all hospitals and WACHS Remote Clinics. For more information please contact them on (08) 9194 1630.
Community programs and health promotion
We aim to support patients to self-manage their chronic health conditions at home, to help reduce the need to travel far distances for ongoing treatment.
Regular programs we offer
Our dietitians offer a range of community-based health promotion initiatives including;
- Diabetes One Stop Shop (DOSS) – Brochure
- Food Sensations – Website
- Please visit our What’s On page to see our upcoming programs and events