Nutrition and Dietetics

The Nutrition and Dietetic Services of Monash Health aim to provide a high quality professional service which is patient focused.

Dietitians have specialist knowledge of nutrition and health throughout all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation, paediatrics, rehabilitation and aged care. Dietitians provide services to all inpatient clinical programs and selected outpatients (refer to specific hospitals for details of services).

Dietetic consultations require a medical/nursing/allied health referral. Referrals can also be made to Dietitians in Community Health, Community Rehabilitation and to Dietitians who provide services in the home as appropriate.

Monash Medical Centre, Clayton

Nutrition and Dietetics provides a seven-day a week onsite service to all Monash Medical Centre Clayton clinical units, both inpatients and outpatients with an on call service provided to Moorabbin on weekends and public holidays. At Clayton, services are provided to a range of clinical areas including paediatrics, adolescents, cystic fibrosis, clinical nutrition, renal, neurosciences, cardiology, intensive care, gastroenterology, women’s health, endocrinology and stroke. A clinical dietetic service is also provided to Stepping Stones and Jessie McPherson Private Hospital. The provision of enteral and infant formula is provided by Nutrition and Dietetics Formula Room at Clayton. The department has a close working relationship with food service and works together to cater for the special dietary needs of Monash Medical Centre patients.

Dandenong Hospital

Nutrition and Dietetics at Dandenong Hospital provides services to a range of clinical areas including paediatrics, general medical, cardiology, intensive care, gastroenterology, orthopaedic, plastics, endocrinology, mental health, day chemotherapy, sub-acute care and stroke.

Casey Hospital

Nutrition and Dietetics at Casey Hospital provide a wide range of acute and sub-acute services, including surgery, medicine, rehabilitation, paediatrics (including Special Care Nursery), obstetrics, palliative care, mental health, primary care, haemodialysis and emergency services.

Kingston Centre

Nutrition and Dietetics at Kingston Centre is part of the Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services (RACS) in Monash Health. Dietitians provide services to inpatient rehabilitation and aged sub-acute inpatients, the low care residential unit (Eastwood Hostel) at Kingston Centre as well as the Aged Persons Mental Health Program, both Residential (Mooraleigh and Allambee) and Aged Psychiatry Assessment Unit (Biala) located at Kingston Centre and off site. The Dietitians also provide services to Pain Clinic, Continence Clinic and Movement Disorders Clinic. There are professional links with Rehabilitation in the Home, Transition Care Program, Community Rehabilitation Centres and other community based services.

Moorabbin

Nutrition and Dietetics provide a range of acute, surgical and specialist inpatient services to Moorabbin Hospital, one of Victoria’s leading medical and research facilities, and premier integrated cancer treatment centre: Monash Cancer Centre, incorporating Monash Health’s Chemotherapy Day Unit and Peter MacCallum Radiotherapy. Clinical areas of medical oncology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are co-located with major surgical oncology units including breast oncology, gynae-oncology, urology and head and neck. Dietetics is a member of the ENT Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and services its outpatient clinic. Non-malignant surgical units include orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).

The hospital also hosts the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services (SMICS) of which Moorabbin dietitians have professional links, with involvement in a number of quality improvement projects, research and initiatives to improve the quality and continuity of patient care across the southern Melbourne region. Additionally, Moorabbin dietitians have research and project collaborations with the Victorian Department of Health, Malnutrition in Victorian Cancer Services (VICS) Governance Group and state wide nutrition working parties.

The Moorabbin Satellite Renal Haemodialysis Unit is also located at Moorabbin Hospital. It is one of four servicing the south–east Melbourne metropolitan region and operates from Monday, Wednesday, Friday (7.00am-11.30pm) and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (7.00am-7.00pm). Our renal dietitian provides ongoing assessment, education, monitoring and nutritional supplementation as required for the 15 bed unit over 3 sessions: morning, afternoon and evening.

Services Offered

Nutrition & Dietetics provides inpatient and outpatient services to both adults and children under the care of Monash Health requiring nutrition intervention/dietary management for a variety of clinical conditions.

  • Nutrition and Dietetics have a close working relationship with the Food Services Department to provide quality meals which cater for special dietary requirements.
  •  Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash Health is also involved in training Nutrition and Dietetics students within the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University.
  • Our service also provides training and education in nutrition for other health professionals and allied health students.
  • Nutrition & Dietetics also operates the Home Enteral Nutrition Program for people requiring long term enteral nutrition support.

Outpatient Services

Nutrition and Dietetics provides outpatient services to adults, adolescents and children requiring nutrition counselling and dietary management for a variety of clinical conditions. The Dietitian works within interdisciplinary clinics including medical and nursing, as well as Dietitian specific clinics, to service specialist outpatient clinics covering conditions such as: diabetes, gestational diabetes, paediatrics, paediatric diabetes, paediatric renal, cystic fibrosis, mental health, oncology, Parkinson’s disease, incontinence, pain, renal impairment requiring peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis, and long term enteral nutrition support.

The outpatient clinics are provided at various Monash Health sites. Monash Health patients are generally eligible for these clinics. Written referrals are required from a clinician and should indicate that it is valid for an indefinite period. Most clinics serviced by Nutrition and Dietetics are Medicare eligible.

Clinicians - please also refer to below link for further referral information click here.

Key Contacts

Name Title/Position Phone Number
Mary Anne Silvers    Senior Manager of Nutrition & Dietetics 9928 8368
Alison Stewart Clinical Manager – Kingston Centre 9265 1823
Raisa Shaikh Clinical Manager- Dandenong & Casey Hospitals 9554 8358
Andrea Elliott Clinical Manager – Monash Medical Centre, Clayton & Moorabbin   9594 4182