Northland DHB Dietitians
Public Service, Other, Allied Health
Dietitians are registered health practitioners who evaluate scientific evidence about food and nutrition and translate it into practical strategies.
Dietitians use their dietetic knowledge, skills, and judgement in a variety of contexts, which includes promoting and protecting public health, directing and delivering medical nutrition therapy services, and managing food and health systems. They may perform a variety of functions, including direct clinical roles, policy development, leadership, management, research, education, and communication roles.
Dietitians are accountable for ensuring that their practice is consistent with the Dietitians Board’s competency requirements, Code of Ethics and Conduct, and relevant legislation. Dietitians with a prescribing endorsement are able to prescribe special foods and approved nutrition-related medicines.
The dietitian will read your medical notes and check your blood results, measure your height and weight or waist circumference and ask questions about your usual meal pattern, food choices and lifestyle. This will allow them to provide you with tailored information that will fit in with your life and support optimal health. They will work with you and your family/whānau to help you to plan realistic nutrition and lifestyle changes. The dietitian will explain any recommendations made and why they are needed and may provide written information to take away.
Work together with the dietitian by:
- telling us as much as you can about the foods you choose and the amounts that you eat and drink
- asking about things you don’t understand
- trying the changes suggested by the dietitian
- telling us about how the changes are going and if you are managing them
- telling us if you have difficulty understanding the written and/or spoken information
Procedures / Treatments
For General Health Eating Information and Patient Resources Refer to:
Hannah McCarrison- Professional Advisor, Dietetics, Northland District Health Board
2 Hospital Road
2 Hospital Road
Private Bag 9742
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This page was last updated at 3:42PM on May 25, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Dietitians.