King Edward Memorial Hospital
Nutrition and Dietetics Services
Dietitians at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women
(KEMH) provide ongoing assessment, advice and education
for patients attending a range of specialty
outpatient clinics. These services include:
- Nutritional Assessment
This process incorporates an evaluation of how well nourished
a person is and the nutritional requirements of that person
in the context of their medical problems. Any deficiency
in nutrient intake relative to recommended dietary intake
can be identified.
- Nutritional Counselling (Education)
A dietitian will provide information and food related
strategies to achieve optimal nutrient intake and minimisation
of disease symptoms.
- Preventative Nutrition Counselling
People at risk of disease or the complications of disease
are advised on diet related prevention.
- Provision of Therapeutic Diet
A dietitian will manage the food and fluid requirements
for inpatients on special diets through liaison with the
health care team and food services. Special diets are
constructed to help treat the individual's disease.
- Provision of Oral Nutrition Support
A dietitian will use a wide variety of foods, meal patterns,
fluids and nutritional supplements to optimise nutrient
The Statewide Service answers telephone queries from the community regarding neonates and women's nutrition issues.
It also provides telephone consultancy for health professionals on general nutrition issues for women and neonates.