What does a dietitian do?


Are you interested in seeing a dietitian?


Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university qualified health practitioners who use food and nutrition as therapy. Our role as part of the primary health care team in the community is to prevent and manage chronic disease, and provide symptom management and education. APDs are trained in Medical Nutrition Therapy, which is specific nutrition advice tailored to an individual, their medical conditions and their symptoms.


You may be aware of some of the important research that emphasises the crucial role good nutrition has in maintaining good health and in the prevention and treatment of disease states. Dietitians use evidence-based scientific information in order to tailor specific, patient-centred interventions, in a practical and manageable way. A common misconception about dietitians is that they only deal with weight loss or weight gain. This is far from the truth. We are trained to provide therapy for a range of conditions including food allergies/intolerances, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, gut disorders, mental illnesses, cancer, and many more.


What you can expect from seeing a dietitian:


  • A longer initial consultation where a detailed history is taken, including diet and medical history, social information and personal health goals – thus forming the basis on an ongoing trusting relationship.
  • Shorter, follow-up consultations where your dietitian will help you make a plan specific to you, monitor your progress, strategize and troubleshoot for future problems.


In order to assist you make practical, sustainable changes that will last a lifetime, more than one consultation is usually required.


If you have any questions about the role of a dietitian or would like to book an appointment with Sophie, our dietitian, call The Rosy Room on 07 3818 2067 or email info@therosyroom.com.au. Please ask our receptionist to send you a New Patient Form to fill out prior to your appointment so Sophie can provide the best care possible. If you have any relevant blood test results (e.g. cholesterol or blood lipid levels), please bring them along with your GP referral if you have one.