Introducing Meagan Rose Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Are you unsure if you are meeting your body's nutritional needs? Are you concerned about your appetite or relationship with food?

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Did you know that a dietitian can empower you to optimise your nutrition, significantly benefiting your mental wellbeing?

Diet and lifestyle changes are a major contributor to mental wellbeing. Evidence suggests that mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, postnatal depression as well as symptoms experienced by people with ASD and ADHD can benefit from a team approach, including a food first and whole body approach to your diet. 

If you are looking for a holistic approach to support your mental health and wellbeing, make #timetothrive and book an appointment with Meagan today. 

This role statement was created by Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) working in mental health. It details the role of a dietitian working in the area of mental health. The following is extracted from Dietitians Australia.

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Importance of APDs in mental health

Dietitians are increasingly recognised as key members of the mental health care team to assist in improving both mental and physical health.

Diet plays an important role for overall mental wellbeing. Healthy diets are linked with good mental health; poor diets are linked with poor mental health. Dietary support should form part of the core treatment of mental illness. When used in ongoing treatment for mental illnesses like depressive disorders, dietary support can help to prevent, treat or manage symptoms.

Mental illness and substance use often negatively impact both dietary intake and physical health. Food intake and overall health are also affected by medication side-effects (such as increased appetite), symptoms of mental illness (like low motivation and low energy) and social determinants of health. If these concerns are not addressed, they can lead to physical illnesses like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The life expectancy of people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders in Australia is 10-to-16 years shorter than the rest of the population, mainly due to poor physical health. Diet improvement is critical for both prevention and management of physical illness.

What all APDs in mental health can do

Entry level competencies ensure all APDs can conduct assessments, diagnose nutrition issues, and develop, monitor and evaluate interventions. This applies to individuals, groups, communities, organisations, and population and systems levels. Dietitians in mental health have specific skills to:

What APDs with greater experience in mental health can do

As APDs gain experience and expertise in their area of practice, they can take on more complex tasks. Dietitians experienced in mental health may:

What APDs in mental health don’t usually do

Dietitians work closely with other professionals to ensure the best outcomes for the people they work with. However, dietitians don’t always provide the same services as non-dietitian colleagues. Unless they have further training and an extended scope of practice, dietitians in mental health and addiction don’t usually:

For more, download the full role statement from Dietitians Australia