Dietetics and Nutrition

Eat Well Stay StrongThe Dietetics and Nutrition Department provides specialised assessment and management of nutritional and dietary issues for inpatients and outpatients at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Our Dietitians also work closely with our Dietary Assistant and Catering Department to ensure the specialised dietary requirements of patients are met.

We provide a range of inpatient services across various specialties such as:

  • Cancer (Head and Neck, General and Haematology)
  • Cardiac Care
  • Critical Care
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology including liver transplants
  • General Medicine including eating disorders
  • General Surgery and other surgical specialities
  • Geriatrics
  • Haematology
  • Renal including renal transplants
  • Neurology, Neurosurgery and Stroke
  • Orthopaedics
  • Respiratory
  • State Epilepsy Service
  • Vascular

Our team of Dietitians also provide outpatient services in the following specialties:

  • Bariatrics (restricted to patients undergoing bariatric surgery at SCGH)
  • Cancer (Head and Neck, General and Haematology) in the Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Cystic Fibrosis including Telehealth
  • Neurology including Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and the ketogenic diet for epilepsy
  • Renal
  • Diabetes including the Young Adult Diabetes Service (YADS)
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Referrals to the Dietitian are only accepted under the following circumstances:

  1. The patient is currently under the care of a Medical Consultant in a specialist outpatient clinic located at SCGH;
  2. The patient is currently seen by or has an upcoming appointment booked with the referring Medical Consultant in their specialist outpatient clinic located at SCGH; and
  3. The patient has a valid referral to the Dietitian (is referred by the Medical Consultant within the last 12 months)

Please note that no external or GP referrals are accepted.

There is no capacity for general dietary or weight management advice in our outpatient clinics. Patients requiring these services can access the following:

  • Osborne Park Hospital Nutrition and Dietetics Outpatient Clinic. This service is only available to patients with a written referral from their GP and who live within the NMHS catchment. Your GP can download the Dietetics Referral Form (PDF) or the referral form (Word). There is no cost associated with this service. Once a referral is received an appointment letter will normally be mailed within ten (10) working days.
  • A private practising dietitian in the community. Go to the DAA website to search for a private dietitian in your local area. Medicare rebates may apply for patients with chronic conditions and complex care needs. A referral from the GP is required
  • The Nutrition Clinic (PDF) (Edith Cowan University, Joondalup)

For any HEN queries or orders, please ring the HEN Hotline on (08) 6457 1992 available 24/7.

Please leave a clear voice message providing the information requested on the message. Also note that orders can only be processed on the next business day from when the voicemail message was left.

Outpatient Clinic Forms

Any extra information regarding your food and fluid intake, symptoms and weight is very useful to bring to your appointment with the Dietitian. Use the forms below to start tracking:

Food and Symptom Diary (Word) - to track your usual food and fluid intake and any troublesome symptoms related to eating

Weight Tracking Form (PDF) - to track any changes in your weight

Initial Dietetic Appointment Questionnaire (PDF) - to provide further information if attending the Cancer Centre

High Protein High Energy Recipes

Sustagen® Powder Hospital Formula Cookbook (PDF)

Ensure® Powder Cookbook (PDF)

Sustagen Neutral Mixing instructions (PDF)

AdVital™ Powder Cookbook- Flavour Creations (PDF)

High Protein High Energy Recipes - NEMO (PDF)

High Protein High Energy Drinks - NEMO (PDF)

Recipes for People Affected by Cancer (PDF)

Making the Most of Every Bite Recipe Book (PDF)

Further Reading - Nutrition and Cancer

Nutrition and Cancer (PDF)

Preventing Weight Loss - Why it is Important for People with Cancer (PDF)

Understanding Malnutrition and Cancer (PDF)

Cancer and Diet Theories (PDF)

High Protein High Energy Diet (PDF)

High Protein High Energy Plant-Based Alternatives (PDF)

Eating Advice During Radiotherapy (PDF)

Nausea and Vomiting (PDF)

Diarrhoea During Cancer Treatment (PDF)

Loss of Appetite (PDF)

Pain with Swallowing (PDF)

Sore Mouth or Throat (PDF)

Understanding Taste and Smell Changes (PDF)

Eating Well - A practical guide for people living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDS, MPN and related blood disorders (PDF)

Beyond Five: The Face of Head and Neck Cancer (external site)

Dietary Handbook: Managing Dietary Symptoms for People with Pancreatic Cancer (PDF)

Nutrition and Neuroendocrine Tumours (PDF)

MPN and related blood disorders (PDF)

Mouth Health and Cancer Treatment (PDF)

Exercise for People Living with Cancer (PDF)

Exercise and Eating Well: Managing Changes During Cancer Treatment (Webinar) (external site)

Understanding Complementary Therapies (PDF)

Enteral Feeding

How to Administer a Syringe Bolus Feed Through a Gastrostomy Tube (Vodcast) (external site)

How to Administer a Gravity Bolus Feed Via a Nasogastric Tube (Vodcast) (external site)

How to Administer Medications Via a Feeding Tube (Vodcast) (external site)

Other languages

Eating Well During Cancer Treatment (PDF)

Preventing Weight Loss - Why it is Important for People with Cancer (external site)

Last Updated: 03/08/2020