Community Care Nutrition Service

The Community Care Nutrition Service provides support for adults who would like to improve their nutrition and health.

The Community Care Nutrition Service provides support for adults living in the ACT who would like to improve their nutrition and health. Our team of Dietitians and Allied Health Assistants can help you individually or as part of a group. Clinic appointments are available at Belconnen, Gungahlin, Phillip and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres. If it is not possible for you to attend a clinic, we offer telehealth services or can visit you at home.

The service is open to ACT residents over the age of 25. However, ACT Residents requiring support for tube feeding or with advanced kidney disease are eligible from 18 years of age.

The Community Care Nutrition Service is a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We can support you to develop a nutrition plan to meet your NDIS goals. Please note funding requirements may apply for NDIS participants.

Access to the service and appointment cancellations

You, your carer or your health professional can refer you to the Community Care Nutrition Service.

To book an appointment call the Central Health Intake service on 02 5124 9977 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 3:30pm on Wednesday.

If you are unable to attend your appointment please cancel or reschedule your appointment by calling the Central Health Intake service on 02 5124 9977 or complete an online form.

Individual appointments

We offer dietary assessments, advice and counselling for nutrition related needs. Services include:

  • Healthy eating advice: information on all aspects of nutrition including disease prevention, nutrient deficiencies, mental wellbeing and management of medical conditions
  • Unintentional weight loss support: help with poor food and drink intake, reduced appetite, malnutrition, losing weight without trying or being underweight
  • Kidney care: advice about kidney stones, chronic kidney disease and haemodialysis. We also have an Advanced Kidney Disease Nutrition Clinic
  • Support for weight concerns: expert guidance on weight issues and having a positive relationship with food
  • Heart healthy eating education: information on cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and diabetes risk
  • Gut health: advice on gut health including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and low FODMAP™ diets
  • Tube feeding: support with tube feeding at home
  • Neurological condition support: nutrition education to help with neurological conditions including Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Wound support: advice on diet and wound healing

If we do not offer the nutrition service you require, we can suggest another service that may meet your needs.

Home Enteral Nutrition Service

The Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Service can provide assessment, prescriptions and advice if you are living at home and need help with eating or drinking enough to meet your nutritional needs. This includes advice on Oral Nutrition Supplement products and tube feeding supplies.

Group Programs

We run a group nutrition program for adults who have weight concerns or want to follow a healthier diet. This program uses a healthy approach to eating, covers the latest nutrition advice and provides practical healthy eating tips.

Are you struggling to eat enough or losing weight without trying?

When you do not eat or drink enough to meet your body’s needs you may experience the following:

  • weight loss (having loose fitting clothes)
  • muscle and hair loss
  • weakness
  • falls
  • loss of appetite
  • wounds that don’t heal
  • confusion
  • dental problems

This is called malnutrition and is a serious health condition.

Talk to your GP, health professional or make a nutrition appointment by contacting the Central Health Intake service on 02 5124 9977 if you are worried that you or someone you care for may have malnutrition.

Community Weigh Scales

Community Weigh Scales are available at the University of Canberra Hospital’s Brindabella Rehabilitation Centre or the Village Creek Centre. The scales are a way for you to keep track of your weight if you do not have suitable scales at home. The scales are disability, mobility and wheelchair accessible. No bookings are required. Please see Community Weigh Scales for further information.

Page last updated on: 21 Jul 2020