Wellbeing. Locals seeking nutritional advice can take advantage of a new service offered through Medicare in Smithton.
Based at the Smithton District Hospital on the third Friday of every month between 10am and 4pm, dietitian Dr Diane Fletcher-Way will offer free appointments for clients who obtain an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referral from their GP, or private bookings at a fee.
Dr Fletcher-Way, of Sheffield, has been a nutritionist and dietitian for 25 years, registered and working in both America and Australia over that time
“Some of the reasons that people may want to come and see a dietitian is they could be pregnant and they want to be sure they’re eating well for themselves and their baby-to-be,” Dr Fletcher-Way said.
Others may want advice on caring for an elderly parent, whose tastebuds and nutritional needs have changed; or parents introducing solids to toddlers; or people with allergies and intolerances, to name a few.
Dr Fletcher-Way will also present a one-hour community seminar on how to read food labels in October and will discuss ways of dealing with gut issues in November.
Funded by the federal government, the service is delivered through the Department of Health and Human Services, with Dr Fletcher-Way sponsored by TAZREACH, which looks after the health needs of rural Tasmanians.
For more information, speak to your GP or phone Dr Fletcher-Way on 0419 365 810.
Appointments with dietitian Dr Diane Fletcher-Way can be made on the following days (bookings and GP referrals are essential).