Dietetic service is provided to Caulfield Hospital's inpatient units/wards, extended and interim residential care units, outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation unit and the Caulfield Community Rehabilitation Centre (both centre and home based teams).
The aim of the service is to assist in optimising patients, residents and client's health, nutritional status and quality of life. The Dietitians perform nutrition assessments, prescribe therapeutic diets and/or nutrition support and provide dietary counselling and education. The Nutrition Assistant’s provide dietetic support through nutrition risk screening and monitoring of patients at nutritional risk.
The Nutrition department works closely with the Caulfield Hospital Food Service team to establish nutritional specifications and meal delivery standards to ensure the nutritional needs of the patients and residents are met. The department is also responsible for the selection, tendering and clinical management of enteral formulas and oral supplements.
The Nutrition Department operates as an amalgamated department as part of Alfred Health. The department is involved in the clinical teaching and supervision of students undertaking the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University and Latrobe University.