The Department of Nutrition & Food Services at the
Royal Children's Hospital provides a dietetic
service to all inpatient units and to specialist outpatient
clinics. A limited service is available to general outpatients (no
referrals are accepted from outside the hospital).
Dietitians are university qualified specialists in the area of
nutrition and its role in health and disease. The Dietitians
at the Royal Children's Hospital are available to consult on all
aspects of infant and child nutrition including assessment,
recommendations for nutritional management and implementation of
therapeutic diets within the hospital. Dietitians can discuss
nutritional needs for the home with the family and can provide
education on normal nutrition and any modifications that may
be needed for special diets.
Dietitians also work as consultants providing nutrition
information to both hospital staff and groups outside the hospital
such as community groups, parents and other professionals.
Basic information about infant and child nutrition, including
composition of the commonly used formulae is contained in the
Paediatric Handbook. Further details on infant formulae are
available on request.
Inpatient referrals can be made by
contacting the unit Dietitian directly, details of unit Dietitians
are available via Allied Health reception on 03 9345 9300.
Referrals are accepted from
RCH Doctors only. There is no charge for this
service. Please note that referrals for weight management are not
accepted in our department and should be directed to the Weight
Management clinic in the outpatient department.
The Royal Children's Hospital Dietetics
department does not offer outpatient consultation for private
patients. Details of private Accredited Practising Dietitians in
your area can be found at: www.daa.asn.au
Children requiring home tube feeding
can be registered for the Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN)
Program. This is a government funded initiative that allows
us to provide families with equipment and formula required for tube
feeding. This program is available only to public
patients who attend RCH for their medical management.
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Telephone +61 3 9345 5522
50 Flemington Road Parkville
Victoria 3052 Australia