Why I love being a Dietitian
Updated: Sep 19
Every one of our Dietitians is proudly an Accredited Practising Dietitian who works hard, is enthusiastic and so motivated to making such a positive difference to our clients, from young children in childcare, through the lifespan to residents in aged care. Our Dietitians have so much variety, which we all love with no 2 days are the same. Supporting clients 1-on-1, presenting nutrition training, developing Dietitian approved recipes and menus for aged care and childcare centres. Our incredible team of Dietitians are located all around Australia, including VIC, NSW, QLD, ACT and SA.
We are so proud of each of our Dietitians who represent OSCAR Care Group as the wonderful Dietitians they are. Special mention to Kiarra Martindale, Ashma Burathoki, Hannah Errington, Hannah Sallay, Hilda Albeayni, Kaylie Cochrane, Melanie Hudono, Moe Tsubokura, Natascha Rae, Peter Woon, Sarah Chater, Tony Lee, Verlencia Chu, Veronica Roman. We are so grateful for our team and the outstanding difference they make with personalised care to residents, staff and clients and to our amazing dietetic team every day!
Life is too short to be anything but happy, and our team certainly represents this. Find out below why our team loves being a Dietitian…
Hannah Errington, Why do you love being a clinical Dietitian?
My role as a clinical Dietitian brings me so much joy and fulfilment. Each day I am provided with incredible opportunities to have a positive impact on the health and lives of so many people. One favourite aspect of my work is having the opportunity to not only educate individuals on how nutrition impacts their particular health goals and/or concerns but also being able to work with that person to tailor the information to fit into their lives, goals, and food preferences. Being able to provide highly individualised care is a big passion of mine and something I am able to do every day in this job.
As a clinical Dietitian I work with a wide variety of clients with an even wider variety of health conditions. Often when working one on one with people, my focus is on finding all the foods they can include in their diet, rather than focusing on foods that need to be avoided. Examples of just some of the conditions I work with include malnutrition, diabetes, IBS, arthritis, osteoporosis, enteral feeding, cancer, dysphagia, and mental health.
Food is such a big part of our lives, and something that holds so much influence over our health and wellbeing. Working at OSCAR Care Group, I am often working with people dealing with various health conditions. This role provides me with an opportunity to ease some of the stress and anxiety of the people I see by providing detailed and personalised care, improving their health, and hopefully, making their life a little better.
Ashma Burathoki, Why do you love being a clinical Dietitian?
I love being a Clinical Dietitian as it provides me with an opportunity to help residents make a positive impact with their nutrition goals. This means I can assist residents in providing dietary recommendations and strategies by following evidence-based practice. I enjoy having a chat with the residents to help them in their nutrition journey by customizing their nutrition needs.
As a Dietitian I am passionate about keeping myself up to date with the latest research and guidelines so that I can implement it in my practice. Seeing small dietary changes relating to the residents' clinical conditions that has a positive impact in their daily nutrition motivates me to keep refining my skills and knowledge.
As a clinical Dietitian, having an understanding of the residents' clinical background and catering their diet accordingly definitely makes a difference in residents nutrition journey and health outcomes.
Hannah Sallay, Why do you love being a Dietitian who works on menus?
Within aged care settings, the risk of malnutrition is increased as a result of a multitude of factors such as reduced appetite, chronic disease and increased functional dependency. As residents of aged care homes rely entirely on their organisation’s food supply to meet their nutritional requirements, careful planning of a menu is fundamental in optimising nutrition intake and ensuring residents are best placed to achieve their health and nutrition goals. Furthermore, not only does food contribute to physical and functional wellbeing, but it also facilitates social engagement, food enjoyment and quality of life.
Within childcare settings, food plays an essential role in growth and development, however, it is also fundamental in the development of future eating habits.
As such, being able to create and contribute to menu planning is a privilege that isn’t taken lightly. Menu planning allows one to advocate for optimum nutrition care, ensure cultural, social and religious needs are accounted for, as well as to contribute to positive food relationships and optimal quality of life.
Veronica Roman, Why do you love being a Paediatric Dietitian?
As a Paediatric Dietitian, I'm passionate about working with babies, children, and adolescence to help them, thrive in their grow and develop. I'm all about creating tailored nutritional strategies to support a specific diet or need that's required. Food chaining can be used to expand fussy kids' diets by exposing them to more macro and micronutrients and considering the 5 food groups as well! Or perhaps it's helping teens develop healthy relationships and eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Parenting is difficult, so a Paediatric Dietitian can help you and your family get through tough times and make eating as simple as possible. Dietitians can help with picky eating, problematic eating, breastfeeding, starting solids, nutritional deficiencies, gut issues/intolerances, and weight concerns. You can also talk to a Dietitian about meal planning, meal prep, and other goals your family may want to accomplish.
Tony Lee, Why do you love being a NDIS Dietitian?
I’m passionate about helping people improve their health and well-being with food. As a Dietitian, I saw a lot of disability client struggled with healthy eating. It impacted the way they connected to community and had major negative impacts on their health and independence. The road to recovery was too long, but a proper diet for them to learn and enjoy can do for their health both physically and mentally. My experience allowed me to relate to more clients struggling with their diet and disability, helping them with healthy eating can help them with more independent and then connect to the community.
I love the flexibility of this work and how many topics I can cover with NDIS program as a Dietitian, but working with clients, carer, family members and other care team health professional to facilitate long-term care for client is what I Find the most rewarding. That’s why I love being a NDIS Dietitian. I see this as my best platform to make a positive impact to the community.
With a range of services and community partners, OSCAR Care Group can connect NDIS client to the community. Dietitian home visit can provide a 1:1 nutrition assessment, education and nutrition support in a range of areas. Assisting client to achieving their goals and independent.
Sarah Chater, Why you love being an Aged Care Dietitian?
I love being a Dietitian in Aged Care because I enjoy being able to make positive difference to the nutritional status of elderly people though evidenced based knowledge. It also makes me happy to see the Resident’s face light up when talking about their favourite meals, cultural foods and the fond memories they have. It’s deeply rewarding to witness the positive impact of dietary changes on their health, recovery and quality of life even in the later stages of life.
OSCAR Care Group can help improve nutrition in aged care in many ways! We can provide tailored dietetic assessments which are personalised to each resident, we have amazing education sessions for staff and can complete menu reviews and audits with a focus on food fortification. Along with all the other talents from our amazing team of dedicated Dietitians who are ready to deliver top-notch nutrition services in aged care settings.
Hilda Albeayni, Why do you love being a Private Practice Dietitian?
I love being a private practice Dietitian because it gives me the opportunity to connect with my clients and build strong relationships to support successful outcomes. Through one-on-one consultations, I can thoroughly conduct my assessments, develop a tailored dietary advice and dietary plan. I can also educate my clients on nutrition, as well as follow up with ongoing support and guidance. Unlike working in a hospital, working as a private practice dietitian offers a schedule with flexible hours and days of work. I can allow additional time for one consultation if necessary.
Working in private practice means that no day is like the other. I consult clients from different ages with a range of medical conditions including food allergy/intolerance, weight excess, chronic diseases such as Diabetes and kidney diseases, gastrointestinal issues, and many others.
Most of all, working in private practice is so rewarding personally, as nothing compares to the pride I feel when my clients achieve their nutritional goals and see an improved quality of life.
Within our Mulgrave clinic, our expert Dietitians are available to help one-on-one for all ages and can even conduct a telehealth appointment if you are unable to come to our clinic. Whether you have an EPC referral, private health insurance etc, we are here to help you!
Melanie Hudono, Why do you love educating people on nutrition as a Dietitian?
Natascha Rae, Why do you love being a Dietitian with a focus on diabetes?
I studied to become a Dietitian because of my love of food. Once I finished my education, I found that I enjoyed working with people 65 years and older. It is an unfortunate statistic that 1 in 4 people living in aged care homes have diabetes, therefore I felt that I needed to add an additional layer to my skillset to best support the clients and residents that I see.
Everyone is different, so I enjoy providing nutrition education that meets the persons individual needs. I also want to support the person living with diabetes by arming them with the right information to reduce any negative impact diabetes may have on their life. By doing this, my clients have the confidence to take control of their own health.
So how can I help? By offering personalised practical advice on healthy eating for diabetes that also takes into account any other medical conditions that may be present. If weight is an issue, then helping the client to work through barriers to gaining or losing weight and providing an eating plan that is sustainable. Providing education on how to read food labels is a big part, as this helps clients to understand what is in the food that they are eating. Providing education on the importance of monitoring blood glucose levels, to understand how food impacts these levels on an individual basis.
Verlencia Chu, Why do you love being a Dietitian?
I love being a Dietitian as I am able to make a positive impact on people's lives by helping them to make informed food choices which enable them to take control of their health through proper nutrition!
A Dietitian will be able to help clients to achieve their health goals through providing evidence-based nutrition knowledge and creating personalized nutrition plans for them while considering their current dietary habits and medical history.
We are so proud of our superstar Dietitians and so lucky and grateful for the team we have. If you would like to join to our team, we do have a few positions available. Apply through seek for current positions or shoot through your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org