A Holistic Approach To Wellbeing
Allied Health Services
Here at Lilley Place we believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing. Our allied health services work alongside our psychologists to support clients to feel better through a range of therapies. Our allied health services include: Nutrition services with our dietitians, Therapy Support with our Therapy Assistants and Exercise therapy with our Exercise Physiologist.
At Lilley Place we understand there are many factors that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of our clients. For this very reason, we believe Dieitians we be a great addition to our Allied Health Service. Everyone’s energy requirements are unique which is why it’s important to get the right amount of nutrients that nourish and fuel your body based on your needs and lifestyle. Through this collaborative approach to mental health and wellbeing we believe we can truly support your wellbeing journey and have a positive impact on your life.
Nutrition in relation to psychology
There are constant studies and research projects being conducted to support the link between diet quality and mental health concerns¹. Further research has provided us with the knowledge that nourishing the body with a wide variety of nutrients with limited processed foods can also appear to decrease the risk of developing depression as well as support a healthy mental state². We also now know that our gut microbiome play a role in the health of our mental state. The gut bugs that live in our microbiome are capable of communicating with the brain via chemical messages, which impact our mood². With all this emerging research and evidence on how the diet impacts our minds, we believe that our dietitians are an integral part of your wellbeing journey.
Chronic Disease Management
Here at Lilley Place we understand how stressful managing a chronic disease can be, which is why our collaborative approach to wellbeing is now an integral part of our service. Our Dietitians can assist with chronic disease management from an evidenced-based approach to simplify the process and guide you with the right tools, strategies and knowledge you need.. Whilst our dietitians focus on your nutrition, they do understand other factors in your life may be impacting on your health, so their goal is to help you feel better in your body and ultimately mange your chronic disease. We believe that health is not determined by a number on a scale and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
We can support the chronic diseases below:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Diabetes and insulin resistance
- Liver disease
- Renal function
- Neurodegenerative Diseases
When it comes to disordered eating, our dietitians will in most cases collaborative with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including your GP and Psychologist. Disordered eating is defined as an unhealthy or disturbed eating pattern. This could include skipping meals, restrictive eating and behaviours such as “dieting” which may lead to the development of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are complex and individual. They have physical health complications and are a life-threatening mental illness, not a lifestyle choice. At Lilley Place we have dietitians and psychologists who are skilled in this area.
We are passionate about providing holistic services to our NDIS clients so that they can get the support and guidance they need to live their best life. Our dietitian services can support diet management through individualised tailored nutrition plans. Within these sessions, we will also help to manage any food intolerances and/or health concerns. We also provide home visits to develop fundamental food prep and cooking skills such as, shopping list formulation, supermarket tours, recipe development and cooking classes. See Nutrition Pack Below.
Our Accredited Practising Dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy for conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, gastrointestinal difficulties, kidney disease, neurodegenerative diseases, mental health and stroke.
Allergies and Intolerances
A food allergy is an immune response to a protein component, where as a food intolerance does not involve the immune system but symptoms are present. If diagnosed with a food allergy we can help you navigate your diet. Otherwise, we will help you work through an elimination diet followed by a series of food challenges to find what foods are triggering discomfort.
Specific areas our dietitians can support you?
Nutrition Skills Package
The nutrition skills package is a 1-on-1 evidence-based 8 week program facilitated by our Accredited Practising Dietitians. It is individually tailored to suit your health, wellbeing and lifestyle needs. We believe with small achievable steps to keep things manageable, you will be able to create sustainable food habits for long term success. There are 8 topics covered throughout the duration of the program and they will teach you :
- The fundamentals of nutrition
- How to nourish your body
- Create long sustainable food habit for long term success
Kitchen Consultation Package
The Kitchen Consultation package is a 1-on-1 evidence-based program that translates nutrition information into practical hands-on cooking experiences. We believe long term sustainable habits are developed from being able to see, smell, touch, taste and get hands on with your food. There are 8 topics covered throughout the 4 week program that will help you to:
- Build a positive relationship with food
- Create and make a series of recipes to cook for family and friends
- Create long term habits and skills to build a healthy lifestyle
What can I expect in my first consultation?
The first consultation is about spending time getting to know you, your lifestyle, preferences and eating habits. We will work together to identify areas for improvement, set small achievable goals and prepare a plan for success. It it important not to expect a complete diet overhaul after your first consultation, as we are firm believers in progressive change.
The following sessions will be based on translating medical nutrition therapy into practical nutrition advice by working through how you can apply this to your lifestyle. Your dietitian is here to support you and problem solve barriers and challengers that may arise.
Do I need a referral to see a dietitian?
No, you can book in to see one of our Accredited Practising Dietitians whenever you’re ready. Medicare rebates are available for eligible clients with a referral from their GP. We also support NDIS self and plan managed participants.
What does a dietitian do?
An Accredited Practising Dietitian is a health professional that has extensive training, skills and knowledge in many areas of human nutrition to assist individuals to improve their overall health and wellbeing through dietary changes.
Within a supportive and non-judgemental environment, our dietitians work together with their clients and multidisciplinary team to improve their mental and physical health. A dietitian can provide evidence-based advice on a wide range of topics.
What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) is the only profession that has extensive training in evidenced-based medical nutrition therapy, making them experts in the field of nutrition.
Dietitians understand the science behind food and how to translate scientific nutrition information into practical dietary advice. Dietitians work with individuals, groups, communities and populations.