Our mission: Great Nutrition, helping make the body strong, health and durable.

Just like nutrition is essential to help make our bodies strong, Dietitians are essential to the multi-disciplinary team.

Come be part of our exciting future - with new facilities and new ways of doing things. It is a great place to work, with a great team of colleagues and lots of opportunities.

Variety is this spice of life. We work across every clinical area (except Emergency Department) in a wide range of clinical specialties.

We have a number of specialist positions e.g. neonatal, paediatric, oncology and nephrology, community, diabetes and mental health, including eating disorders.

We work across the whole health care system, not just in the hospitals. We have Dietitians in primary care, community and public health, mental health, hospitality services and management. The Dietitians Network actively works to promote dietetics in Canterbury, encouraging communication and cohesive practice across the sector.

We are always looking at how we can improve. Our practice is dynamic. These are some of the things we are proud of:

  • working to implement international dietetic and nutrition terminology across the healthcare system
  • prescribing vitamins, minerals and special foods
  • making the most of technological advance to improve our efficiency and visibility in the healthcare workforce
  • a multi-disciplinary nutrition support team providing a MDT approach to problem-solving and patient care
  • our senior chef cooking class
  • workshops we deliver in the community i.e. nutrition risk screening
  • fruit and vegetable co-op for people on low incomes
  • setting up a single point of referral for all dietetic referrals in Canterbury.

We are also proud of our relationship with the University of Otago and the opportunities this gives us for research, and our dietetic mental health service is viewed nationally as a centre of excellence.

We take our professional development and career pathways seriously. Canterbury DHB offers a great deal of leadership – you can establish yourself as a specialist in your own area knowing you have the support of other Dietitians and allied health professionals.

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