WellSouth has three New Zealand Registered Dietitians that cover all of Otago and Southland.
The Dietitians work with WellSouth’s Long Term Conditions Team to help people and whānau manage one or more of the following:
Type 2 diabetes
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) including:
High blood pressure
Nutrition related concerns such as yo-yo dieting, weight cycling or any eating behaviours that cause distress but are not an eating disorder
Micronutrient deficiencies related to diet, including in vegetarian and vegan diets
Upper gastrointestinal problems e.g. peptic ulcer, indigestion, hiatus hernia
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 1 - 3 with no electrolyte abnormalities
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Nutrition advice for pregnancy and breastfeeding
Young fussy eaters with no faltering growth, underlying health problems or nutrient deficiencies
The range of services offered by the Dietitians at WellSouth means that there is something to suit everyone, including those living rurally. All of our services are completely FREE and are provided by our responsive and qualified team.
If you are ready to make positive lifestyle changes and would like help from a Dietitian, you can fill in this form or contact us as below for more details about what we can offer you.
Alternatively, you can be referred through your GP, Practice Nurse, Health Coach or Green Prescription Coordinator for nutrition advice if you meet any of the above criteria.
Group Education Programmes
We offer fun and interactive Healthy Eating and other exciting programmes to support people to better manage their own health:
Healthy Eating Groups - Kai For Life
DESMOND (Diabetes Education) Groups
Walking Away (Prediabetes Education) Groups
We also offer one-to-one appointments if you have at least one of the conditions above, which are interactive and focused on working with you to set goals to improve your eating.
These can be in-person in Dunedin or Invercargill, or via telephone or video consultation, whichever suits you best.
(Please note currently for Central Otago, only telephone or video consultation are being offered)
What can I expect when I see the Dietitian?
The initial appointment is usually for one hour maximum. We will be having a good chat about your goals, we will listen to what’s most concerning you about your health and nutrition and what you want to achieve. Your typical eating and drinking habits will be discussed, as well as your relationship with food and your body, and any concerns around managing nutrition-related conditions (e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol) and you will be guided as to how you can make changes to help you get towards your goals.
Note: We are Dietitians who don’t believe in dieting! We believe in focusing on your health rather than your weight. We won’t be handing you a meal plan and a long list of food not to eat, because we know from research and years from working in this area that dieting to lose weight is not helpful and can be harmful. We don’t discount the fact that weight loss may be a desire of yours and we won’t judge you for this. Instead we will work together on improving your health and wellbeing in the body you have now.
Is there anything I need to prepare for beforehand?
Please fill in a Food & Exercise Diary beforehand, so we have a more accurate understanding of what it is you eat and drink most days. This will give us more information and more time in the appointment to come up with good advice to really address your needs.
How many appointments will I see the Dietitian for?
We usually see people for the initial one hour appointment and then one or three further 30 minute follow up appointments if required, so a total of four are available to you. This does depend on your needs, however generally, once you are familiar with the goals to improve your diet and you have had a chance to work on making lifestyle changes, we discharge you back to your GP team for ongoing support.
Can I bring someone with me?
Absolutely. We encourage whānau, friends, and support people to attend especially if they have an influence on what you eat (do the shopping/cooking).
How much does an appointment cost?
Nothing. It’s absolutely FREE for you.
Where are your nutrition clinics based?
WellSouth, Level 2 Cargill House, 333 Princes Street, Dunedin 9054
0800 477 155
WellSouth, 40 Clyde Street, Invercargill 9810
0800 800 249
Only telephone or video consultations are being offered currently
0800 477 155
All consultations can also be done online via video call or via telephone.
Where can I get nutrition information and recipe ideas?
We have created a list of useful websites here
If you are a health professional who would like to refer someone to our service here is the form you can use.