We know that eating well can help prevent the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. We are developing alternative approaches for how people with prediabetes can be supported to eat well in primary care.
Quality care by dietitians
We are better understanding how dietitians can continually improve their services to support better health outcomes and sustainable workforce’s. We are working towards a quality framework for dietitians working in Australian primary care.
We are advancing the understanding of patient-centred care provided by health professionals in primary care, including GPs and dietitians. We have developed two models for patient-centred care and are working on integrating these models into usual care.
Eating disorders in primary care
There has never been better access to dietetic treatment for eating disorders in primary care. We are exploring dietitians readiness to care for patients with eating disorders and better understand their needs for training and skill development.
Eating habits of health professionals
We know that some health professionals are not confident discussing nutrition during usual care for patients. We are exploring whether a health professionals’ personal diet influences their confidence in nutrition and ways we can better equip all health professionals with adequate nutrition knowledge, attitudes and skills.
Understanding Australian primary care dietetic practice and outcomes
Australia has limited understanding of how dietitians operate in primary care, including who they see, for which conditions and the impact of receiving dietetic care. We are turning that around with the ALICE study, developing the AustraLIan primary Care diEtetic database.
Using behaviour change theories in consultations
Behaviour change theories aim to support health professionals during consultations, particularly dietitians when providing nutrition care. We are exploring how dietitians are trained in behaviour change theories and the extent to which dietitians use these theories during their care for patients.
Should we provide food in primary care?
We know that primary care is the ideal setting to help people improve their diet. We are exploring whether directly providing patients with healthy food is a cost-effective way to support healthy eating, paving the way for future innovation in this setting.
Cost-effectiveness of nutrition care
We know that many health professionals include nutrition as part of usual care. We are exploring the cost-effectiveness of focusing on nutrition during consultations by understanding the cost savings from improved diet, improved health outcomes and reduced health care use in the future.