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April 2023

Collaboration for great outcomes - OT & Dietitians what a team!

Dietitians and OTs make a great combination for optimising lives for people with disabilities.

Dietitian and occupational therapy aretwo distinct professions that have different focuses and objectives.

A dietitian, also known as a accredited practicingdietitian (APD) is a healthcare professional who specialises in nutritiontherapy. Dietitians provide expert advice on food and nutrition to help peopleimprove their health and prevent nutrition-related disorders. At Focus onFunction our dietitian works in the community, seeing participants in theirhomes or in our clinic space.

On the other hand, occupational therapy focuses onhelping people of all ages achieve their goals in their daily activities,despite any physical, cognitive, psychosocial limitations they may have. Theaim is to improve the participants quality of life by developing skills,educating people providing support and adapting the environment to bettersupport their daily activities.

Although dietitians and occupational therapists havedifferent specialties, we are really enjoying working together at Focus onFunction to provide a holistic approach to a participants health and wellbeing.For example, an occupational therapist may work with a client who has a chronichealth condition to develop access and participation to the kitchen and thedietitian assist with meal planning and nutritional needs.

We have always valued collaborative practice at Focuson Function. It is ultra wonderful to be able to provide this inhouse now.

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