Registered Dietitians (RDs) are passionate about food. There are more than 10,000 dietitians in Canada and we all share deep appreciation of food, a curiosity to understand the science behind it and the tools to unlock its potential. Like all regulated health professionals, we undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in universities. We are committed to collaborating with patients, clients and communities to achieve their shared goals of better eating and improved health. Prairie Mountain Health has more than 30 Registered Dietitians, and they work in three types of positions:
Hospitals and Personal Care Homes
The clinical RDs work at all hospitals and personal care homes in the region. They visit patients/residents individually, and participate in health care team meetings, such as rounds and care conferences. They complete nutrition assessments and help patients/residents to meet their nutrition goals through various health challenges. They also plan and approve menus that enable each facility to provide nutritious, balanced meals that meet therapeutic requirements of each client.
My Health Teams and Outpatient Clinics
In addition, clinical RDs see outpatients of all ages in many areas of PMH when nutrition concerns arise for things such as child growth and development, gastrointestinal disease management, food allergies and intolerances, malnutrition and weight management. PMH has clinical RDs working directly in:
- primary care clinics, such as part of My Health Team Brandon
- the Brandon, Russell, Dauphin, and Swan Valley Health Centre hemodialysis units, working with clients experiencing end-stage kidney disease (and pre-end-stage at Brandon’s renal health clinic)
- the Brandon Regional Health Centre Prehab Osteoarthritis Clinic
The Western Manitoba Cancer Centre also employs a dietitian to help patients nutritionally through their cancer journey.
Chronic Disease Education Program (CDEP)
The CDEP dietitians along with nurse educators help clients develop knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy to manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, early kidney disease, gastrointestinal problems, and other nutrition-related concerns. They provide classes and one-on-one nutrition counselling. They travel on a regular basis to various communities, including First Nations throughout PMH.
Health Promotion Dietitians
Dietitians in Health Promotion (HP) work with communities, organizations, and groups, rather than individual clients. They promote healthy eating with a special focus on nutrition and food skills education and healthy food environments. HP Dietitians deliver services with a population health lens.
Dietitians in PMH are also working as administrators in Nutrition Services, Care Team Management and LTC Standards Facilitation.