Specialist Haematology and Oncology Dietitian
Sarah Gardiner, BNut&Diet, APD (Oncology and Haematology), BSc.
Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with experience in the nutritional management of oncology patients. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne and then went on to complete a bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University. She has worked extensively in tertiary teaching hospitals in Victoria and continues in a clinical role. Sarah specialises in Oncology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology and Mental Health. She is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and in Clinical Dietetics.
Sarah supports patients undergoing treatment which can have an effect on their ability to manage enough to sustain daily energy levels. Some patients experience symptoms such as pain, nausea, taste changes which affects their appetite and impacts their weight. On some occasions patients may require supplementary feeding which Sarah can help manage in their home.
Sarah chose Nutrition and Dietetics following her science degree as she was interested in the effects food has on our bodies and how we use energy and protein to maintain our nutritional needs. We know Nutrition is a complex evidence based science and Sarah wanted to work in a medical team to support patient’s nutritional needs.
Good nutrition is important for all oncology patients. As a specialist dietitian Sarah can assist in managing some of your symptoms including:
- Find practical ways to manage adequate energy and protein before, during and after treatment.
- Help manage the side effects of treatment.
- Develop and understand your personal dietary preferences.
- Liaise with specialists to support your nutrition needs