Working with ACC

FoodSavvy is a group of NZ Registered Dietitians specialising in a wide range of health conditions. We have experience working with ACC through direct ACC referrals and via ACC providers. This includes Pain Management, Social Rehabilitation Needs Assessment, Training for Independence and Sensitive Claims.

Our dietitians will set specific objective goals and appropriately report to ACC/providers.

Service Areas

The areas where of services where dietetic input may be of benefit are:

  • Rehabilitation from a brain injury – nutrition support post brain injury
  • Neurology and psychology - eating well for the brain
  • Fatigue management- helping people eat well to improve energy levels, easy meal preparation for people with fatigue
  • Spine care (acute and chronic back pain, neck pain and spinal pain) – weight management to reduce load on spine.
  • Pain and discomfort management – weight management to reduce pressure on weight-bearing joints and prevent weight gain associated with reduced mobility and comfort eating (secondary to pain/discomfort), constipation management (side effect of opioid-based medications), management of function gut disturbance-related abdominal pain. We are listed as part of their pain management team for the national ACC-funded Pain Service for people suffering injury-related persistent pain. Nausea management for people on lots of medications
  • Sports rehabilitation – sports nutrition for optimal performance. Injuries often occur when athletes are inadequately fueled. Providing advice of adequate nutrition and hydration during training may reduce frequency of injuries. Also, times of injury reduce athlete’s energy output and can result in unintentional weight gain. Strategies to manage this may be of benefit to future sports performance.
  • Workplace health services – healthy eating group education (on broad or specific topics).
  • Medication injury – kidney injury from medication
  • Medication side effects e.g. gastrointestinal, nausea
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Trauma and sensitive claims - eating disorders
  • Orthopaedic specialist services – weight management prior to surgery.
  • Podiatry – dietary education for diabetes in case of the high-risk diabetic foot.
  • Post-surgery exercise classes – healthy eating group education post-surgery (on broad or specific topics).
  • Falls risk program – age-related sarcopenia (muscle loss) is a known risk factor for falls. Nutrition advice and support to minimise or lessen this process and promote bone health can reduce the incidence and severity of falls.
  • Wheelchair bound clients- advice regarding eating well to avoid pressure injuries or to help the healing of pressure injuries. Weight gain due to inactivity
  • Nutrition Support for unintentional weight loss
  • Enteral nutrition
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