Under the canopy - Diet and nutrition advice

Diet and nutrition advice

Under the canopy - Diet and nutrition advice

What is it?

Having cancer affects your physical health in many different ways. Good nutrition during clinical treatment is especially important as both the illness and the treatment can affect your appetite.

You may experience loss of appetite, an aversion to some foods and altered tastes. While these things normally go back to normal once treatment has finished it is important to maintain optimum nutritional intake at this time.

There are a couple of key differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist.

Diet and nutrition advice program

What will I learn?

Dietitian: A dietitian has a post graduate qualification in dietetics and can prescribe supplements where necessary to compliment meal plans and advice.

Nutritionist: A nutritionist will provide information and advice to ensure your diet is optimised.

Benfits of Diet and nutrition advice program

Why is nutritional advice beneficial?

Getting the right advice from the right specialist will be beneficial to you during your treatment and recovery. Your nurse will be able to advise whether you need to talk to a nutritionist or a dietitian.

Eating well ensures:

Costs and enrolment

What will the consultations cost?

At Under the Canopy in Whangarei we work with specialist provider Nicky Forsyth.


Depending on the terms of your policy, you may find that your private health insurance will cover all or part of the associated costs. Please contact your provider directly to find out more. Most Southern Cross policies will cover $100 per consultation upto $500 per year.

Appointment Costs:

Dietitians Initial
(incl GST)
Follow Up
(incl GST)
Nicky Forsyth $180.00 60 mins TBA As required

Our team

Nicky Forsyth

Nicky Forsyth BSc, NZRD, New Zealand Registered Dietitian Prescriber

Nicky has over 12 years of experience in the field of dietetics and human nutrition. She is a NZ trained and is a Registered Dietitian prescriber as well as being a member of the Special Interest Group in Nutrition, Gerontology, Paediatrics, Diabetes and Gastroenterology.

As well as providing a service to Canopy Cancer Care, Nicky also works in private practice in Kerikeri and travels regularly to Whangarei. Nicky prides herself on being an effective communicator with people from all backgrounds with a strong patient centred approach. Nicky has also published research which focussed on what is required to support healthy eating in the forensic psychiatry setting.

Outside of work Nicky enjoys food and cooking, snowboarding and surfing and spending time of doors.


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