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Dietitian (PT) – Madawaska Valley FHT (Barry’s Bay)

Madawaska Valley Family Health Team, Barry’s Bay, Ontario

Job Posting – Dietitian
Part-time 0.4 FTE

We seek to recruit a passionate and collaborative individual for the position of Dietitian in the newly created Madawaska Valley Family Health Team (MVFHT), located in Barry’s Bay, Ontario.

FHTs are tasked with providing patients with timely access to high-quality, comprehensive team-based primary care in their local community.  We are a small, rural Family Health Team (FHT) associated with a group of 6 physicians.  We located in an area that has a high burden of chronic disease, low average socio-economic status and is historically under-served for health care services.  The Madawaska Valley is known for its beautiful scenery of lakes, rivers and forests characteristic of the Algonquin Park area, ample outdoor recreation opportunities, and a strong sense of community.

The Dietitian is responsible for the nutritional care of patients identified as moderate to high risk for disease, or patients living with disease.  S/he will provide education regarding healthy living, including improved lifestyle choices, healthy dietary choices, and exercise. The Dietitian will work with other members of the Madawaska Valley Family Health Team (MVFHT) to ensure that residents in the community are aware of the importance of health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management.  S/he is to practice according to the standards outlined in the following documents:

  • Dietitians of Canada ~ “Professionals Standards for Dietitians in Canada” (www.dietitians.ca)
  • Dietetics Act (1991)
  • Regulated Health Professionals Act (1991)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / TYPICAL DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS POSITION: 

  1. Assessment
    • Screens, prioritizes and processes referrals
    • Reviews clinical information obtained through referrals, laboratory reports and health records
    • Conducts comprehensive consultations with patients to obtain relevant information and assess patient nutritional needs.
    • Screen patients as a group to identify common areas of nutrition-related conditions where group sessions would be beneficial.
    • Coordinate the assessment of a patient’s nutritional status and its impact on risk for chronic disease or management of chronic disease
  2. Treatment, Management and Planning
    • Develop individualized nutrition care plans based on comprehensive assessments incorporating nutritionally related social determinants of health. In collaboration with Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and other Allied Health professionals; implement and discuss appropriate care plan with the patient’s care giver based on best practices
    • Provide teaching to patients explaining the relationship between their intake and medical status. Alter teaching based on patient’s nutritional needs, revising treatment protocols and thereby facilitating the patient’s ability to alter intake to manage their medical condition
    • Evaluate achievement of patient goals through follow-up
    • Use information obtained from screening patients to assist with program planning to best meet the needs of patients
    • Document all plans of treatment using patient health records
  3. Education and Advocacy
    • Involve patients in decisions about their own health
    • Encourage patients to take action for their own health
    • Help patients to appropriately identify and use available resources including community services and programs
    • Advocate for patient’s civil and legal rights such as food security
    • Initiate health education and other activities that assist, promote and support patients as they strive to achieve the highest level of health
    • Develop learning resources for patients
    • Develop and deliver health education program for patients of any age

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate university degree from an accredited university program in foods and nutrition or equivalent.
  • Accredited internship of a minimum of 35 weeks.
  • Three to five years clinical counseling and community nutrition experience.
  • Experience in program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
  • Professional liability insurance.
  • Knowledge of chronic disease management strategies and familiarity within the Champlain LHIN is advantageous
  • Able to communicate fluently, verbally and in writing
  • Evidence of experience in individual and group teaching skills
  • Superior interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Participate in Team activities and attend Team meetings.

Additional requirements:

  • Must be able to travel and hold a valid driver’s license with own transportation.
  • Must be willing to work outside regular business hours.
  • Must be willing to work in nearby communities for outreach counselling.

Term of Employment:

  • This is a part-time position. Starting date in January 2019.
  • Permanent with probationary period of 3 months.

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary and benefits, dependent on experience.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please forward your curriculum vitae and cover letter to Susan Farrar, MVFHT Executive Director via email at sfarrar@madawaskavalleyfht.com on or before January 14, 2019.

The Madawaska Valley Family Health Team is committed to employment equity, diversity and a supportive environment.  The MVFHT welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.  The MVFHT offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by the MVFHT regarding a job opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation. Please note, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.