Find out more about our dietetics team.

Dana McInnis

Senior Renal Dietitian

BSc (Hons), APD

Dana McInnis graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed her postgraduate dietetics training at the Alfred Hospital. Her passion and experience in Renal Nutrition has enabled her appointments at some of the major renal units in Melbourne including Austin Health, the Alfred and since 2006, at Melbourne Health.

As Senior Renal Dietitian, Dana provides nutritional care for inpatients and outpatients with CKD, ESKD on Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis, and post Transplant. Her role encompasses nutritional assessment, support and counseling of renal patients to optimize nutritional status with the aim of improving outcomes on dialysis and after transplant. The focus of care is to achieve and/or maintain healthy weight and prevent malnutrition for maintenance of functional status and quality of life as well as correcting biochemical abnormalities.

Dana provides education in renal nutrition to Nurses and Dialysis trainees. She lectures in Nutrition in Kidney Disease to Dietetics students from both Deakin and Latrobe Universities and provides clinical supervision to these students during their clinical placement at MH.

Claire Rutledge

Renal Dietitian

Claire qualified in dietetics from Kings College London and worked at St Bartholomew's Hospital before arriving in Melbourne in 1990.

Her area of interest is renal dietetics, and since 1991 has worked in the renal unit at RMH covering the ward, outpatients, the dialysis unit and consulting to our regional centres.

Dietary advice for patients starting dialysis

The Nutrition Edcuation Materials Online (NEMO guidelines) - under the heading Renal are produce by the Queensland government and provide excellent guides for patients wishing to read more about dietary advice.

Including advice on healthy eating on haemodialysis / peritoneal dialysis, potassium, low salt, phosphate and protein amongst many others.

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.