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A day in the life of…

A day in the life of…

Alt text: This photo depicts Jennifer Hawkins with 13-month-old Ebony (her dog) in their apartment. Jennifer wears a tubie backpack, although it might not be visible in the image. The backdrop features a small indoor greenhouse, with a large bookcase of braille books...

Tube Feeding and Sports

Tube Feeding and Sports

“My esophagus is outside, yours is in” Pedro Relvas   While many might see home tube feeding as a limitation, Pedro sees it as just another aspect of his life—one that won't hold him back from pursuing his passion for sports. Pedro has faced his share of obstacles on...

Living with a feeding tube

Living with a feeding tube

Living at home with a feeding tube may not be something you ever thought you would have to do. The idea of it can be completely overwhelming and you may even feel defeated or upset about needing to rely on this method of getting your food. I’m sure you’re feeling a...

Your Tube’s Book Launch

Your Tube’s Book Launch

A big shoutout to the team at Fresenius Kabi Australia and New Zealand -  Luke Richmond, Natalie Victor, and the wonderful MC Rebecca Sparrowhawk - for sponsoring and organising my book launch event day 1 of Feeding Tube Awareness Week 2024. It was truly awesome,...

Stock Issues: Community Hacks

Stock Issues: Community Hacks

The panic sets in – the dreaded phone call I receive from my clients one to two times a month, with an uptick around the festive seasons like Christmas and Easter. "HELP! I've run out of tube feeding formula and equipment stock, and my big delivery isn't coming for...

Your Quality of Life Matters

Your Quality of Life Matters

If you or someone you love requires home tube feeding, it's important to understand how it can affect your overall quality of life. While the primary goal is to ensure you receive adequate nutrition, there are many factors that can influence your wellbeing beyond your...

Tube Feeding Equipment

Tube Feeding Equipment

I’ve written this piece from the perspective of a community dietitian that is looking after a patient on home enteral nutrition (i.e., home tube feeding). However, if you are someone with a feeding tube or a carer for someone with a feeding tube, equipment terminology...

Blended Tube Feeding

Blended Tube Feeding

I was recently invited to write an article on blended tube feeding (BTF) for Dietitian Connection's online magazine, Infuse. I was thrilled. Not only because I am a huge fan of Dietitian Connection, but also because BTF is a real passion of mine. The simplest...

Stoma Site Care

Stoma Site Care

A gastrostomy stoma is a direct hole into the stomach in which the feeding tube is placed through. As dietitians, support carers, family of, or people with a feeding tube, it's best you know what the daily care of a stoma site actually entails. And I promise you, it's...

Money & Home Tube Feeding

Money & Home Tube Feeding

Disclaimer: This blog post is specific to Victoria in Australia, and the information I present here is subject to change at any minute as there are lots of stakeholders at play! Any quotation marks you see throughout this post are statements that have been directly...

Micronutrients

Micronutrients

As dietitians, we base someone's formula amount (in ml / day) recommendation on their energy (aka. calorie) and protein needs. So we calculate how much you need first based on your activity levels and medical diagnosis, and then reverse engineer how much formula would...

Feeding Tubes 101

Feeding Tubes 101

Alright, so I’m going to attempt the impossible - take the fear out of understanding the mechanics of a feeding tube. The information in this blog is by no means exclusive, but I’m hoping that after you read this, you'll fear feeding tubes less whether you are a...

Featured Tubie: Meredith Allan

Featured Tubie: Meredith Allan

We interviewed the lovely Meredith Allan, one of our very own tubies, to gain more of an insight on how life can be with a feeding tube. Tell us when you got your feeding tube and why? "In April 2021, I had neck surgery to fix a fractured C3. The surgery was a success...

Community Nursing Services

Community Nursing Services

Looking after your home feeding tube requires support from experienced dietitians and nurses. At Tube Dietitian, we have the dietitian part covered. So anything related to formula selection, hydration, bowel habits, weight maintenance, and energy levels - we can...