What does a Dietitian do?
Are you thinking about effective ways to improve your nutrition, health and wellbeing?
Take the time to consider the valuable information here and you will be able to find Melbourne’s top rated dietitians.
This information will provide you with the tools to generate a list of best dietitians in Melbourne to prepare a nutrition plan for healthy diet to suit your needs.
Perhaps you have been considering getting professional nutrition support but no knowing where to start. You may have heard of dietitians but don’t know what they do.
We’re here to help.
Dietitians are skilled health professionals, providing evidence-based medical nutrition therapy to help people improve or optimise their nutrition, health and wellbeing with through personalised nutrition advice and plans. Dietitians work in variety of settings including private practice, community health, food service, public health, and hospitals.
What should you be considering when thinking about how to find a good Dietitian?
Think about how you would like the Dietitian you work with to support you and provide the personalised service you require to achieve your health goals. Once you have a list or preferences, you can being with the professional websites. You could also ask your other health professionals for recommendations of dietitians they refer to.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
Unfortunately, professional nutritional practice is not tightly regulated by the law in Australia. Therefore it is essential that you get help only from the accredited professionals. Finding a nutritionist Melbourne the traditional way may, thus, prove to be a way more difficult task than you imagined. Dietitians are the only qualified professionals that can provide medical nutrition therapy. Accredited Practising Dietitians can are trained and registered to provide professional advice for people suffering form various health conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders and a range of other medical conditions.
How to know if a Dietitian is accredited
Look for Dietitians who are accredited with Dietitians Australia, which is the professional body for Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) in Australia. This is the only institution in Australia that issues accreditation to dietitians. The APD credential guarantees two things.
- The dietitian has the appropriate university training and is licensed to practice as a dietitian; and
- They participate in ongoing education programs. All APDs are obligated to provide impartial service and hold true to the DA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.
Can Dietitians provide nutrition services under Medicare, Department of Veterans Affairs?
The APD credential is the only professionally recognised nutrition credential of the Australian Government and Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) rebate through Medicare. (Formerly known as an EPC plan). CDM services and Team Care arrangements (TCA) are arranged by a patient’s G.P. Please discuss your suitability for this plan with your GP. Present any CDM/TCA plan to your Dietitian at the time of consultation.
Please note, CDM/TCA are not bulk billed at Nutrition Melbourne as we are a private billing clinic. We provide comprehensive treatment plans far beyond that which can be provided during an itemised bulk bill consultation. We have quality over quantity approach. So there is out-of-pocket expenses with all consultations but this is required in order for us to provide the service that we feel comfortable in providing.
Can Dietitians provide nutrition services under Private Health Insurance?
Like many people, you may be asking yourself “can i get a rebate with private health insurance”?.
The APD credential is recognised by all major private health funds.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Telehealth services are also eligible for private health rebates.
Participating funds include (but are not limited to):
- Defence Health
- Emergency Services Health
- Mildura Health
- Navy Health
- Police Health
- Teacher Union Health
More info on Telehealth including a Q & A video is available here
Do Dietitians work with other health professionals for coordinated patient care?
Yes, dietitians work with many health professionals every day to provide coordinated care to patients to help them achieve their health goals. This includes:
- General Practitioner (GP)
- Specialists physicians
- Speech pathologists
- Occupational therapists
- Exercise psychologists
- Social workers
- Diabetes educators
As well as many more.
What medical conditions do Dietitians provide nutrition advice on?
Dietitians practice in many different areas and can provide nutrition advice on things including:
- Health optimisation
- Sports Nutrition
- Weight management, including obesity
- Bariatric surgery
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Various GI disorders (including IBS, IBD and coeliac disease)
- Women’s health
- Hormonal imbalances
- Renal disease
- Vegetarian diets
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Children’s eating behaviour
As well as many other nutritional lifestyle considerations focused on optimising mind, body and health. Where clinical relevant and with your consent, we can provide feed back to your general practitioner, specialist or allied health care provider to keep them informed with your current program.
Do Dietitians provide meal plans?
Dietitians are professionally trained to develop personalised meal plans however, not all dietitians routinely will provide them. Importantly, like any other professional skill, experience is also vitally important in this process. You can have the best hypothetical meal plan in the world, but it is not practically implementable in your current circumstances it is essentially useless.
Having a structured meal plan centred around personalised healthy eating can be useful for certain people initially to help get them some quick wins, build confidence, motivation and positive momentum. Importantly, you also need an experienced professional to guide you on how to build a nutrition plan that is sustainable for the long-term, has the appropriate level of flexibility and takes in to consideration your personal circumstances.
What happens at the initial Dietitian appointment?
When working with Nutrition Melbourne, our dietitians will work through an initial dietetic assessment, looking at any medical conditions, symptoms you would like to resolve, work/family commitments, body composition goals and health/nutrition goals. During the initial assessment we will also review current eating pattern, exercise regime and body composition via a body scan (optional). Using this information helps us to then develop a personalised, structured strategy to help you progress towards your goals in the most effective manner possible.
How long does the initial consultation take?
Prior to coming along to the initial consultation we will have reviewed the pre-consultation questionnaire that we require you to complete. This makes the initial consultation far more productive as we will have done a preliminary initial assessment and can really focus on the most productive consultation possible. Therefore, your initial nutrition session will last 45-50 minutes. Regular review sessions last 25 minutes and extended review sessions last 50 minutes.
What happens at review consultations with Dietitian?
At review consultations our Dietitians will discuss what strategies are working well, what aspects of your plan need further refining. We may also review body composition via a body scan where relevant.
How often should you see a Dietitian?
The frequency with which you see the dietitian is something that needs to be worked our personallly and is best discussed directly with your dietitian. Often this may involve more frequent sessions at the beginning of your care, and becoming less frequent once you are consolidating your understanding and behaviour change has become more of new habitual practices.
How to find an Accredited Practising Dietitian
If you are looking to Find an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) in your area for a dietetic consultation or for consultative work you can use the search function at (dietitiansaustralia.org.au).
All APDs can register here, but obviously experience and suitability can range widely so be sure to review the comprehensive information above prior to selecting the best dietitian for your needs.
Get expert advice from highly experienced Nutritionists and Dietitians at Nutrition Melbourne
If you would like to work with us at Nutrition Melbourne, the best next step is to book in a free strategy call via this link. We can find out more about your needs and consider your unique circumstances to help you experience long-lasting results. All advice is personalised, evidence-based, and centred around building a plan that meets your specific needs and goals.
Do I need a referral to see the dietitian?
No, you don’t need a referral to see our Accredited Practising Dietitians or Accredited Sports Dietitians.
Where is Nutrition Melbourne’s private practice located?
Our private practice is located at Ground Floor, 64 Harcourt Street North Melbourne VIC 3051. We provide in-person consultations at this location and also provide many services to people in regional, interstate and international areas via TeleHealth and our online nutrition members portal.
How can we help you?
At Nutrition Melbourne, our qualified and experienced dietitians and nutritionists are passionate about improving your health. We have the knowledge and skills to support you with personalised healthy eating advice and solutions specific to your needs and lifestyle. We translate the latest health optimisation research into practical everyday strategies so that you can achieve your health and body composition goals.
Here’s a quick look at some of the services we offer
We provide a range of nutrition services relating to medical conditions, health optimisation and sports nutrition. Some of the conditions we treat include those listed above in the “What medical conditions do dietitians provide nutrition advice on?” section. You can always contact us at [email protected] do discuss your requirements further.
Get started today with a free strategy call
A strategy call is an opportunity for you to discuss with us your nutrition needs, health concerns and/or goals with our nutrition specialist.
To make the call as valuable for you as possible, we use a specific framework to retrieve the exact information required to provide a personalised recommendation about if, and/or, how we can help. Nutrition is very personal.
The strategy call also gives you the opportunity to ask a few questions about the personalised recommendation we have suggested for your health journey.
For existing clients is a great way to check in with us. As life changes, so does your nutrition needs, so we can discuss where you’re at and where to from here.
You can book your free strategy call here.