What does a Dietitian do?A Dietitian helps you to achieve better nutrition through realistic food solutions. During an individual consultation you will be asked about your food habits and medical history as well as your health goals, and what you want to get out of the session. Information is tailored to your needs so that you can learn the skills and meal ideas that will be relevant to you and your health conditions. Most clients get best results if they are able to attend review consultations so that the Dietitian can assist you to overcome any barriers or road blocks you may having in making dietary and lifestyle changes.
Why should I see a Dietitian at The Food Clinic?At The Food Clinic, our Dietitians are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable about nutrition and love food, so you can be sure recommendations are kept realistic. Your lifestyle and budget will be taken into account when our Dietitian assists you to plan, shop and prepare nourishing meals for you and your family.
Do I need a referral?No, referrals are not essential. If you have a chronic medical condition, you may be eligible for Medicare funding for Dietitian consultations through the Chronic Disease Management program (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care - EPC). For those who are eligible for this funding a referral or Team Care Arrangement from your GP is essential. You will receive $58.30 back from Medicare if you have a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Referrals are also essential for clients receiving funding through the Department of Veteran's Affairs and other third party funding groups.
Do you see NDIS clients?Yes we routinely see clients who are self managed and plan managed through NDIS. Unfortunately, at this stage we are unable to see clients who are agency managed with NDIS.
Do you offer telehealth?At The Food Clinic, we offer both in person and telehealth consultations via phone or video for clients in Australia. Currently many of our funding bodies recognise telehealth, allowing you to claim your usual rebates through health funding and private insurance in most circumstances. When booking an appointment, please let our reception staff know your preference. If you have chosen a video consultation, you will be sent the Telehealth link via text message.
How many consultations will I need?The number of consultations that you require will depend on how complex your medical history is, your nutrition knowledge and how confident and ready you are to make the nutrition and lifestyle changes that are recommended at your consultation. As a general guide for those with newly diagnosed conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, The Food Clinic recommend a minimum of three (3) consultations. For clients with long term weight management issues often fortnightly sessions are required initially and then every 1-2 months for 6-12months. However, you can choose how many sessions you want and how often you want to come along. At The Food Clinic we do not lock clients into fixed programs but can be flexible to what you want or in some cases the number of sessions you are allocated as part of a Team Care Arrangement plan or through your health insurer.
How do I make an appointment? Head to our Book Now page to make an appointment. If you need to speak with one of our staff before booking, call 1300 877 139.