Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No. You do not need a doctors referral to see a dietitian. If your GP has organised a Team Care Arrangement plan for you, you ar eligible for rebates from Medicare. If not, most private health insurers provide rebates if you have extras cover.

Do dietitians put you on a “diet”?

No. All eating and nutrition advice is tailored to your specific health and wellbeing issues. This advice will take into account your personal likes and dislikes, your  lifestyle and your personal goals.

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

Accredited Practising Dietitians have a minimum 4 years University training, and will quite often have post-graduate degrees in Nutrition. They are required to undertake continuing professional development throughout the year to maintain their accreditation.

Nutritionists do not necessarily have to have any qualifications but can have completed a short course in nutrition or a 3 year Bachelor degree. Accredited Nuritionists will generally have a higher qualification than a nutritionist without training.

Hospitals and GP clinics will only employ APDs.

What will happen in my appointment?

The first appointment with your dietitian will involve them getting a really good understanding of your life and what goals you are hoping to achieve. You will be listenend to, and all facets of your life will be considered. You will then have any relevant nutrition concepts explained to you in terms you will understand and together come up with an action plan that will help you to achieve your goals.

Review appointments are important in ensuring that you are feeling comfortable with the plan, that it is working for you and any issues you might be having will be addressed. Review appointments can also be a good chance to check-in to help with motivation and support.