These are actual questions from real clients. If you have any questions related to my services, you will hopefully find the answer below. If not, please get in touch.
Q. How is seeing you any different from someone else?
A. Many people offer nutrition advice with as little as three months’ training. I completed a double degree in Nutrition and Dietetics over four years at university. The final year of study is dedicated to clinical placement where we hone in our skills in medical nutrition therapy. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals recognised by Medicare and the Australian Government. To maintain my registration and be abreast of nutrition research, I participate in continued professional development.
Q. Will I need a referral to see you?
A. No. If you are a private client you don’t need a referral. However if you have a specific health condition it is helpful to have a referral with relevant clinical history. Also, if you have a Medicare chronic disease care plan and wish to claim a rebate, then yes, you will need an allied health referral.
Q. How much rebate can I expect?
A. If you are a private client, this will depend on your level of Private Health extras cover, please check with your provider. If you have a Medicare care plan, the current rebate amount is $52.95.
Q. What can I expect from an initial consultation?
A. An initial consultation will involve lots of chatting and getting to know you. There will be many questions as I assess your medical, clinical, social and food history. I will use this information along with your nutrition goals to create effective strategies to help you to reach your goals.
Q. Will you write me a up a diet plan?
No. Studies have shown that around 90% of people who lose weight through dieting will regain this weight within two years, so I steer away from generic diet plans because they perpetuate the dieting cycle and disordered eating. Instead, I prefer to work with you to establish realistic and achievable eating strategies that you will maintain for life.
Q. Are you going to tell me that I can’t enjoy my favourite foods anymore?
A. This will depend on what your eating habits are.
Example: If you are drinking three litres of soft drink a day, we would negotiate a reduction strategy as this amount is clearly not beneficial to overall health.
Example: If you enjoy a couple of squares of chocolate a day as part of a mindful eating episode, I am not going to come between you and your chocolate.
Q. Why do you not have any testimonials on your site?
A. This is a great question. Testimonials used to promote health related services are unethical and could potentially be misleading. What works for one client cannot be promised in another. Testimonials fall under the category of anecdotal evidence, and therefore do not constitute evidence based information. To maintain credibility and to keep the profession strong, Dietitians (among other health practitioners) are prohibited from using testimonials to promote services.
If you still have any questions about a nutrition consultation, please get in touch.