Answers To Your Questions
Dietitian vs. Nutritionist
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) have either done a 4 year Bachelor degree in nutrition and dietetics or a Masters degree in dietetics. Nutritionists may only have done a short course in nutrition or 3 year Bachelor degree in a health science area. Accredited practising dietitians (APDs) are members of the Dietitians Association of Australia and are required to undergo regular professional development in order to achieve and keep their accreditation. APDs are automatically given the status of Accredited Nutritionist (AN). Hospitals and GP clinics employ APDs rather than nutritionists due to their higher level of education.
An Accredited Sports Dietitian is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has undergone further specialised education and training through the Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA).
What does a consultation involve?
Consultations include a dietary and lifestyle assessment, discussion of recommendations and a written nutrition package that includes your individualised meal plan, body composition assessment, resources, recipes, goal setting tools and tasks. Melanie will provide you with the motivation, accountability. and expert advice at every step of the way to help you stay on track.
Review consultations provide you with additional advice as well as accountability, direction and support so that you reach your health, weight or performance goals. The best way to reach your goals is through consistency and accountability. You don’t just go to the gym once and become fit, so why would you see a dietitian once and expect to reach your nutrition, body composition and/or health goals?
Can I claim my dietitian consultation on my private health insurance?
Yes, if you have extras cover that includes dietetics. Check with your individual health insurer about the rebate you would receive for each appointment. There is a HICAPS machine at both clinics so rebates can be immediately claimed and processed so that you will only be required to pay the gap.
Members of Befit are offered a ‘gap free’ 20min Introductory to Dietetics appointment. Please note if you do not have private health cover, this appointment will be billed.
Can I claim my dietitian consultation on Medicare?
We accept doctors’ referrals under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) scheme.
The EPC scheme provides 5 Medicare rebated visits to allied health professionals per calendar year. This scheme is for people with a chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. To be eligible for this rebate you must have received an EPC plan from your doctor before your consultation with the dietitian. Please bring your Enhanced Primary Care plan with you to your first appointment.
You will be billed the consultation fee and be able to claim your rebate by presenting medicare with your appointment receipt.
How many sessions will I need?
This is a difficult question to answer as everyone has different needs! If you want to make some long term changes to your diet, health, weight or sports performance the evidence suggests the longer you see a dietitian the better results you will get.
Once you have your initial issues sorted it is useful to check in every 3-6 months to keep you accountable and on track with your health goals as well as up to date with changes in nutrition information.
What do I need to bring?
It is useful to bring results of recent blood tests and a summary list of medications and/or medical history. This ensures we are thorough and consider health conditions when making dietary recommendations.
It is particulary useful to keep a food diary for 3 days prior to your appointment, so that we have an idea of what you would ‘normally eat’.
If you are an athlete please bring your current weekly training schedule.
How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
We understand you are also busy! If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please do so the day prior to avoid cancellation fees. In the event of a no show, you will be invoiced a $50 cancellation fee.