What does a nutritionist do and what’s involved in a consultation?

As part of our consultation process, we spend up to an hour gathering relevant information from each patient regarding their current and past health, family history, medical history, lifestyle and their diet. From this, we are able to have a thorough understanding of what may be the cause of the presenting concerns and put together a thorough treatment plan addressing the relevant systems, including making lifestyle suggestions.

How fast will I start to see results working with a nutritionist?

That is going to vary from person to person and is dependent on a number of factors such as the severity of the presenting concern, what are the underlying drivers of the concern, and patient compliance. These will all depend on how many sessions each patient will need to attend.

What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician?

“Both nutritionists and dieticians practice evidence-based medicine and hold the same overarching vision – better food, better health and wellbeing for all. However, the two practices draw on substantially different philosophies.

Nutritional medicine draws on a holistic approach to healing which takes into account the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Nutritionists recognise that disease is complex and is caused by a combination of factors. This constitutes individualised care which is the cornerstone of holistic practice.

Dieticians on the other hand are primarily trained to give evidence-based dietary advice to treat a range of conditions and translate scientific nutrition information into a tailored diet plan for each client to address their health goals.

Nutritionists tend to work in holistic medical centers or private practice with other practitioners that share a similar ideology. Dieticians largely work with population health, frequently in settings where clients have specialised dietary needs such as hospitals and nursing homes.”

Can I claim a consultation on Medicare or private health?

Most of the major health insurance providers will provide cover for our services. This will also depend on the level of cover you have and who your provider is. It is best to call and check with them direct to confirm if you are eligible for rebates.

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