How a Dietitian can help you?
Dietitians provide expert nutrition and diet advice for people of all ages and help people to understand the relationship between food and health. They also help people change their diet so that they can become healthier and stay healthy.
Dietitians train at university for a minimum of 4 years and those who meet strict criteria are eligible to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program, which is run by the Dietitians of Australia. The APD program is the only credential for dietitians recognised by the Australian Government (for Medicare and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ claiming purposes) and many state governments and private health insurers.
Our Physio Elements’ Dietitian, Morgan, has been practicing as a passionate APD since 2011.
What does a Dietitian do?
Dietitians convert scientific evidence to practical and personalised advice on everyday nutrition and healthy eating, ensuring your diet includes all the vital nutrients. We take your lifestyle and preferences into account when providing this information to ensure that it is individualised for your situation for optimal results.
Dietitians are also trained in health coaching which aims to help you set and achieve your own goals, with our support and guidance. This ensures long term changes rather than just a quick fix.
What to see a Dietitian?
Dietitians are trained in medical nutrition therapy which means we are qualified to treat a range of medical conditions with nutrition and diet including
Gut Health in the Spotlight
GUT HEALTH and its link to mental health, chronic conditions, immunity, and weight management!
Morgan, our Dietitian has a special interest in nutrition for gastrointestinal health and concerns. She manages Irritable Bowel Syndrome and follows a low FODMAP Diet herself.
Below are some of the common gut health reasons that may prompt you to need an initial consultation with a Dietitian:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Low FODMAP diet (an introduction to FODMAP, not Monash FODMAP Qualified Dietitian)
- Food intolerance
- Coeliac disease (gluten free diet)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Optimising gut health and wellbeing
The importance of gut health has become well recognised over the last few years, with searches for gut health sky-rocketing. We now know about the links of gut health to mental health, chronic conditions, immunity, and weight management. If our gut microbes are imbalanced, the food we eat can trigger diarrhoea, constipation and digestive discomfort.
Morgan knows how important food – and the enjoyment of food – is to our quality of life. The foods that you eat can make a huge difference to the way you feel, and a Dietitian can help come up with an eating plan that best suits you. We are all about bringing the pleasure back to eating for your health and lifestyle.
What you need to do
Fees and Rebates
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE: If you have a private health fund with extras then you may be able to claim a percentage of your fee, please check directly with your fund to see if you’re covered and how much you can claim for.
MEDICARE CHRONIC MANAGEMENT PLAN: If you are eligible for the care plan, with a GP referral you can get $54.60 rebate on each of your sessions.