1. What do clinic consultations cost?
1hr initial consultations cost $150, and 45min reviews are $105. (Correct from May 2016, reviewed every financial year)
2. How many visits will I need?
Of course this depends on individual circumstances, however general recommendations are:
- Non-dieting approach to health/ overcoming emotional eating: 6-12 sessions over 6-12 months
- Irritable bowel and elimination diets: 4-6 sessions
- Condition management eg diabetes, heart disease: 4-8 sessions
- Eating disorders:
- Adolescent Maudsley Family Therapy: approx 20x 60min sessions over 12 months. (Special rates offered to Maudsley families).
- Adults with Anorexia Nervosa/ Bulimia Nervosa/ EDNOS with significant weight loss or binging/ purging usually require 6-12 months of weekly sessions initially, tapering to fortnightly, then monthly as your health and symptoms improve.
- You will also need to see your GP and a psychologist/ psychiatrist during treatment.
- There’s a very wide spectrum of disordered eating, and you might not need intensive treatment as above. If you’re not sure, come in for an assessment and we will talk about how you’d like to proceed. It’s always better to get help early!
Feel free to email or phone Emma to discuss your requirements.
3. Will I get a Medicare rebate?
Some people with chronic health conditions (eg diabetes, or anorexia nervosa) are eligible for a Team Care Arrangement (formerly ‘Enhanced Primary Care’ plan). Your GP can tell you more about this, and if you are eligible the care plan must be in place before you see me. You will also need to bring your referral paperwork to your appointment. The rebate amount is approx $50, and we process the rebate for you, so you only need to pay the gap on the day.
4. Will my health fund give me a rebate?
Dietetics is covered under some ‘Extras’ plans. Rebates are often approximately $28 to $50, however you will need to check what you are entitled to with your own health fund. If you are entitled to a rebate, this can be claimed at the clinic via HICAPS, and you will only need to pay the gap. (NOTE- if you have a care plan from your GP, you can’t claim from both your health insurer and Medicare for the same appointment).
5. Can I get a rebate for phone or online consults?
Currently, Medicare will only cover face to face consults. Some private health insurers do recognise and offer rebates for phone and skype consultations. Please clarify this with your particular fund.
6. Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
If you are under a ‘care plan’, yes you must bring your referral paperwork to your first appointment (see FAQ #2). If not under a care plan, you don’t need a referral from your doctor. However, it is very helpful for us if you are able to obtain a referral letter which includes a copy of your medical history and current medications.
7. What’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
Use of the titles ‘dietitian’ and ‘nutritionist’ are not tightly regulated. Anyone can call themselves a ‘nutritionist’, even after just a weekend’s online course! However, use of the title ‘Accredited Practising Dietitian’ (APD) is only available to those with high enough qualifications, at least an honours or masters level degree, recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), which is the peak body for nutrition professionals in Australia.
The APD credential is also a guarantee of professional competency, and committment to keeping their knowledge updated with further training every year. So, when choosing an up-to-date nutrition professional, look for the APD logo or letters APD after their name.
A good quick answer about the different roles of a dietitian Vs nutritionist: An Accredited Dietitian is able to help patients manage medical conditions, and tends to work in hospitals or private practice. An Accredited Nutritionist is able to give advice about eating well to prevent future health problems, and they usually work in public health, eg, developing community health improvement programs. Both are highly educated and valuable health professionals!