Dietitians have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. They know about food and health and can help you sort through the maze of nutrition information. Dietitians translate scientific information about nutrition into practical advice about what to eat.
A dietitian can assess your diet and lifestyle and provide diet counselling to help treat a number of illnesses like...
- Heart disease
- Gastro-intestinal diseases and
- Food allergies
Diet modifications can also help with the treatment of:
- Weight management
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood sugar (glucose)
- High blood pressure
- Stomach upsets (irritable bowels)
- Poor energy levels (chronic fatigue)
- Decreased immunity
- Food intolerances
- Prevention of chronic disease
- Improved general health and well-being
At Sportreat our dietitian can:
- Assess your nutritional needs;
- Develop a personalised eating plans and nutritional guidelines;
- Provide you with information on:
- Healthy Eating
- Dietary recommendations for your particular medical condition
- Reading food labels
- Choosing the best foods when shopping and eating out; and
- Healthy ways to prepare food
- Help you sort out nutrition fact from fiction;
Dietitians can help get you off the dieting merry-go-round and help you make changes that will remain for a lifetime. So for nutritional assessment or help managing your diet and lifestyle make an appointment to see a dietitian.
What happens when you see a Dietitian?
The dietitian will assess your medical history, family history and any current medications. They will also discuss your GP referral, blood tests you may have had and your food diary if you keep one.
Your diet will then be assessed and a management plan will be devised based on your needs. This may include education and/or a diet plan. You should allow least an hour for your first consultation.
There is no set number of visits - further visits are made according to your needs. Typically clients may expect to need fortnightly to monthly visits for the first six months, then 6 monthly visits for the next 2 years for effective diet modification and continuing education. A single session may be sufficient to provide some people with appropriate and useful information.
Private health insurance rebates are available for dietetic services. Medicare rebates are available for eligible patients with chronic health conditions under a care plan coordinated by their general practitioner.