By Clare Keating, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist
What is a dietitian?
A dietitian is a qualified health professional who is registered with Dietitians Australia. They have a university degree in nutrition and dietetics, and they are experts in the relationship between food and health.
Dietitians can provide advice on a wide range of topics, including:
To see a dietitian under Medicare, you will need to get a referral from your doctor via the Enhanced Primary Care Plan.
Your GP will assess whether you are eligible for Dietitian rebates under the Enhanced Primary Care scheme. You must have this plan arranged and confirmed by your GP, prior to your dietitian appointment.
How much does it cost to see a dietitian?
You can view the fee structure for Essendon Sports Medicine’s Dietitians HERE.
You will be required to pay for the full consultation fee, then we will help you claim the Medicare rebate on the spot, using our HICAPS machine and your Medicare card. This will save you a visit to the Medicare office, and the funds are generally back in your account within 24 hours. Please be aware that we are not a bulk billing clinic.
How many sessions can I have with a dietitian?
The number of sessions that you are eligible for depends on your individual circumstances, though generally there are up to 5 sessions available that you can claim a rebate for.
Dietitians consult in person at the Essendon clinic, though with advances in Telehealth recently, the Essendon Sports Medicine dietitians can offer you high level care to anywhere in the world.
Tips for choosing a dietitian in Essendon.
When choosing a dietitian, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Make sure the dietitian is qualified. They should be an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).
Make sure the dietitian has experience working with people with your condition or goals.
Make sure you feel comfortable with the dietitian. You should be able to ask them questions and feel confident that they can help you.
Seeing a dietitian can be a great way to improve your overall health. It is an often overlooked and undervalued service that has helped many people in the past.
If you are eligible for Medicare rebates, it can be a cost-effective way to get the help you need. By following the tips above, you can find a qualified dietitian who can help you reach your health goals.
Private Health Rebates for Dietitians in Melbourne.
In addition to Medicare rebates, there are other ways to help cover the cost of seeing a dietitian. Most private health funds offer rebates for dietitian services, so please contact your fund prior to attending, about dietitian and nutritionist services for your specific plan or cover.
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