What is it like when you work with a Dietitian at Essendon Sports Medicine?
In the initial consultation you and your Dietitian will have a chat about your goals, lifestyle, medical history and your current diet and exercise habits.
Your dietitian will use this information to create a detailed nutrition plan that is tailored to you, your goals, and helping you achieve them.
Additionally, your dietitian will provide nutrition education and resources so that you can understand why we are suggesting certain things, which helps you implement it as well as set you up for the future when you are no longer seeing a dietitian.
Follow up sessions are where we adjust the plan or create new strategies to continue helping you reach your goals. These sessions also help with accountability, which is a major factor for getting results.
How many sessions will I need to work with a Dietitian to get results?
The number of sessions that you need varies depending on what your goal is and when you reach that goal.
Some clients have worked with us for years on multiple goals and others only needed one appointment, it varies.
The frequency of appointments is individual as well.
The gold standard is fortnightly but we understand that cost can be a factor or perhaps you’re tracking well between appointments and need less support. Depending on how you’re progressing the frequency of appointments can also increase or decrease accordingly.
Communication between consults is encouraged.
Not everyone has to or does take advantage of this but for those whole like extra support, communication between consults can be extremely beneficial.
This can be done via email or text message and your Dietitian will reply to you within one business day. Additionally your Dietitian will check in with you via a check in form in-between appointments to help eliminate barriers and provide you with as much support as possible
Do I have to come into the clinic to see a Dietitian, or can I use Telehealth?
We get it, your week is already busy!
We realise that it's hard to fit everything in, so we offer you the option to come into our beautiful purpose designed clinic, located within the Essendon Sports Medicine building, or you can consult with our dietitian via Telehealth from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Telehealth is super easy to use. Simply book your appointment and we will email you a link to click when your appointment is due. You don't need to download any software, and you can enjoy your consultation via your mobile phone, desktop or laptop (as long as you have internet connection and your device has a camera).
We'd love to see you in the clinic, though whichever option you choose, you still receive the same high level of dietitian care.
Online Bookings are Super Simple with Instant Confirmation & No Login Required!
For consultation fees and more information, please visit our Fees and FAQs page or call us on 03 9498 0205.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dietitians.
What does a Dietitian do?
A dietitian is a healthcare professional who specialises in nutrition and dietetics. They provide expert evidence-based advice on food and nutrition to promote health, prevent diseases, and manage medical conditions.
What qualifications do Dietitians have?
Dietitians typically hold either a 4-year bachelor degree in nutrition and dietetics or a 3-year bachelor in nutrition science and a 2-year Masters in Dietetics.
What’s the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist in Australia?
The term nutritionist is not regulated in Australia. Which means that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, whether they’ve completed a 2-week course or a 3-year bachelor degree. Therefore, when working with a Nutritionist it is best to ask what their qualification is.The scope of practice for a Nutritionist is to provide general healthy eating advice to people without medical conditions. This is because Nutritionists have not been trained in medical nutrition therapy.
Whereas Dietitians study for 4 or 5 years and are regulated by the governing body Dietitians Australia. Dietitians are trained in all areas of nutrition and can provide help to people wanting to be healthier, prevent diseases, or manage medical conditions. Dietitians are also covered by Medicare and Private Health insurance, whereas Nutritionists are not.
Do I need a referral to see a Dietitian?
No, you don’t need a referral to see a Dietitian. But if you have a referral from your GP under a Chronic Disease Management / Enhanced Primary Care plan you can receive a Medicare rebate for your dietitian appointment. Depending on your private health insurance cover, you may also receive money back when you claim your appointment.
You might want to see a dietitian if you're looking to improve your overall health, manage a medical condition (e.g., IBS, Diabetes, high cholesterol), or if you're seeking guidance on weight management, sports nutrition, or special diets (e.g., vegetarian, gluten-free).
What can I expect during an appointment with a Dietitian?
During your appointment the dietitian will assess your dietary habits, health goals, medical history, lifestyle and exercise habits. Based on this information, they will create a personalised nutrition plan, provide recommendations, and ongoing support to help you achieve your goals.
Do dietitians make meal plans?
Dietitians are trained in creating meal plans for their clients; however, not all Dietitians provide them, or some Dietitians charge an additional fee for meal plans.
At Essendon Sports Medicine we provide personalised meal plans for all clients, included in the appointment fee.
How often should you see a dietitian?
The frequency of sessions varies from person to person depending on their goal. But in most cases we see the best results with people who have fortnightly sessions and then transition to monthly or even les frequent as they progress and achieve their goals.
Can I see a dietitian online via telehealth?
Yes, many dietitians offer online consultations that can are just as effective as in-person visits. Online consultations allow for flexibility and convenience while still providing personalised guidance. It also means you’re not limited to Dietitians only in your area and can get expert or specialist care no matter where you live.
How can I find a good dietitian in Melbourne?
Once you know what your goals are and how best you would like your Dietitian to help you, you could browse different website and social media profiles to find a Dietitian that aligns with your preferences. You could also ask your other health professionals for recommendations of Dietitians they know or look for Dietitians who are accredited with the Dietitians Association of Australia.