“Where are you based for in-person consultations, and can I make an appointment over Skype?”
My practice is located at Foss St Clinic: Suite 3, 25 Foss St in Palmyra WA, where I see clients each Saturday. I also offer appointments virtually via Skype , with full video for your convenience.
“What is a Nutritionist?”
The tricky thing about the word ‘Nutritionist’ is that it isn’t a legally protected term in Australia. Therefore, anybody can call themselves a Nutritionist, whether they have a university science degree or not. I encourage you to be a savvy consumer, and always check the credentials of any health professional you plan to see. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
University Qualified Nutritionists are health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the science of food, how nutrients behave in the body, and how this can affect our health. To achieve this expertise we undertake studies in areas such as biochemistry, anatomy & physiology, biomedical science, culture & health behaviour, food processing, and research.
Nutritionists are therefore uniquely placed to contribute to global health and wellbeing through the provision of dietary advice and guidance to groups and individuals looking to improve their health, prolong wellbeing, and reduce risk of disease.
When choosing a Nutritionist in Perth, select one who holds full and current membership with a governing body that requires them to meet rigid education standards, abide by a Code of Ethics, and partake in Continuing Professional Development. Personally, I am a registered and practising member of the CMA (Complementary Medicine Association), which is recognised by the major health funds and the ATO. Please see below for further information about rebates, as you may be eligible.
“What’s the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian, and who should I see?”
Dietitians are a clever bunch of individuals who have completed studies in medical nutrition therapy, often through a Master’s degree in Dietetics. Put simply, all Dietitians are Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Dietitians. So what is medical nutrition therapy? Basically, it is the therapeutic treatment of medical conditions and disease through the use of food and dietary alterations.
Both University Qualified Nutritionists and Accredited Practising Dietitians have a role to play in the promotion of health and wellbeing. So, should you choose to see a nutritionist or dietitian in Perth?
If you are living with a disease or chronic medical condition and are seeking nutrition support in direct relation to that condition (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, or an active eating disorder) I would encourage you to see your Doctor or a Dietitian for appropriate dietary care, as they are specialists in these areas of health.
If you are generally in good health but you are interested in learning about how your behaviours, lifestyle and food choices can help you to prevent disease and illness, feel more energetic, improve your mood, increase your ability to focus, eat appropriately for your life stage (e.g. during adolescence, pregnancy, breastfeeding), and/or understand your individual nutrient requirements, a University Qualified Nutritionist has the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve your goals.
If you are living with a chronic health condition, it does not mean that we cannot work together. As long as you have already sought dietary advice from your Doctor or Dietitian, I would be delighted to join your treatment team and help you implement their recommendations in a satisfying and sustainable way.
“What should I bring to my first appointment?”
Just your lovely self and any questions, concerns or niggling thoughts that are on your mind. This time is yours, and no area of nutrition is off limits! By the time our first appointment comes around, I will have everything else that I need, as I will send you an initial questionnaire upon your booking. I also encourage you to have notepad and pen on hand, as you may like to jot down notes during our discussions.
“How many appointments will I need?”
This is highly individualised, and the number of appointments you will benefit from depends on many factors including: your specific health concerns, the degree of support you are looking for, your budget, your current lifestyle and health behaviours, plus many other factors. This is something we can discuss during your initial consultation, once I have completed a comprehensive assessment of your needs.
“Can I get a rebate through my private health fund?”
I am registered as a recognised provider (Nutritionist) with several of the major health funds including: HBF, Medibank Private, NIB, HCF, Grand United, CBHS, Australian Unity, Teachers Union Health, and AHM. If you hold private health insurance with any of these providers, I encourage you to contact them directly and confirm if you are covered for consults with a Nutritionist in Perth (*be sure to ask specifically about seeing a ‘Nutritionist’ and not a ‘Dietitian’, as they are not the same and your cover may differ between the two).
If you’re looking for a wellness coach in Perth who understands your health goals, talk to me today.