Frequently Asked Questions
Lets clear a few things up
What is a Dietitian?
The Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise.
To become an APD in Australia, a Dietitian must have graduated from a university degree accredited by the Dietitian's Association of Australia. Dietitians use their expertise in nutrition to promote and improve health to assist in nutrition-related matters, from healthy eating and disease prevention, through to the treatment of complex health conditions. APDs are committed to undertake continuous professional development to ensure they are up to date with the latest scientific research and evidence-based practice.
What makes a Dietitian (APD) different to a Nutritionist?
A variety of different levels of training and qualification can lead to an individual calling themselves a "nutrition expert".
In Australia, all Dietitians are also Nutritionists; however, the title "Nutritionist" on it's own could apply to a qualified nutrition scientist, or someone simply interested in nutrition with little to no relevant training. Choosing an Accredited Practising Dietitian is your assurance that your nutrition advice is trustworthy, solid, and coming from a qualified professional. An Accredited Practising Dietitian is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia.
The Dietitians Association of Australia has developed credentialing systems for the credentials "Accredited Practising Dietitian" (APD) and "Accredited Nutritionist" (AN) which are recognised trademarks protected by law, and only qualified practitioners who have met regulatory requirements can use these titles. At Food For Fit, all our practitioners are Accredited Practising Dietitians and Accredited Nutritionists and proudly display the associated trademark logos.
Do I need a referral to see a Dietitian?
No referrals are necessary to see us, however, we can accept referrals from General Practitioners (GPs), Specialist Medical Officers, or other Allied Health professionals.
How long would I need to see a Dietitian for?
This may depend on whether your condition is temporary or permanent, and also on your personal circumstances. When booking your appointment please explain your situation and requirements, and we can give you an estimate indicating the length of your individual program.
Will my Dietitian prescribe a Meal Plan?
Whilst there are certain situations which require the creation of a meal plan, at Food For Fit we believe that a meal plan is not the primary driver for creating behaviour change. A person needs to have the knowledge, and more importantly, the motivation, to achieve their nutritional goals. Our role is to provide the required knowledge and understanding of the intricacies to help a client move to a place where they are engaged and invested in their nutrition. The clients that have long-term success with their nutritional change are those that use this knowledge and engage these skills to create a meal plan now and in future, as part of a lifestyle that extends beyond intervention from a Dietitian.
Will my Dietitian just tell me what I already know?
This is definitely possible. Although, what you have read or have been told by well-meaning friends, family, or online may be incorrect.
Dietitians are trained to critique the latest scientific research and are required to maintain continuous professional development and remain current with evidence-based practice; combining this research with experience and training to provide current, proven, and individualised advice. This is why advice may change over time, as we learn more about how the body works and the role food plays in health and disease.
Do I need to be an elite athlete to see a Sports Dietitian?
Our Sports Dietitian (Bec) enjoys working with everyone from weekend warriors, age group athletes, junior athletes, masters athletes, amateur athletes, and recreational athletes.
Bec understands that achieving your personal best is of utmost importance and can assist in achieving your goals through tailored training; including race meal plans, body composition measurement and manipulation, as well as nutritional advice for pre, during and post-exercise.
What should I expect from my initial appointment and what should I bring?
At the first visit, expect to answer lots of questions about your lifestyle, medical history, and what you eat, when, why and how much. After an assessment, your Dietitian will work with you to create a plan to work towards your goals.
To prepare for your initial consultation, please arrange any clinical information you have available to bring along to your consultation (e.g. blood tests, medical tests or reports).
Can I claim my dietetic appointments on private health insurance?
All Food For Fit consults are eligible for coverage as determined your private health fund. Please contact your health fund to determine your reimbursement entitlements.
At your consultation, you will be provided with a receipt to claim with your private health fund.
Does Food For Fit participate in Team Care Arrangements through Medicare?
With some chronic conditions, your GP may choose to refer you to a Dietitian through a Team Care Arrangements. Medicare provides a rebate for this service (Item 10954 – Dietetic Services).
Dietetic rebates are $52.95 a session. Full payment is required on the day, with the rebate being processed to Medicare for you. The gap ends up being $46.05 for an initial consult or up to $26.05 for a review consult. Food For Fit does not provide bulk-billing.