What's the difference between a Dietitian and A nutritionist?

In Australia there is a distinction made between Dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field, including that of nutritionist.

The key difference between a Dietitian and a nutritionist is that, in addition to or as part of their qualification in human nutrition, a Dietitian has undertaken a course of study that included substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

Therefore, in Australia, all Dietitians are considered to be nutritionists however, nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the specialised role of a Dietitian.

There is no industry specific assessing authority that assesses the qualifications of nutritionists who are not Dietitians.

DAA is unable to provide advice regarding tertiary training, assessment of qualifications or employment opportunities to nutritionists who are not Dietitians.

Why should I see an Accredited Practising Dietitian?

We all want to make better food choices and take care of our health, but knowing how to do this can be a challenge. An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help you overcome this challenge by assessing your health and nutrition status and translating scientific information about nutrition into practical advice, so that you can make positive change to your eating habits.

An APD can help you to:
• Control your diabetes or choose low GI food
• Lose or gain weight
• Optimise sports performance
• Lower your blood pressure or cholesterol
• Manage your food allergy or intolerance
• Implement a therapeutic diet following surgery or hospital admission
• Ensure your child or teenager is meeting their nutritional requirements
• Plan a balanced diet if you need to have texture- modified food
• Ensure you’re meeting your nutrition targets for vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients
• Learn how to read food labels when shopping and choose the best options when eating out.

Do I need a Doctor's referral?

It's not necessary to have a Doctor's referral to see us.

However, if you're on a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan or DVA client, you must bring a referral letter to be eligible for rebates.

Who is eligible for a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan

Your doctor will determine your eligibility for a CDM Plan. Please visit Chronic Disease Management for more information.

What do I need to bring?

Any information relevant to your consultation, such as a referral letter from your doctor (mandatory for those on CDM plans and DVA clients), blood tests, recent blood glucose readings, and a list of current medications and supplements. Also take note of any questions you may have.

Where are we located?

We're located at 213/33 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, New South Wales, 2153.

Our practice serves the North Western Sydney area and is ideal for residents of suburbs including Castle Hill, Kellyville, Rouse Hill, Baulkham Hills, Glenwood, Kings Langley, Stanhope Gardens, Quakers Hill and Seven Hills.

Please visit our Contact Us page for a map and address.

How much are our services?

An Initial Consultation is $160 and a Review Consultation is $90.
Those on Chronic Disease Management plans from their GP cost $0 after rebates.

Will I get a rebate for a Dietetic Consultation?

Most Australian Private Health Funds give a rebate for visits to APDs, dependent on your level of health cover.

If referred from your General Practitioner (GP) on a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan, you are eligible for a Medicare rebate for a maximum of five Allied Health Services per Calendar year.

Please visit rebates for more information on Medicare, Health Fund rebates, instant claim processing and accepted Health Funds.

For any other questions, please contact us or call us on 02 8310 5588 during business hours.