Dietetics at OnePointHealth

Your OnePoint Dietitians and Nutritionists are here to guide and inspire you to build nutritionally healthy lifestyles. Our team of dietitians and nutritionists are qualified with many years of experience between them, helping to treat a range of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Not only do they treat medical conditions, but they also help patients reach their health or fitness goals, such as increasing muscle mass, assisting in weight loss and improving the nutritional status of vegetarians or vegans.

Food plays a major role in our physical and mental health and our dietitians and nutritionists understand the mechanisms of how nutrition impacts your bodily functions and use this knowledge to provide evidence-based, practical, simple and clear advice. There is no “one size fits all” and therefore personalized nutrition plans and recommendations are provided that are tailored to each individual’s goals and health needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. You can see either service privately and some private health insurances may cover some of the visit.

A dietitian can be claimed via Medicare using an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referral from your General Practitioner if you’re eligible. Bulk billing is also available for dietetics.

Yes, some health funds will cover a dietitian or nutritionist. Check with your provider for these benefits as each plan is different.

A dietitian is a qualified health professional that provides a range of evidence-based nutrition services, but in addition to a nutritionist, dietitians have the expertise to provide individual dietary counselling, medical nutrition therapy and group dietary therapy.

A dietitian, specifically an accredited Practicing Dietitian undertakes ongoing training and education to ensure that they are providing the most up-to-date nutrition information. A nutritionist, on the other hand, is not regulated and therefore can sometimes be unqualified but here at OnePointHealth, we ensure our nutritionists are highly qualified with a Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Physiology and provide an evidence-based, holistic approach.

Nutritionists cannot be bulk billed or covered by your health fund, whereas a dietitian can.

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice and practise in line with Dietitians Australia Professional Standards, including the Code of Conduct for Dietitians & Nutritionists.

No, our goal is to make small changes to your current diet that suit your needs, wants and lifestyle. We provide evidence-based nutrition advice to help you reach your personal and/or health goals. We want to help you create a positive lifestyle and eating plan that you enjoy and that works for you.

No. We like to avoid using terms like “bad food” or restrictive eating practices. Our goal is to help our patients understand how certain foods affect the body and to help them build a positive relationship with food. This means learning to enjoy the food we consume and reducing the types that can lead to poorer health outcomes. Balance and moderation are key.

No. We know it can be a challenge to make too many changes at once and if it is not done correctly it can lead the patient back to previous habits. That’s why we aim to set a small number of achievable goals in a timeframe that is suited to the individual. If the patient is ready and requests multiple changes then we are more than happy to support them and provide necessary guidance but not all individuals are suited to big changes at once.

A dietitian appointment involves going through the patient’s reason for coming in (problem). Then diving deeper into lifestyle, medical history, diet and any other relevant information regarding diet choices. We then create recommendations and set goals to help the patient reach their desired outcome.

We also provide education on why these recommendations and goals have been provided and how this affects the patients current medical condition. This may include resources for the patient to take home if necessary. Reading nutrition labels or meal plan appointments are structured slightly differently but fundamentally the same principles are applied.