FAQs: What To Expect When You Engage a Dietitian

FAQ - Engage A Dietitian

There are many reasons why you would require a visit to a Dietitian and usually your first visit is prompted by a GP or Specialist Doctor. They may give you a quick overview of what a Dietitian does but in case you have more questions, we’ve got a few answers to some basic questions about what you can expect when you engage a Dietitian.

Q: What Should I Expect To Happen At The Appointment?

​Eating and nutrition are very personal to each individual. The dietitian will ask you some standard questions including about your medical history, medications, lifestyle (work, family, social routine) and exercise. This is to ensure the information, advice and counselling you receive is individual to you and your lifestyle, rather than you changing your routine to fit the nutrition advice.

Body Measurements
Depending on the reason for your visit, the dietitian may take some body measurements of you. This is completely painless and most often involves simple height and weight measurements. 

At SSDiets we have highly technical equipment which allows us to measure your body composition (percentage of fat, muscle, bone and water) which allows for a more detailed analysis of your improvements as you progress along than simply using total body weight.

Diet History
Everyone eats different things every day. Everyone has different taste preferences. Every medical condition requires different nutritional therapies. When you engage a dietitian, we must discover the nutritional problem you or your doctor is concerned about, so our Dietitians will ask you for a detailed diet history. This usually involves asking you about your daily routine as well as asking you about what you eat throughout a typical day. This can be a very difficult thing to provide, however in order for the dietitian to individualise your nutrition plan and goals, this is a key component of the process.

In order to help you get started, and before you come to visit us, download our weekly food diary and keep a record of your eating over a period of at least a week. Don’t change anything from your usual intake, just write it down as you go.

Q: Can I Claim For My Visit To A Dietitian?

​All our dietitians are registered with all private health insurance providers. Dietetics is generally covered under the “extras” component of your insurance. Each provider and each policy is different so we can’t tell you how much you’ll get back from the consultation fee. Although it’s simply a matter of phoning your insurer and asking about your individual policy. 

For clients with chronic and complex conditions, the Australian Government has a program “Chronic Disease Management (CDM)” which used to be called, “Enhanced Primary Care”. This allows clients with conditions greater than 6 months duration to claim for Allied Health services back against Medicare. This requires a special kind of referral from your GP to our team. Ask your GP if you are eligible for an EPC Plan.

Q: I’m eligible for NDIS. What Form Do I Need To Send SS Diets?

NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. It’s estimated there are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next few years, the NDIS will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

SS Diets are NDIS accredited and you can download our new customer form below and email, fax or drop it off at one of our locations.