Accredited Practising Dietitian’s (APDs) are university-qualified experts in nutrition and dietetics. They are health professionals who use nutrition modification to treat clinical conditions. Dietitian’s have a minimum of four years tertiary education and practice evidence based diet therapies that have been scientifically proven.
Dietitian’s can provide a range of services:
- Assessing people’s nutritional needs
- Developing personalised eating plans
- Providing individual nutrition counselling and support
- Providing information on healthy eating
- Dispelling nutrition myths and misinformation
- Assisting people when shopping for food
- Educating people to make better choices when eating out
- Recommendations for preparing food at home
Dietitian’s can provide treatment and management for the following conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Coeliac disease
- Food intolerance, e.g. lactose or fructose malabsorption
- Nutrient deficiencies, e.g. iron deficiency anaemia
- Vegetarian and vegan diets
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GORD)
- Diverticular disease
- Heart disease, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and hypertension
- Pre-diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Weight management
Dietitian’s work with GPs to advise patients on the specific nutritional management of chronic health conditions.
Medicare provides rebates for visits to APDs treating chronic health conditions under a care plan coordinated by a GP.
Visits to private practising APDs are also covered by most private health funds and can be claimed on the spot with HICAPS.