Before prescribing your Nutritional Plan, medical and nutritional needs, eating habits, food preferences and lifestyle are assessed. Your social, occupational and psychological needs are also taken into account when the Dietitian devises a program to help you achieve your goals.
Personalised meal plans will be designed to suit your needs, discussed with you and supplied to you together with other appropriate literature, generally over the first few appointments.
In most cases, follow up appointments are necessary. During future confidential, personal counselling sessions, many different topics relevant to you and your needs may be discussed.
On a continuing basis, your Dietitian will aim to ensure that your hunger levels are minimal, your nutrient requirements are met and that you do not feel deprived, as you progress to your specific goal/s.
In devising (and continually revising) your menu plans, the Dietitian will aim as much as possible to retain your normal, everyday eating pattern, including only foods you enjoy, to ensure that your new eating habits are maintained with as little effort as possible.
The following outlines some of the areas or topics that may be discussed at length with you during your follow up program. If you think you have a problem, in any of these areas, or would like to discuss any of these topics, with your Dietitian, then also, please let her know.
Appointments for consultations at the Blackwood Clinic can be made by telephoning the clinic on (08) 8278 4476
If you would like TeleHealth (Telephone) Appointments, these are also available. When you phone our clinic please let our staff know that this is your preference. These are a convenient option for people who wish to have a consultation from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Please note that after hours appointments are also available on Saturday mornings.
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Following your first appointment with the Dietitian, in most cases, review (or follow up) appointments are scheduled. At these consultations your progress is reviewed. Often the Dietitian will ask you to keep a record of your food intake between appointments. If you have had any difficulties, then these can be discussed at your consultation as well. Often more literature is provided or sent to you (at no cost) to read, at each consultation. The Dietitian will also, discuss different things with you at each consultation, so that you continue to learn and gain new knowledge.
Review consultations are often fortnightly to begin with, some clients, however, prefer (or benefit from) weekly appointments initially, to gain confidence and to have more support and guidance in the early stages. If you would prefer weekly appointments, please ask your Dietitian or our secretary. As you successfully progress toward your goal (or goals) and are able to follow your eating plan easily, appointments are generally spread out to monthly, until you achieve your goal (or goals).
If for example, you are on a weight reduction program, then your program would need to be reviewed by the Dietitian when you achieve your goal weight. Often changes will be made to your menu plan to enable you to maintain your weight (so you do not keep on losing or regain your weight) and the Dietitian will need to provide you with information so that you can permanently maintain your weight, on your own.
From that point, monthly appointments can then either be continued for a few months to review maintenance of goals, and then progress to a 3 monthly interval between appointments. If desired, appointments can be maintained every 3 months, or appointments stopped, as long as goals (eg your weight, blood sugar or cholesterol levels) are maintained.
You have the ability to make your follow up appointments when you wish, at a time that suits you, whether it be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. If you would prefer weekly (or even monthly) appointments, and the Dietitian suggested fortnightly, then this is fine, just make sure to inform our secretary of your wishes.
You also have the ability to book many appointments at once, ahead of time, to ensure that you get the time that is most convenient for you. For example, you may decide to book 4.00pm appointments, every 2 weeks for a period of 2 months.
Please allow 45 minutes for your initial consultation and 20 minutes for your review (or follow up) consultations.
If you have previously consulted with a dietitian please note your consultation is classified as an initial consultation if more than one year has lapsed between your appointments as the dietitian wil need to spend more time with you. (Note: You'll also receive back the higher initial rebate from your health fund if you have cover.)
Initial Consultation Before Health Fund rebate: $139
Review Consultation Before Health Fund rebate: $61
Medicare Bulk bill (therefore no cost to client)
Payment of your account is due directly following your consultation by cash, cheque or credit card, and/or your private health fund card (using 'HiCaps') (see below). EFTPOS facilities are available for payment, using credit, savings or cheque accounts. Following payment, a receipt will then be issued to you.
Most 'Extras' tables with private health insurance funds cover dietitians.
For your payment convenience, we have HiCaps facilities, should you have private health insurance (with appropriate 'Extras' cover that covers Dietitian consultations). We can process your rebate directly and 'instantly' (for most health funds) with your card, so that you only have to finalise the 'gap' payment.
If you ‘qualify' for a Medicare rebate, you will have ‘no gap' to pay, as we bulk bill Medicare direct.
Many private health insurance funds offer rebates for Dietitian services. If you have extras cover, you may attract a rebate of up to 80% of the consultation fee, for an individual consultation (depending on your 'table' or 'level' of cover and your actual fund).
If you would like more details on your particular level of coverage, appointment rebate(s) and annual limits please contact your health fund.
Most health funds which have Dietitian rebates, will allow you an annual limit of between $200 - $800 for rebates for Dietitian services. This approximates to being covered for between 10 - 25 consultations over a year.
Joining a new Health Fund
If you currently have no private extras cover and wish to join a health fund, please note that a 'waiting period' may apply (often around 2 months) before you can collect your rebates, after you join. Therefore, please confirm the waiting period with your health fund.
Changing Health Funds
If you have private extras cover and you wish to change funds a waiting period may not apply if you are staying with a similar 'level' or 'table' of cover.
If you wish to find out whether you can qualify for Medicare funded appointments please speak with your doctor. Medicare can cover up to 5 dietitian consultations every year, if you qualify and if your doctor refers you.
Referred Medicare patients
Your doctor will usually send us your Medicare forms prior to your first appointment. If we have not received these you will need to bring these along with you at the time of the appointment to be able to qualify for your Medicare rebate.