Dietitians for weight management
How are you helping your patients to lose (or gain) weight?
As a medical professional, attempts to help patients to reach or move towards a healthy weight can be frustrating. You may spend each short consultation trying to manage symptoms that may be improved by weight loss yet never have time for detailed nutrition counselling and exercise recommendations (and you can’t be there between visits to ensure that they’re followed). And then there are medical factors such as thyroid dysfunction, physical injury or disability and medication side-effects that can work against weight loss. Other patients may have a diagnosed or subclinical eating disorder such as Binge Eating Disorder (BED) or Night Eating Syndrome (NES) that make weight loss behaviours challenging. On the flip side, underweight patients with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa may resist recommendations for increasing food intake. Helping patients to achieve a healthy weight can feel like a losing battle.
How we can help you to help them
What if you could call on a collaborative partner with specialised expertise in weight loss and related medical factors? Our accredited practising dietitians (APDs) can partner you in your patients’ medical management. They are experts in identifying and working with complex factors that contribute to body weight, and turning them into simple, easy-to-follow, evidence-based weight management plans that work with each client’s body, lifestyle and food preferences.
With specialised qualifications in nutrition science and extensive experience working with clients whose weight issues stem from diverse factors, our dietitians (APDs) base each person’s tailored, personalised plan on a comprehensive medical history and profile. They also use techniques such as motivational interviewing to identify how best to help each person to achieve lasting behaviour change and meet their health goals.
Why your patients need a dietitian
Overweight and obesity
Many of your patients have probably tried and failed to lose weight or become caught in a ‘yo-yo’ cycle of weight loss and regain. Or their weight loss efforts may have been inhibited by an injury or disability, medical condition or medication side-effects. In either case, they may feel frustrated and hopeless and reluctant to try again. It is important to assure such patients that their excess weight is not their fault by explaining that most popular weight loss protocols are doomed to fail in the long term because they work against the body’s biology and ignore personal factors. That in fact, research shows that dieting or restrictive eating causes weight gain by lowering metabolism and encouraging overeating by disrupting natural appetite signals. In the case of a medical condition, explaining the effects and that an accredited practising dietitian (APD) is qualified to address medical issues with nutrition, can help to instil confidence and hope.
This patient group can be difficult to identify and even more challenging to assist. Many sufferers of eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia nervosa and orthorexia will deny that their weight loss or refusal to return to or maintain a healthy weight is a problem. Moreover, the underlying psychological factors are likely to result in resistance to any weight restoration or maintenance recommendations. And unless a patient’s weight is ‘dangerously’ low (e.g. BMI 14-15) or they present with factors such as low blood pressure and fainting, severe electrolyte imbalance and/or cardiac irregularities, medical professionals can be limited in their influence. This is where an accredited practising dietitian (APD) can help. In such cases, a dietitian will work to create a collaborative alliance, including working to overcome a client’s fears of specific foods and food types using nutrition education and staging increases in food and kilojoule intake/diversity of food types to accommodate a client’s tolerance level and rate of progress. They may also work in with a client’s existing psychologist or psychiatrist. In a medical sense, they can work with you to target identified deficiencies or medical issues or symptoms resulting from malnourishment.
For Medicare (CDM) patients and those eligible for dietetics services through NDIS, TAC, DVA, My Aged Care and WorkCover, our online referral and enrolment process is simple and enables your patient to promptly access the care they need. Each community program has distinct requirements, which you will be asked to upload on your patient’s form.
For private dietetics clients, a formal referral is not required. They can simply make an online booking via the button below or by phoning (03) 9013 5987.
“Dietetics is most effective when it’s harmonious with each person’s goals and motivation, lifestyle, capacities and preferences and broader healthcare management. I am committed to person-centred care and providing tailored advice to best support individuals to achieve their health and nutrition goals,” says Soaring Health dietitian Melinda. This collaborative approach extends to consulting with clients’ other medical and allied health providers. “I believe strongly in a multidisciplinary team approach to best support clients in achieving their health and wellbeing goals.” -Melinda, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)
If your patient(s) can’t get to our clinics or feel more comfortable in their own home, our dietitians can provide online consulting for weight loss and weight management. All a patient needs is an internet connection to receive full clinical dietetics consultations and ongoing, personal support at their convenience.
2 convenient clinic locations
Our two clinics are conveniently located and offer appointments to fit in with your patients’ schedules. We’re open 6 days with 8am-8pm weekday opening hours. Choose a clinic to suit.
Located in: Thomastown Recreation & Aquatic Centre
Address: 54 Main Street, Thomastown VIC 3074
Located in: Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre
Address: 60 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064
Templestowe Lower Clinic
Located in: Templestowe Lower Clinic
Address: 139 Williamsons Rd, Templestowe Lower VIC 3107
Fees, subsidies and rebates
The fees for private clients for standard 60-minute and 30-minute dietetics consultations are $194 and $80. Eligible private insurance policies may offer rebates on dietetics. Clients with a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan may be eligible for Medicare-subsidised consultations. NDIS participants and patients eligible for My Aged Care, TAC, WorkCover and DVA may be eligible for no-gap dietetics consultations.