WHAT IS A DIETITIAN?

Dietitians are the leading nutrition experts. They are the only profession legally qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy to individuals & the public.

Definition: “A professional who applies the science of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent and treat disease to optimise the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations.”

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIETITIAN & NUTRITIONIST?

“All Dietitians are Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Dietitians”.

Dietitians are the next ‘level up’ from Nutritionists as they’ve undertaken 1-2 additional years of education to ‘specialise’ in the field.
Accredited Practising Dietitians are the gold standard in Australia as the term ‘Nutritionist’ is not protected or regulated. This means a Nutritionist could have a 3yr university degree or an online coaching course… unfortunately it’s tricky to differentiate between qualified vs unqualified Nutritionists here in Australia, however the ‘Dietitian’ stamp of approval ensures you’re with a trusted professional.

The term ‘Dietitian’ means your clinician has completed a minimum of 4 years of tertiary education at an accredited University. While Dietitians can work in any nutrition-related area (hospitals, medical clinics, food service, public health, government, etc), Nutritionists can not.

Dietitians are also the only nutrition professional that is recognised by private health insurance, so your dietitian visits can be rebated and don’t need a doctors referral!

 

WHAT DO DIETITIANS DO?

Dietitians understand how different food and drinks affect the body, applying their knowledge of physiology to help both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions appropriately nourish their body to improve their health.

“They use their knowledge and skills in a range of workplaces from client-facing roles in clinics and hospitals, to foodservice roles in which they impact the nutrition of residents and inpatients, to roles where they influence the health of the population by impacting food policy and the food supply such as in government public health roles and food companies.”

WHO CAN SEE A DIETITIAN?

Anyone! It’s a common misconception that you only see a dietitian if you’re very sick or have a chronic condition, this is untrue. You can see a dietitian for any health concern, for prevention & just to check in to see how you can improve your diet – Olivia encourages and loves to see clients for general ‘check ups’ as we know that’s key for good health!

What you might see a dietitian for;

  • Weight management.
  • Improving your relationship with food.
  • Digestive issues & diagnosis e.g. IBS, intolerances, allergy, bloating, bowel changes, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, gas, etc.
  • Diabetes.
  • High cholesterol, blood sugars, blood pressure.
  • Eating Disorders.
  • Healthy eating advice.
  • Cancer.
  • Liver & Kidney Disease.
  • Fussy eating in children.
  • Food Allergies.
  • Arthritis & inflammatory conditions.
  • Fitness & Sports Nutrition.
  • Fertility & Pregnancy.
  • Managing symptoms from medication.
  • PCOS & Endometriosis.
  • Improving your gut health.
  • Eating right for Mental Health.
  • Cooking & Shopping Education.
  • Dietary Motivation & Accountability.
  • Texture Modified Diets.
  • Bariatric Surgery.

WHAT DO CONSULTATIONS WITH OLIVIA LOOK LIKE?
Olivia understands from being a patient herself that seeing a dietitian or any health professional can be overwhelming. She tries to make your time with her a positive, open & fun experience!
Within consultations; Olivia will be guided by you & what outcome you’re looking for, before analysing your diet and lastly chatting about where to go & how to change things. She focuses on teaching you physiology so you can understand the ‘why’ behind her recommendations, providing in depth knowledge of how nutrition affects your goals or condition, then creating a plan of attack with you on how to achieve these outcomes in a way that’s easy, delicious and makes logical sense.

Initial Consultation – 60 mins.
Review Consultations – 30 mins.
Private Health Rebates available.

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