The Wellness Workshop
Dietetics and Nutrition
Health At Every Size Dietitians that provide best practice, evidence-based treatment to help you improve your relationship with food.
Trusted dietitians in Australia
The Wellness Workshop dietitians are Health At Every Size, compassionate, non-diet dietitians. We provide you with best practice, evidence-based care, delivering telehealth dietetic consultations from the comfort of your own home. Feel listened to and supported in improving your relationship with food and your body.
What does a dietitian do?
An Accredited Practising Dietitian is a university qualified and nationally accredited food and nutrition expert. APD's identify as an allied health professional that deliver medical nutrition therapy and nutrition advice for individuals.
The Wellness Workshop’s Dietitians are Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned, meaning we’re focussed on improving your overall health and wellness by addressing a variety of health behaviours, rather than focusing solely on weight-based outcomes.
This approach ensures you feel welcomed, listened to and supported while receiving the best possible care regardless of size, ethnicity, sexual orientation or social status.
What is the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?
Unlike Dietitians, nutritionists do not need to complete an accredited degree. In fact, in Australia, anybody can call themselves a “nutritionist” despite having no formal qualifications. Only Accredited Practicing Dietitians, like those at The Wellness Workshop, are permitted to provide medical nutrition therapy and work in hospitals, as well having the eligibility to provide eligible patients with rebates through Medicare, DVA, NDIS and a large range of Health Insurance Funds.
How can The Wellness Workshop dietitians help you?
General healthy eating advice
Gut conditions (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
Food allergies & food intolerances
Chronic illness and chronic disease management
Chronic or yo-yo dieting
Assistance with fussy eaters, particularly children
Overcoming food fears & phobias
High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Heart Health including high cholesterol
Pre/Post Natal Nutrition
Why choose The Wellness Workshop’s HAES dietitians?
The Wellness Workshop is one of the few practices in Melbourne and around Australia that advocate for Health at Every Size (HAES). Our HAES Dietitians do not focus solely on weight or the pursuit of weight loss as a tool for measuring success, but rather help you understand and improve a range of health behaviours and habits that aim to increase your overall wellbeing.
A "diet" will not be recommended to you unless it is medically required (i.e. food intolerances) or requested by your doctor or specialist physician. Instead, you'll discover how to implement the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive eating principles to help you develop a more positive relationship with food and your body.
What is the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating Program?
The Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating Program aims to help you improve health outcomes and behaviours while increasing self-esteem and body acceptance.
The approach has been proven to reduce yo-yo dieting and body dissatisfaction and is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honour and listen to your body’s internal cues and messages.
With research now showing that “dieting is almost guaranteed to result in weight gain over and above what was originally lost” (The Health Body Company, Susan Williams, APD) while contributing to disordered eating and low self-esteem, the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating Program encourages you to do exactly opposite this and adopt a more flexible, accepting and nurturing relationship to food.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect in a Dietetic consultation?
During your initial consultation, the Dietitian will ask you questions about your medical history, lifestyle, work, social background, and your current health-related concerns and nutrition goals.
You will have the opportunity to speak freely and in confidence about everything and anything that you feel is impacting on you, your health, and your relationship with food.
From there you'll be provided with a tailored plan created specifically to reach your personal goals in small achievable steps. You'll also be equipped with resources, recipe ideas, and practical exercises that will help facilitate the changes you wish to make.
In review appointments, you can ask questions and address any barriers to your goals, develop insight into your eating behaviours, and adapt any strategies as necessary.
Review appointments are vital for ensuring you are on the right track and any suggestions/exercises our Dietitian has given you are either going well, or need to be changed (i.e. food intolerances, FODMAP…etc)
Does Private Health insurance cover a Dietetic consultation?
If you have a private health policy with at least Medium Level Extras cover, usually it will cover Dietetics/Nutrition consultations for up to $400 per year. Generally, rebates cover 60% of the total fee (depending on your cover level and provider) however it’s important to check with your individual provider and policy for an accurate quote.
How many sessions with the Dietitian will I need?
This depends on your individual goals and needs. The general recommendation is 3 sessions at a minimum to collect important information and review progress. However, if you want to make long term changes to your diet and eating behaviours, further appointments are highly recommended to guide you towards long term maintenance and improved wellbeing.
How much does a dietitian appointment cost?
Initial 50 minute Dietetic Consultation: $125
Follow-Up 30 minute Dietetic Consultation: $75
*Medicare and private health rebates apply to eligible consultations including care plans and eating disorder plans provided by your GP.
Does Medicare cover a Dietetic consultation?
Individuals with a diagnosed chronic medical condition (e.g. Osteoporosis, IBS, Liver Disease) who are under the care of multiple health professionals may be considered by their General Practitioner for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. If eligible, this plan provides you with up to 5 sessions per calendar year with the allied health professional/s of your choice.
For individuals with a diagnosed Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder etc) or patients who meet relevant criteria for disordered eating behaviour may also be eligible for up to 20 Dietetic sessions per calendar year rebated under Medicare.
Please note that to obtain this care plan, you will need to consult with your GP to determine your needs and eligibility before you can claim your sessions. Those under a care plan receive a Medicare rebate of $55.10 for Dietetic consultations which is subject to change without notice at the discretion of Medicare.
What do I need for my consultation?
You will not need anything for your appointment, however, to make the most of your session we ask that you complete a short New Client Questionnaire online prior to your appointment which is sent to you upon booking.
If you have any other documents you feel would be relevant (referral letters, blood test results, diagnostic results), you can provide these via email as they will help to conduct a more comprehensive assessment. Otherwise, we may ask your permission to obtain these results from your GP.
Branavie Ranjithakumaran is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN).
She is an advocate of the Non-Diet Approach and Health At Every Size, and has undergone Intuitive Eating training through the London Center for Intuitive Eating.
Branavie has a passion for food and works as a researcher at the Royal Children’s Hospital and co-hosts the podcast, The Pantry Party.
Elena is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC) awarded by Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). With a lived experience of Trauma and Postnatal Depression, Elena obtained further training in these fields and is now experienced in supporting people with mental health conditions, neurodiverse persons, as well as people living with Eating Disorders.