Dietetics and nutrition
The Wellness Workshop is home to some of the few Health At Every Size Dietitians in Melbourne. Our Dietitians pride themselves on providing you with best practice, evidence-based care, delivering online consultations using telehealth, zoom and video-conferencing technologies.
Our 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.
We offer Medicare, DVA, Private Health Cover and NDIS rebates to eligible patients, and work closely with you and your team of doctors and/or Allied Health Professionals by maintaining regular communication and providing progress reports where requested. To book a consultation with our Dietitian click here. You can also book an online consultation – just fill in the same booking form and enter “Online consultation” in the comments.
What does a Dietitian do?
An Accredited Practising Dietitian/Accredited Nutritionist is a university qualified and nationally accredited food and nutrition expert. We identify as an allied health professional that delivers medical nutrition therapy and nutrition advice for healthy individuals.
The Wellness Workshop’s Dietitians have completed a University-level degree accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), abide to a Code of Professional Conduct, comply with regular professional development annually, and have completed at least 20 weeks placement in a clinical setting.
Our Dietitians can work with you and your whole healthcare team (GP, Physio, Exercise Physiologist, Psychologist and more) to help you manage a range of chronic conditions and dietary issues, as well as optimise your health through food and nutrition.
How can our 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
Eating Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia
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
what's the difference between a Dietitian and a 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.
Why choose The Wellness Workshop’s Dietitians?
The Wellness Workshop is one of the few practices in Melbourne 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. We will not force a diet upon you unless it is medically required (i.e. food intolerances) or requested by your doctor or specialist physician. We use the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive eating principles to help you develop a 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 clients to do exactly opposite this and adopt a more flexible, accepting and nurturing relationship to food.
Frequently asked questions
What to expect in a Dietetic consultation?
During your initial consultation, our 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 we’ll then provide you with a tailored plan created specifically to reach your personal goals in small achievable steps. We will also equip you 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 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 those 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 $53.80 for Dietetic consultations which is subject to change without notice at the discretion of Medicare.
HOW MUCH DOES A DIETitian appointment COST?
Initial Dietetic Consultation: $115
Follow-Up Dietetic Consultation: $70
*Medicare and private health rebates may apply - see below.
Medicare and Private Health Rebates
Medicare and private health rebates may be claimed for some services provided by a Dietitian.
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.
What should I bring to my consultation?
You will not need to bring anything to 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), we would appreciate you bringing these with you as they will help us to conduct a more comprehensive assessment. Otherwise, we may ask your permission to obtain these results from your GP.
How many sessions with the Dietitian will I need?
This depends on your individual goals and needs. We recommend 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.
WHO IS OUR DIETITIAN?
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.
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
To book a consultation with our Dietitian in Melbourne, click below. You can also book an online consultation if you prefer – just fill in the same booking form and enter “Online consultation” in the comments section.