Nutrition and Dietetics
Our nutritionists and dietitians offer positive and non-judgemental services for those seeking support with food, eating, health and well-being.
Using the latest research, our dedicated team work to meet your needs and reach your goals.
Our dietitians support you
Our dietitians offer support with
- General nutrition and healthy eating
- Diabetes and prevention of diabetes
- Heart health, cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Assistance to manage gout through diet
- Assistance to manage thyroid conditions through diet
- Fussy or selective eating
- Eating disorder concerns
- Body image issues
- Nutrition for pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Stomach and gut issues
- Food intolerance and allergy
- Vegetarian and vegan eating
- Loss of strength or energy
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Confusion about popular diets.
How to make an appointment with our nutritionist and dietitian
Our Nutrition and Dietetics services are available at the following locations:
Fees and payments
We offer services for all members of the community. Some of our services prioritise access to people and families with greater health, economic and social needs. We set the costs of our services based on income ranges. These income ranges are based on the Centrelink Income Test for pensioners. See our current income tables.
If you have a chronic disease, a referral from your doctor may provide faster access to dietetic treatment, at a lower cost to you.
If you want to talk to someone about fees, please call 03 9810 3000. We are here to help find the best solution for you.
Meet our team of dietitians
The team of dietitians at Access Health & Community can help you unravel the mysteries of what to eat and how to enjoy it. Whether you have a health condition to manage, specific nutrition questions, want to feel healthier, or want to have a more positive relationship with food – we are not far away. We see people of all ages and can accept GP referrals, NDIS referrals and self-referrals. We are not the food police and focus on long term sustainable changes to make for a happy and healthy you!
Left to right: Karen, Simone, Cathie, Kathleen (not present)
What is a dietitian and what do they do?
A dietitian is a health professional who has training, skills and knowledge about food, health and wellbeing. Our dietitians provide practical advice and support to help people make positive changes to their diet and eating habits. Their approach is nonjudgmental and is focused on working with you to achieve your goals.
What is the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?
A dietitian is also a qualified nutritionist. A nutritionist may or may not be a qualified dietitian.
Our dietitians are members of the Dietitians Association of Australia and complete the annual additional requirements to be ‘Accredited Practising Dietitians’.
Do I need a referral?
If you are under 65 you don’t need a referral to see a dietitian and can refer yourself. If you are over 65 you can contact My Aged Care. We accept GP care plans and you can receive a Medicare rebate if your GP has completed team care arrangements.
Will I be given a ‘diet plan’?
Our dietitians do not give restrictive diet plans or use a one size fits all approach. Instead they:
- provide individually tailored nutrition advice
- support you to work with your natural body cues
- encourage mindful eating, and
- discuss how to look after any health conditions or concerns.
Our dietitian will provide you with the tools and education to improve your health now, and into the future.
How many appointments can I have?
The number of appointments varies depending on your needs and is often between one and six.
Review appointments can be spaced apart to allow you to have time to practice new skills.
What happens at the first appointment?
At your first appointment our dietitian will get to know you and your situation a little better. The initial appointment will usually last 40-60 minutes.
Our dietitians can see individuals, couples, families, parents and children, and people with their carers.