I have a degree, Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine), from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT).
I am a qualified Clinical Nutritionist as I completed over 300 hours of clinic practical training as part of my degree.
I completed my studies to a high level evidenced by being awarded the BioConcepts Engagement Award for contributions to campus and college upon graduation.
I am accredited with my professional association Australian Natural Therapists Assoication (ANTA) which holds me to a strict standard of practicing. To be registered I need to:
-Adhere to high standards and strong codes of practice.
-Have a senior first aid qualification.
-Do yearly Continued Professional Education, e.g. attend lectures, write articles etc.
-Current professional insurance.
I'm a nutritionist, I have a degree in Health Science majoring in Nutrition however I am not a Dietitian. In Australia there are no legal restricitions on who can call themselves nutritionists or dietitians so it can be very confusing.
One key difference between nutritionists and dietitians is that there are no Medicare rebates available for nutritionist visits while there often are for dietitians. Nutritionists and dietitians can work in similar roles however it is usually only dietitians who are trained to work in hospital, medical and food service management settings. I had no interest in working in these settings so I did a nutritionist degree however I am considering becoming a dietitian in the future.
Some private health insurers offer rebates for nutrition services however it will depend upon your level of cover and the service in question. Clinic consults are a claimable service but things such as supermarket tours are not (though they are generally a lot more afforable). To be certain what you are entitled to it is best to contact your insurer directly.
Some insurers that offer rebates for nutrition services with certain levels of cover are APIA, AHM, Medibank Private, NIB, AAMI, Suncorp, Australian Unity, CUA, GU Health, HBF, GMF, Mildure Health Fund, Qantus Health Insurance, Queensland Country Health, Territory Country Health, health.com and Westfund. Once again, check with your insurer directly to find out what you are entitled to.
Unfortunately while home visit consults can be a convenient option many private health insurers do not provide rebates for home visits. Health funds that DO allow rebates for home visit consults are Australian Unity, CBHS, GU Health & NIB.
I follow the evidence-based idea that weight is not a good indicator of overall health. Body weight is one measurement to consider when looking at a persons health however it is only one of many. Intentional weight manipulation has a very low evidence-based success rate, does not necessarily improve health and, with the staggering rise in eating disorders and disordered eating habits, may be doing harm.
Some factors that have more evidence-based influence on peoples health status than weight are strong social relationships, social intergration, reducing or quitting smoking, moderating alcohol intake and physical activity. These are the factors, along with possible dietary modifications, that I would support changing instead of body weight. You can still want to change your weight and it may change anyway but it will not be a goal of our work together.
As explained above weight is not a reliable indicator of overall health, weight inclusive care is simply saying that I will support you to get to a state of wellbeing independent of your body size. I won't ask you to lose weight to be well, I will offer treatments that can modify your health without trying to lose weight.
I am a HAES practitioner which means I have signed a pledge that supports the Health At Every Size paradigm which includes respect for all bodies and diversities, compassionate self-care including eating and moving as you feel necessary and critical awareness including challenging long held health assumptions and valuing individual lived experience.