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Consultations

Please note that I am taking extended leave from consulting from 1st August, 2019 and am no longer taking new clients.

If you require plant-based or vegan dietary advice, I recommend the getting in touch with any of the following of my colleagues:

If you’d rather see a dietitian via phone or Skype:

  • Amanda Benham, a personally vegan dietitian with expertise in vegan diets for babies, children and adults. Amanda is based in Brisbane, but offers national Skype and phone consultations

  • Dr. Kate Marsh, a personally vegan dietitian with expertise in the management of PCOS and diabetes. Kate is based in Sydney, but offers national Skype and phone consultations

  • Rebecca Phillips, a personally vegan dietitian based in Wollongong who offers national Skype consultations 

If you’d rather see a dietitian face-to-face in Melbourne:

  • Ebony McCorkell from EB Nutrition, a vegan dietitian who has clinics in Seaford and Chelsea

  • Dr. Peter Johnson, a whole food, plant-based dietitian who has a clinic in Surrey Hills and has expertise in the management of chronic health conditions

  • Jacob McGinness, a vegan dietitian who has a clinic in Thornbury and also offers online consultations  

For food intolerance, including the Low FODMAP diet for IBS, and bowel conditions such as Coeliac disease or Crohn’s disease, I recommend the team of highly-skilled dietitians at Diet Solutions (multiple locations in and around Melbourne).

For an Accredited Sports Dietitian with a good knowledge of vegan diets, I recommend Alan McCubbin, who does consultations at the Monash Base Nutrition & Exercise Clinic, and online via his website, Next Level Nutrition.

About me

I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with a special interest in plant-based nutrition. 

I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne (2009), a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney (2011), and a Master of Science (Biotechnology) from the University of Melbourne (2017).

I have a keen interest in sports nutrition, and have completed a course in sports nutrition through Sports Dietitians Australia (2017). I am also currently studying towards a two year diploma of sports nutrition through the International Olympic Committee. 

Professional Affiliations:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA): Accredited Practising Dietitian / Accredited Nutritionist

I have extensive experience in the nutritional management of:

  • IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet approach

  • PCOS

  • Insulin resistance

  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

  • High cholesterol

  • High blood pressure

  • Weight loss and weight gain

  • Recreational sports nutrition

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Please note that I do not see clients aged under 16 years of age. If you are looking for a vegan-friendly dietitian for your baby or child, or you are under the age of 16, I recommend getting in touch with Amanda Benham, who is a vegan Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist located in Brisbane, Queensland. Amanda consults in person and via Skype/phone nationally. She has extensive experience in paediatric vegan nutrition and is contactable via her website: http://www.humanherbivore.com/ 

If you are 16-17 years old, please bring your parent or legal guardian with you to your appointment.

Please note that I do not see patients diagnosed with eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and EDNOS), as this is a specialised area of dietetics which requires extensive further study. If you are looking for a dietitian specialising in eating disorders, I would recommend using the 'Find an Accredited Practising Dietitian' search function on the Dietitian's Association of Australia website to find a dietitian suitable for you. 

For students of nutrition and dietetics: please note that I am not currently taking on any students for clinical observation, and I am not currently available for mentoring due to my work and study load.

Availability 

I am not currently available for face-to-face, phone, Skype or online consultations.

Practice Location (Fitzroy North, Melbourne)

I consult at Stable Health Clinic (formerly Fitzroy Therapeutics), which is located at 155 St. Georges Road, Fitzroy North 3068 (see map below).

The clinic is located opposite the north-west corner of the Edinburgh Gardens. There is ample 2P parking available in the surrounding side streets, particularly in Brunswick Street North. 

If you are coming via public transport, the number 11 tram (West Preston - Victoria Harbour Docklands) stops right out the front of the clinic (stop 21/Alfred Crescent).

When you arrive, please wait on the bench in the reception area and I will come down to meet you - there is a good pile of magazines to keep you occupied if you're a little early! For your convenience, there is a toilet located down the hall next to the sink.

My consulting room is situated up a narrow and steep set of stairs, so please let me know in advance if you have restricted mobility and I will make arrangements for you.

 

Fees

Initial consultation, 50-60 minutes: $150 ($125 concession*)

Review consultation, standard, 20-30 minutes: $75 ($65 concession*)
Review consultations, extended, 45 minutes: $95 ($85 concession*)
Review consultations, extended, 60 minutes: $125 ($105 concession*)

*Concession pricing applies to Health Care Card holders and Pensioners only. 

Fees are payable by card (debit or credit) at the end of the appointment. 

What to bring to your consultation

Please bring a copy of any recent blood tests and a list of your regular medications and dietary supplements including vitamins, minerals and herbal preparations (or you're welcome to bring in the bottles if there aren't too many!).  Though not strictly necessary, if you are able to keep a written food diary for 3 days prior to the consultation that will also be helpful to jog your memory as to what you’re usually eating day-to-day. 

Medicare 

If you have a chronic medical condition such as Type 2 Diabetes, you may be eligible for a Medicare Chronic Disease Management (formerly known as an Enhanced Primary Care) Plan from your GP. This plan entitles you to a rebate of $52.95 for up to 5 sessions with a dietitian (or other allied health practitioner) per calendar year. Please discuss whether you are eligible with your GP.

The out of pocket (gap) fees for patients with a Medicare CDMP are as follows:

Initial consultations (60 minutes): $97.05 ($72.05 concession*)
Review consultations (30 minutes): $22.05 (bulk-billed concession*) 

*Concession pricing applies to Health Care Card holders and Pensioners only

Private Health Funds

If you have private health insurance you may be eligible for a rebate, provided you have Extras including nutrition/dietetics (item codes 500 and 600). Please contact your private health fund directly (or your product disclosure statement) to see whether you are eligible for a rebate. If so, there is a HICAPS terminal at the clinic to process the claim for you on the spot, so you'll just need to pay the gap fee on the day.

Cancellations 

Failure to attend an appointment without adequate (24 hours) notice will incur a fee of $50.