I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with a special interest in plant-based (vegan and vegetarian) 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.
Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA): Accredited Practising Dietitian / Accredited Nutritionist
Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM): Full Membership
I have extensive experience in the nutritional management of:
Food intolerances, including IBS and the low FODMAPs approach
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
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 aged between 16 and 18 years of age, 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.
My clinic hours are:
Please note that there is generally a waiting time of 6 weeks for an initial consultation.
I offer face-to-face consultations only, and regret that I am not currently available for phone, Skype or email consultations at this time.
Please use the contact form (on the Contact page) to email me for all enquiries regarding consultations.
If you could please include some information about your current diet and nutrition goals in your email that would be greatly appreciated, as it will assist me in working out whether I am the best fit for you. I am more than happy to provide you with a recommendation for another dietitian who may be more suitable for a specific medical condition, or for your individual requirements.
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.
Initial consultation, 60 minutes: $145* ($125 concession**)
Review consultation, standard, 30 minutes: $75 ($65 concession**)
Review consultations, extended, 45 minutes: $95 ($85 concession**)
Review consultations, extended, 60 minutes: $125 ($105 concession**)
*Please note that my fees will be increasing to $150 for initial consultations for all new clients from 1st May 2019
*Concession pricing applies to Health Care Card holders and Pensioners only.
Fees are payable by cash or 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.
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): $92.05* ($72.05 concession**)
Review consultations (30 minutes): $22.05 (bulk-billed concession**)
*Please note that in line with my fee increase coming into effect on the 1st of May 2019, the out-of-pocket fees for an initial consultation will be $97.05
**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.
Failure to attend an appointment without adequate (24 hours) notice will incur a fee of $50.