If you have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, nutrition and lifestyle changes are recommended as the first line of management. I can provide you with evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle advice, tailored to your individual goals, lifestyle and food preferences.
I have extensive experience and understanding of the dietary and lifestyle management of PCOS – this was the topic of my PhD research. I am author of The Low GI Diet for PCOS, a previous guest lecturer on PCOS at the University of Sydney and a member of the lifestyle Guideline Development Group for the PCOS International Evidence-Based Guidelines.
If you have PCOS, I can help you with:
- Understanding the important role lifestyle changes play in the management of PCOS.
- Understanding insulin resistance and its role in PCOS.
- Dietary education and advice for PCOS.
- Understanding the role of exercise and other lifestyle factors
- Pre-conception and pregnancy nutrition and lifestyle management.
- Reducing the health risks (including risk of diabetes) associated with PCOS.
YOUR PCOS NUTRITION CONSULTATIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first consultation will take 60 minutes and is devoted to collecting a history from you and discussing your goals and expectations of working together.
As a dietitian and lifestyle medicine professional, my role is to assess your needs, to determine the nutrition and lifestyle changes that may help you in achieving your goals and to plan how I can best help you in achieving these goals. I will also provide education regarding PCOS and the role of nutrition and lifestyle changes in its management.
To do this, we will discuss your current lifestyle, weight history, medical and family history, usual eating patterns and activity levels, and your current knowledge about PCOS and its management.
In most cases, our first follow-up appointment will be booked after 2-4 weeks. In this consultation we will review your progress, answer any questions you may have and I will provide further education tailored to your needs. Follow-up appointments are 30 minutes long.
The number and frequency of further follow-up appointments will depend entirely on the reason you are seeing me and your individual needs and goals. You may wish to have frequent consultations until you accomplish your goals or feel confident managing your PCOS on your own, or you may only need two or three sessions to get the information you need. While I will provide recommendations, the choice of consultation frequency is always yours.
All consultations are provided by telehealth (videoconference or phone) – more details can be found below.
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth consultations are conducted by videoconference or telephone, depending on your preference.
Video consultations are similar to a face-to-face consultation but conducted by videoconference – we can see each other and I can share my screen with you when providing education. We use a secure telehealth platform, designed specifically for healthcare consultations.
Phone consultations are conducted by telephone, so we won’t be able to see each other but otherwise the content of our consultations are the same as if I was to see you in person or by videoconference.
CONSULTATION FEES AND REBATES
Fees are $220 for the initial consultation and $110 for follow-up consultations. Fees are payable on the day of consultation by credit card or EFT.
Rebates are available from most private health funds as part of ‘extras’ cover. Rebates vary according to the fund, your level of cover, and whether it is an initial or follow-up appointment. We will provide you with a receipt to submit to your fund for a rebate.
Medicare provides rebates for dietitians and diabetes educators for certain conditions and circumstances. To find out if you are eligible, speak with your GP, who will need to provide you with the relevant referral form. We don’t bulk bill so you will need to pay your account on the day and we can submit your receipt to Medicare to process your rebate. The current Medicare rebate is $56.00 for both initial and review consultations.