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 diabetes educator, my role is to assess your nutrition and diabetes education needs, to determine the 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 the areas of diabetes management most relevant to your needs.
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 diabetes and its management. I will ask about how you are currently managing your diabetes and about any previous diabetes education you have had.
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 usually 30 minutes long, but sometimes I may recommend a longer (45-60 minute) appointment.
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 come frequently until you accomplish your goals or feel confident managing your diabetes 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.
Fees are $195 for the initial consultation and $100-$170 for follow-up consultations (depending on the length of the appointment). Fees are payable on the day of consultation by credit card (you will receive a link to pay online) or direct bank transfer.
Medicare and private health fund rebates
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. Most health funds now provide rebates for telephone or video consultations but you may wish to check with your fund. We will provide you with a receipt to submit to your fund for a rebate.
Medicare also 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 complete a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangement before your appointment and provide you with the relevant referral form. We don’t bulk bill so you will still need to pay the consultation fee on the day and we will provide you with a receipt to submit to Medicare to claim your rebate. The current Medicare rebate is $54.60 for both initial and review consultations.
If you cannot attend your appointment, please let us know by phone or email at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. We currently have a long waiting list for appointments and this will allow us to arrange another time for you and offer this appointment to someone else. If you miss an appointment or don’t provide us with at least 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, a cancellation fee will be charged.