What to expect
Your first consultation will take 60 minutes and is devoted to collecting a history from you and providing education about gestational diabetes, including how to monitor your blood glucose levels.
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 managing your condition and to provide the education you need 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 gestational diabetes and its management.
The aim of our first consultation is to provide you with the knowledge you need to make healthy food choices for pregnancy, to help with managing your blood glucose levels as well as ensuring you are meeting your nutritional needs for pregnancy. If you are not already monitoring, I will also provide you with a blood glucose meter, teach you how to monitor and register you for the National Diabetes Supplies Scheme (NDSS) so that you can access subsidised blood glucose test strips.
In most cases, our first follow-up appointment will be booked after 2-3 weeks, but we will also remain in regular email contact between appointments. In subsequent consultations 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.
The number and frequency of further follow-up appointments will depend on your stage of pregnancy and your blood glucose levels. Some women only need two appointments while in other cases we need more regular appointments to review and adjust your eating plan, and if required, to teach you how to give insulin.
Fees are $210 for the initial consultation and $100 for follow-up consultations. If you need a blood glucose meter, this is provided free of charge. 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.