Frequently asked questions


What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice, and practise in line with Dietitian Association of Australia (DAA) Professional Standards. To find out more about the role of APD's check out the DAA website.

What is a Intuitive Eating Counsellor?

An Intuitive Eating Counsellor is someone who specialises in helping people move away from dieting and instead eat intuitively and have a healthy relationship with food and their body. I have trained with Evelyn Tribole, specialist Dietitian and author of the original book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works. Intuitive eating focuses on eating mainly according to internal cues of hunger and fullness. It explores satisfaction from meals, eating due to emotions and our relationship with movement. The process works towards gentle nutrition which focuses on eating foods to promote health that you enjoy and also  feel good in your body.

What can I expect from my first appointment?

You can expect a warm, non-judgemental approach to your nutrition needs. I am keen to listen to you and what is important to you. An initial appointment is either a long appointment of 50 minutes or if you feel you need more time a 75 minute extended appointment is available. We will discuss aspects about your health and lifestyle and most importantly what you want to achieve. Questions I ask may include your current health status, past medical history, medication or supplements you take, your experience with dieting, your weight history, your food preferences and general eating and lifestyle habits. This allows us to work with you to provide you with relevant, individually tailored advice and strategies to help you meet your goals. Please bring any recent test results and a copy of your GP referral if you have one.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No. A referral from your GP is only needed for Medicare Team Care Arrangement. Others clients do not require a GP referral.

What does a consultation cost?

Short consultation (25 minutes) $70.

Long consultation (50 minutes) $120.

Extended Consultations (75 minutes) is $180.

Initial assessments will always be either a long or extended consultation. Review appointments can be short or long consultations depending on the nature of the visit.

Fees are payable at the completion of each session. Payment can be made by cash or eftpos however we do not accept AMEX.

Fees are reviewed prior to the end of the financial year. There fees are current for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Regarding refunds and rebates please refer to the Medicare and health fund rebates section below. Be aware that there will be a gap to pay with eligible Medicare claims.

Can I claim Medicare or private health fund rebates?

Medicare provides rebates for visits to APDs treating chronic health conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer) under a care plan coordinated by a general practitioner. Contact your GP to see if you are eligible for a Medicare Team Care Arrangement. 

Visits to an accredited practising dietitian (APD) are also covered by most private health funds but these rates vary depending on your level of cover. Please contact your private health fund for further information about rebates.

Can I get a rebate for group sessions?

Some health insurers have rebates for 'health improvement activities' or similar and nutrition groups may be included in this definition by some providers. Contact your private health fund for further information about rebates.

Will I be weighed?

At Gentle Nutrition we have a weight neutral approach. That means that we do not focus on weight but on your overall health and we will often decide not to measure your weight. Monitoring weight can be helpful in some cases but it is only 1 of the many pieces of information we might use and is not necessary for all clients. If we do think that monitoring weight would be useful to your care we will always ask permission first and respect your right to decline. This will be discussed further during your session if necessary.

What is HAES®?

Despite what you often hear and read weight loss is also not sustainable in the long term for most individuals. In fact, after 2 years 90% of people have regained all the weight they lost or more. For some individuals dieting can lead to a cycle of weight loss and regain (weight cycling) which can be negative for a persons health. It can also lead to an unhealthy preoccupation with food and weight, disordered eating habits, increased body dissatisfaction and reduced self esteem.

Health at Every Size® is particularly helpful for individuals who have not found success with traditional restrictive dieting recommendations. It involves taking a weight neutral approach to health and is often called the non-diet approach. It focuses on behaviours and eating for wellbeing rather than focusing on reducing a persons body size. It accepts all people as they are today and helps them to find compassionate ways to take care of their health. 

For health professionals wanting more information about HAES® see this article from Linda Bacon.

If long term sustainable weight loss hasn't worked for you a HAES® approach can help, call Brigid.

Health at Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of The Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

Do you take referrals for children adolescents?

No, I am not a paediatric dietitian but have trained in Family Nutrition and the Ellyn Satter Division of Responsibility on Feeding.  I help parents learn how to approach feeding their family to encourage a relaxed enjoyable family mealtimes. This includes parents that are concerned that their child or children have a limited diet with inadequate variety or if they are concerned if their child eats too much or too little which is often associated with a child who might be smaller or larger. I have trained in Intuitive Eating which can help parents raise children who eat according to their internal hunger cues. I have also trained in the Ellyn Satter Models Division of Responsibility between parents and children which can help give parents strategies to support their children develop a healthy relationship with food and their body.

Please fell free to call me to discuss your situation and whether I can help you, or I can put you in touch with specialist paediatric dietitians in the area if this is required.