Daniela – Accredited Practicising Dietitian (APD)
An accredited practicing dietitian, with a passion to help individuals achieve their health and well-being goals.
Daniela completed her Master of Dietetics in Melbourne and is currently spending time at the Royal Children’s Hospital researching food allergies and eating disorders.
At her private practice, Daniela enjoys spending quality time guiding her clients through their eating journey and providing evidence-based advice in order to ensure that her clients can make the best life long food choices independently.
Daniela aims to be a leader in nutrition education and promotion, ensuring ongoing support and a tailored based attitude, ‘one-diet does not fit all’. Daniela strives not only to reach clients goals but always aims to be an ethical resource and motivator.
If you have a problem with your health that relates to your diet, a dietitian can help. It’s important to know how to find a registered dietitian and what to expect when you make an appointment.
What is a dietitian?
Dietitians help people to understand the relationship between food and health. They also help people change their diet so that they can become healthier, and stay healthy.
Dietitians must have a university degree in nutrition and dietetics, and must be accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Dietitians who meet strict criteria are eligible to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program. APD is the only credential for dietitians recognised by Medicare and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and many private health insurers.
What does a dietitian do?
Dietitians provide expert nutrition and diet advice for people of all ages. They can help if you have a food allergy, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer or gastrointestinal diseases, or if you are overweight or underweight. They can help with other health problems too.
In Australia, dietitians are different to nutritionists. Both are qualified to work in areas like public health, research and teaching, or in the food industry. Dietitians are also qualified to work in private medical practices, medical centres, or hospitals.
What to expect from a dietitian
A dietitian will ask questions about your health, what you want to achieve, and what you eat and drink.
They will give you feedback and advice on your diet and health condition. They will also help you set food-related goals.
Cost of a dietitian
The costs for seeing a dietitian vary.
Our Dietitian Daniela, charges $150.00 for the initial appointment that will go for 45 minutes. Thereafter every subsequent visit will be $80. If you have private health insurance, some of the costs might be covered. Check with your health insurance company first. The item numbers to quote is Item 500 for the initial visit and Item 600 for the review visit.
Medicare covers some of the cost of seeing a dietitian only if your doctor refers you.
Some public hospitals offer free outpatient clinics with dietitians, but there is usually a long wait.
Where to find dietitians
Have a chat to you doctor who can refer you. We have our in-house dietitian Daniela who consults out of our rooms on a monthly basis and would be happy to organise a Saturday appointment if the weekdays are proving to be too busy for you.
Daniela is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Book an appointment by phoning reception on (03) 95217040.
Dietitians Association of Australia (What do dietitians do?), Nutrition Australia (Nutritionist or Dietitian – which is for me?), Department of Health (Chronic Disease Management – Individual Allied Health Services under Medicare – Patient Information), Dietitians Association of Australia(Why choose an Accredited Practising Dietitian?), Australian Healthy Food Guide (Should you see a dietitian?)