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A truly savvy approach to nutrition

Whether you have no clue where to start and feel totally overwhelmed by conflicting nutrition information, or are confident but would like to check with a professional, Savita & Aleisha can help with your nutrition needs. 

Our nutrition ethos 

Nutrition has an immense impact on how we feel in our bodies and minds. We believe a good diet is simple - taking out the drama and going 'back-to-basics' focussing on a  range of quality foods cooked in ways that are achievable and sustainable when you're pressed for time, and that you look forward to eating!

We support a scientific evidence-based and integrative-holistic approach. By understanding the factors contributing to your health, the biochemical processes underlying these and drilling down into nutrition & gut-related factors, we can tailor our strategies to address what's holding you back. We work with you to help determine what changes will be of most value given your story, circumstances and preferences helping you feel confident being in the driving seat for your own nutrition.

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What can we help you with?

As Accredited Practicing Dietitians, we have a broad range of training covering many acute and chronic health conditions as well as nutrition for various stages of life.

 

Our interests include: 

Digestive health and gastroenterology: gut symptoms (including bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, poor appetite, reflux,  fecal loading), IBS & IBD, coeliac disease, food allergies &  intolerances, food chemical sensitivities, elimination diets (including low histamine), gut support after antibiotics, managing medication side effects.

 

Women's and AFAB health: menopause and peri-menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, hypothalamic amenorrhoea, irregular or painful periods, PMS & PMDD, pre-conception nutrition. 

 

Neurodiversity affirming healthcare: Autism, ADHD, OCD, ARFID, burnout & more. 

 

Mental health: chronic stress and burnout, anxiety, depression, relationship with food, food fears related to gut reactions, disordered eating, ARFID & more.

Hypermobility & Co: HSD/hEDS, MCAS, POTS, ME/CFS, chronic pain, Vascular Compression Syndromes (e.g. MALS/SMAS).

Autoimmunity: connective tissue disorders (inc Lupus, Sjogrens), Multiple Sclerosis, Coeliac disease and more.

Chronic disease: high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, liver disease, pre-diabetes & diabetes.

General healthy eating, meal planning and preparation, advocating for NDIS.

Savita's special interests: Hypermobility & Co, AuDHD, NDIS advocacy. 

Aleisha's special interests: gut symptom and IBD management, microbiome optimisation, improving relationship with food. Currently up-skilling in Hypermobility & Co.

We cannot currently assist with:

  • Home enteral nutrition (e.g. tube feeding). If this is a factor you will need another dietitian helping in this area.

  • Counselling focussed on eating disorder recovery - we do not have our ANZAED Eating Disorder Credentials. If you have a dietitian and/or psychologist supporting you in this area we are happy to assist.

The process

  • What's the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
    The International Confederation of Dietetic Associations defines a dietitian as "a professional that applies the science of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent and treat disease to optimise the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations." University-qualified dietitians and nutritionists are both considered experts in evidence-based healthy eating. Nutritionists focus on nutrition in a broader context, such as public health, policy, research and community health, rather than a in one-on-one settings. It's important to note that the term 'Nutritionist' isn't regulated, so anyone can promote themselves as this regardless of qualifications. Dietitians are also Nutritionists, and can provide all of this and more. We undergo specialised training and are qualified to work with individuals one-on-one to provide additional therapy for complex medical conditions. We maintain professional standards and are required to keep up to date with ongoing learning which is monitored by our regulatory body, Dietitians Australia. So if you're seeking specific nutrition advice, it's likely a dietitian will suit your needs best.
  • Do I need a GP referral?
    You do not need a GP referral! You can book in directly with me via the enquiry link below. To take advantage of Medicare rebates for dietetic consults, eligible individuals can be referred by a GP for the management an ongoing condition, under a Chronic Disease Management 'CDM' plan which covers up to 5 sessions, or an Eating Disorder Plan 'EDP' which covers up to 20 sessions per year. Under my current fee structure, this will leave an out-of-pocket payment for all dietetic appointments.
  • Can I organise my blood tests through you?
    Unfortunatley I cannot order pathology tests for you (including blood, stool and functional testing). I reccomend working with a GP you trust, which is handy as they can also oversee your care. Through GPs, many routine pathology tests can be bulk billed, with no out-of-pocket cost to you. Always ask for a copy of your results, and remember to bring these along. They're an important piece of the puzzle and can provide valuable insight to inform our nutrition strategies.
  • What rebates are available?
    There are a few! Head to our 'Bookings' page to learn more. Tip: if your GP is writing a Care Plan referral to a dietitian at our clinic, make sure they put the clinic name 'SAVVY DIETETICS' rather than the name of the specific dietitian. If Savita is named on this and she cannot see you (closed to new clients), you will need to contact the clinic again to have this changed to our clinic name or the name of a dietitian at our practice who has availability.
  • Do you bulk bill?
    I am committed to providing a high quality service, and have undergone additional training to ensure you get the best possible support. Given this, it is not viable to provide this quality with the rebates currently available by Medicare or Australian Private Health Funds, so there will be an out-of-pocket cost for most consults. See FAQ 'What rebates are available?'.
  • I'd like to hear about your results from other clients! Do you have any testimonials?
    Everybody is different, and the results someone else's experiences will not be the same as yours. As part of Dietitians Australia's Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice (as well as our overseeing regulatory body, APHRA), Dietitians are not allowed to promote testimonials. If you need reassurance about whether I'd be a valuable health professional to you, you're more than welcome to ask about my experience treating people with similar conditions to you, or any additional queries inclduing about financial commitments and potential lifestyle changes.
  • Do you provide meal plans?
    I avoid handing out generic meal plans as we all have different health goals, nutritional needs, taste preferences and budgets (I could list a million reasons!). I totally understand that meal plans can provide structure and make change a lot less daunting though. If a meal plan will help you feel more confident in reaching your dietary goals, we can book in a 60 minute review session to design one together and work through adjacent strategies, such as writing shopping lists and how to plan in advance.
  • I'm not 100% sure that I'm ready to change my diet, but I know improving this would help my health and I want to learn more. Can you help?"
    Definitely! I understand that the prospect of making dietary changes can seem totally daunting and out of reach for a number of reasons. I work with you and your goals - if you're just seeking some individualised advice from a professional and help with finding solutions to overcome obstacles, I'll support you with this. Knowledgeable patients are empowered patients.

Appointment pricing

Initial consult (60 mins)

+45 mins admin time

Review consult (30 mins)

+30 mins admin time

Long review consult (60 mins)

+20 mins admin time

$200

$110

$165

Consult prices effective from Nov 1st 2023. Applies to all Dietitians at our practice.

The current (as of July 2023, confirm this with your GP or Medicare) Medicare Chronic Disease Management plan rebate is $58.00 per consult (or more if you have reached the Safety Net), using the following item numbers: 

10954 Dietetic Consultation - Face to Face

93000 Dietetic Consultation - Telehealth

82350 Dietetic Consult, Eating Disorder Plan - Face to Face 

93074 Dietetic Consult, Eating Disorder Plan - Telehealth 

Rebates for Australian Private Health Funds are also available. Please check with your individual provider as to your level of cover. 

Appt pricing
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