Dietetics / Nutrition

DIETITIAN SERVICES

MPPFG offers personalised dietetic services to complement our holistic approach to health management. Our experienced dietitians work across many areas, outlined below. If you would like to know more about these services, or have any questions please contact us.

Only fully qualified dietitians have the Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) credentials and are members of The Dietitians Association of Australia. These credentials mean a minimum of 4 years of University Training as well as hospital placement so you can trust APDs to provide medical nutrition therapy and advice that is based on proven scientific principles.

HEALTH AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) take a holistic approach to help you achieve healthy weight goals and optimal health. Our dietitians are experienced at supporting sustainable lifestyle change and providing you with the tools required to live a healthier life. Intervention with a dietitian will be focussed on nutritional health however due to the complexity of health, sleeping habits, psychological health, physical health, and lifestyle changes may also need the be addressed.

Our dietitians provide evidence-based services and can support you to improve your relationship with food and help break the fad diet cycle.

An appointment with a dietitian can help in any of the following areas:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
  • Healthy weight
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Non-hungry eating
  • Emotional or binge eating
  • Food allergy and intolerances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Increased energy levels
  • General health and fitness

What to expect

First Appointment:

Your initial appointment will focus on your life, health, and goals. We will work with you to build a customised plan to help you achieve your goals and improve your health. We will support you to do this without limiting your time with friends, family, or work. You will be provided with the relevant resources and tools necessary to implement these strategies. Many people benefit from long term assistance from a dietitian over a number of appointments.

The initial consultation will go for 45 minutes.

Review Appointment

Review consultations are an opportunity for us to evaluate your progress and make any adjustments that are required. You may find that some changes are working really well, whereas other areas may need further strategy adjustments. The review consult is a great time for you to ask further questions and be assisted in maintaining long term change. During the review consult, we will implement new strategies and provide additional resources where needed.

The number and frequency of review appointments needed is determined by individual treatment goals, we can discuss this with you during your appointment

  • You may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare, if you have an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). These are arranged by your GP before your appointment.
  • You may be eligible for a rebate from your private health insurer, please consult your provider
  • Consultations take place face to face at our clinic, or alternatively on the phone or via Telehealth. Home visits can be made by special arrangement, additional charges are incurred.

Specialised Treatment

In addition to the broad areas of practice listed, our experienced dietitians specialise in the following areas:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Our dietitians provide specialist treatment in the management of Irritable bowel syndrome and associated symptoms.With experience and further training in the use of the low FODMAP diet for management of IBS by Monash University, as well as the tools required to support you in effectively managing your symptoms, whether you have just been diagnosed or have been living with IBS for a long time, our dietitians can provide you with personalised information and support.

For more information on IBS and treatment, click here (more information coming soon)

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders are moderate to severe illnesses that are characterised by disturbances in thinking and behaviour around food, eating and body weight or shape, and are diagnosed

according to specific psychological, behavioural and physiological characteristics. The DSMV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 2013) contains the most up-to-date criteria for diagnosing mental disorders.

Who is more vulnerable to develop an ED?

Even though Eating disorders DO NOT discriminate. They can occur in any person, at any time, crossing boundaries of gender, age, culture, and body size. There are some biological determinates that make people more vulnerable to developing an eating disorder, such as

  • Coeliac disease
  • Type one Diabetes
  • Having a close relative with an eating disorder
  • History of dieting
  • Being a high-performance Athlete

Our dietitians have experience in supporting and assisting with the management of all types of eating disorders. They are dedicated to supporting you through your recovery and helping you live a healthy and unrestricted life.

For more information on eating disorders and treatment, click here (more information coming soon)

Sports Nutrition

The MPPFG Dietitians are qualified and experienced in providing nutritional support and guidance for athletes. Ensuring that you are fuelling your body appropriately before, during and after exercise is vital for supporting athletic performance and recovery.

In addition to sports nutrition, our dietitians have experience with the management of eating disorders in athletes. Eating disorders may occur in people who are regarded by society as being extremely fit and healthy. Both males and females engaged in competitive physical activities, including sports, fitness and dance, have increased rates of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and eating disorders. Physical activity and sporting environments play an important role in influencing how people perceive their own bodies.

If you are looking to improve your performance, recovery, or are concerned about your intake while playing sport, please get in touch with one of our dietitians for support.

For more information on sports nutrition and low energy availability in sport, click here (more information coming soon)

Maternal and Child Health

Growth monitoring and the promotion of optimal nutrition are critical aspects of health care for all children. Growth monitoring assists in confirming a child’s healthy growth and development and can assist in the early identification of potential nutrition or health problems.

The Dietitians at MPPFG are well aware of all that is involved around good nutrition and human consumption behaviour. The variety of environments including home, workplace, school or sports clubs, also bring accessibility and visibility of food and are positively associated with food intakes.

We know that you as a parent, are doing your absolute best to keep your child healthy, and we are here to provide guidance for those who feel that they need a hand dealing with nutrition challenges with their little ones. The dietitians at MPPFG are dedicated to using weight inclusive language and breaking down weight stigma and bias from a young age.

For more information on maternal and child health and nutrition, click here (more information coming soon)