information for dietitian referrals
A variety of services are offered by Dietitians for the community:
- 1:1 Dietetic Consultations at clinic locations
- Type 2 Diabetes Group Education Programs (medicare rebates and bulk billed options)
- Home visits for clients with limited mobility
- Services to aged care facilities
- Presentations to patients, community groups and other health practitioners
For further information on the kinds of patients or clients a Dietitian can help with, please see our health conditions section & recommended nutrition websites
What to look for in a Dietitian?
We suggest looking for someone who strives to keep other health and community professionals up to date on their patient or client’s progress. In short, someone who is on "your team".
We might be biased ;), but we also suggest looking for a Dietitian who is trained in Non-Diet and HAES ® Approaches. Dietitians trained in these approaches, will be well versed in taking a holistic look at a patient's health journey and not jump to calorie counting and unachievable weight loss methods.
Check a Dietitian you refer to:
- Offers individualised, holistic & evidence based dietary advice
- Has flexible appointment times
- A reasonably short waiting list (you don't want your patients/clients to be waiting for weeks on end)
- Provides written feedback to you - the referrer
- Where possible, offers discounted consultations for pensioners and health care card holders
Not all Dietitians require a referral. We do appreciate them as it enables us to provide the best possible advice for our clients.
Many Dietitians welcome taking part in Medicare Team Care Arrangements for clients with chronic medical conditions and they also take DVA referrals and participate in the NDIS.
Don’t forget DVA Gold Card Members are eligible for free Dietetic Services
How to refer
To contact a Dietitian in your local area and make a referral, head to our Find a Dietitian section. Most accept referrals by phone, fax and email.