what to look for in a dietitian
We might be biased ;), but we suggest looking for a Dietitian who is trained in motivational interviewing and counselling along with Non-Diet and HAES ® Approaches. Dietitians trained in these approaches, will be well versed in really listening to your patient's health journey and not jump to calorie counting, unachievable weight loss methods or "blanket advice".
A great Dietitian will also take part in regular professional development and education along with clinical supervision and mentoring.
Additionally, 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".
Check a Dietitian you refer to:
- Offers individualised, holistic & evidence based dietary advice
- Has flexible appointment times and a reasonably short waiting list (you don't want your patients/clients to be waiting for weeks on end)
- Provides written or telephone feedback to you - the referrer
- Where possible, offers concessional rates for pensioners and health care card holders