What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
Many people ask me what the difference is between a nutritionist and a dietitian. This can be confusing but it is important to know the difference especially if you are seeking nutritional assistance.
Both dietitian’s and nutritionists are concerned with the use of diet and nutrition for maintaining good health. All dietitian’s are nutritionists, but nutritionists without a dietetic qualification cannot legally work as dietitian’s.
The following dot points give a quick overview of the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist, however more information can be obtained through my post: Dietitian or Nutritionist?
- Accredited professionals
- University qualifications
- Allied health team
- Experts in nutrition and dietary matter
- Advise healthy and sick people
- Modify diets/oversee nutritional needs
- Management, diagnosis and treatment of multiple medical conditions and dieases
- Consult with doctors and other health professionals
- Claim through Medicare, Private Health Funds, Department of Veteran’s Affairs
- ‘Nutritionist’ term is not legally regulated
- May/may not have a qualification
- Bachelors degree – qualified to give general nutrition advice
- Work in public health nutrition and community health
- Expertise confined to general wellbeing of healthy people
- Work in commercial settings
- May recommend supplements
Do I need a GP referral to see the Refresh Nutrition dietitian?
To see our dietitian at Refresh Nutrition, you do not need a referral from your doctor, and can just call/email to book at any time. However, if you wish to see our dietitian as part of your Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP), then you are required to have a referral from your usual doctor. To be eligible for rebates for your CDMP through Medicare, then you must have your doctor email a copy of your CDMP to Refresh Nutrition prior to your consultation appointment, or a hard copy must be provided.
Am I eligible for rebates?
Medicare rebates are available if your are on a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP), arranged by your doctor. You will need to discuss your CDMP with your doctor to find out if you are eligible for sessions with our dietitian. Rebates of $52.95 per session, may be accessed for up to 5 sessions with any allied health provider during the calendar year. To be eligible for this rebate, a copy of your CDMP must be brought with you when you see the dietitian, or emailed to Refresh Nutrition prior to your appointment.
It is important to note that Medicare does not cover the full consultation cost, and that out-of-pocket expenses will be incurred.
You may be eligible for rebates through your Private Health Fund. Rebates will vary depending on your provider and level of cover, so it is recommended that you speak to your Private Health Fund to find out more information.
If you are eligible for both Medicare and Private Health Fund rebates, you cannot claim money from both. You must choose either Medicare OR your Private Health Fund when making your claim.
Medicare and Private Health Fund claims are your responsibility. The required documentation from our dietetic services will be provided on the spot for you to make your claim.
What payment methods are available?
Payment is required at the time of your appointment/consultation with our Refresh Nutrition dietitian. We are currently accepting payment via cash, direct bank deposit, by credit or debit cards. Accepted cards include Visa and MasterCard, along with Apple Pay and Android Pay.
Do you bulk bill at Refresh Nutrition?
We put in a lot of work behind the scenes and want to maximise the rime we spend with our patients, so unfortunately we do not offer a bulk billing service at Refresh Nutrition. The full consultation costs will be an out-of-pocket expense, however you may be eligible for rebates through Medicare or your Private Health Fund.
Does Refresh Nutrition offer discounts for Concession Card Holders?
We offer a 10% discount for patients that are Pension Card or Health Care Card holders. In order to receive this discount, you must mention this at the time of booking and provide evidence of your concession card at your appointment.
What is Refresh Nutritions cancellation policy?
Time is very valuable, and a lot of work goes into the pre-preparation of your consultation. Please contact us and provide a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment. Late cancellations will incur a $50 fee, and failing to attend your appointment without notice will incur a fee that is equivalent to the full appointment cost. We understand that in some extreme cases this may not always be possible, and we will allow exceptions in such circumstances.