At Self Reflections, we recognise the profound impact of nutrition on both physical and mental well-being.
Our Dietetics service is dedicated to supporting children, adolescents, and adults of all ages who are navigating challenges with physical health, food, weight, body issues, and eating disorders.
Our Accredited Practising Dietitians provide expert, compassionate care, offering evidence-based, practical advice tailored to your unique nutritional needs or medical conditions. We believe in fostering a healthier, more balanced relationship with food, contributing to your overall health and happiness. Our approach extends beyond dietary adjustments, aiming to enhance your life quality through improved nutrition.
As you navigate through this page, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of our dietetics services, meet our exceptional team of Accredited Practising Dietitians, and find answers to frequently asked questions. We also offer detailed information about our fees, rebates, and policies. This section is designed to guide you in understanding how our dietetics services can support you or your loved ones on a journey towards better health and well-being.
WHAT IS DIETETICS
Dietetics is a science that delves into the complex relationship between food, nutrition, and health.
At Self Reflections, our dietetics service is more than just meal planning or weight management; it's a holistic approach to understanding how the foods you eat impact your physical and mental well-being.
Our Accredited Practising Dietitians work with you to create personalised nutrition strategies that cater to your unique needs, preferences, and lifestyle, ensuring a balanced and sustainable approach to eating and health.
WHO IS IT FOR
Our focus is to empower you with knowledge and practical skills to make informed food choices. We understand that each individual's relationship with food is unique, and our dietitians are skilled in addressing a wide range of nutritional needs. Whether it's managing medical conditions through intake, improving overall health and well-being, or navigating the complexities of eating disorders, our goal is to support you in achieving a healthier, more balanced life.
Our dietetics service is for anyone seeking to improve their health through nutrition. This includes individuals struggling with eating disorders, those with specific dietary needs due to medical conditions, and anyone looking to enhance their overall well-being through better eating habits. Our dietitians are here to guide you, whether you're dealing with weight concerns, digestive issues, or just want to feel more energetic and healthy.
While our dietetics services are comprehensive, they may not be suitable for individuals looking for quick-fix diets or those not ready to embrace a holistic approach to nutrition. Our services are not a one-size-fits-all solution; they require a commitment to understanding and applying the principles of mindful eating in everyday life. If you're not prepared to actively participate in your nutritional journey, our dietetics service might not align with your current needs.
Help you assess your current nutritional and medical status
Listen to and assess your nutritional needs
Develop a personalised plan that adheres to nutritional guidelines
Educate you on how food can
affect your health
Provide you with information on healthy eating; reading food labels; choosing the best foods when shopping and eating out; and healthy ways to prepare food
Help you set and achieve your goals
Sort out nutrition fact from fiction
Arthritis - Gout
Diabetes Type 1 & 2
Food Allergies & Intolerances
Fussy Eating & Feeding Difficulties
Gastro Problems - Constipation
Healthy Eating & Wellbeing
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol & BloodLipids
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol & BloodLipids
Insulin Resistance - PCOS, Pre-Diabetic
Mindful Intuitive Eating
Nutrient Deficiencies - Low Iron
Renal Disease - Kidney Stones
...and so much more!
At Self Reflections we pride ourselves on adhering to the highest professional and ethical standards.
Our clinicians are fully registered with the Dietitians Associations Australian and are qualified to provide services covered by Medicare.
We strictly follow the codes of conduct outlined by Dietitians Australia.
This commitment to excellence ensures that we remain at the forefront of dietetic services, offering our clients the best possible care within the Illawarra and surrounding communities.
Self Reflections is committed to providing highly professional services to all those in our community. All of our clinicians are registered with Medicare Australia and Private Health Funds, enabling rebates to be accessed. We keep our standard fees well below that of industry recommendations.
Rebates and fees are subject to an annual increase in July each year.
We continue to provide fees that are substantially lower that those recommended.
As of 1st July 2023, our standard fees for Dietetic Services (including Telehealth video/phone) are:
Initial Consultation - $200
1hr Review Consultation - $140
30min Review Consultation - $110
All appointments booked on or after 4pm weekdays or anytime Saturday will incur an additional $10 after-hours surcharge.
Fees for correspondence or conferences are charged per hour plus GST.
Payment for sessions is required to be made at the time of your appointment. This is a standard practice that reflects the value of the services provided and supports the smooth operation of our clinic.
If payment is not received for any reason, all future appointments are placed on hold until the outstanding payment is settled.
We do not offer payment plans for attended sessions. If you are unable to afford an appointment, we kindly ask that you make the decision well in advance to cancel the session, allowing another client the opportunity to book.
Due to the high demand of services, 24 hour’s notice is required if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Please note, the notice period excludes Sundays, public holidays and clinic closure days/periods. Less than 24 hours notice limits our ability to provide services to others in need and will incur a charge of 50% of the appointment fee.
If more than two cancellations occur with less than 24 hours notice, then future cancellations within the notice period will incur a charge of 100% of the appointment fee. If three consecutive cancellations have been made, your Clinician reserves the right to cancel future appointments and refuse further services.If a third party is paying for your consultations, then the cancellation fee will be payable by yourself personally unless otherwise stated on your Service Agreement.
NON ATTENDANCE POLICY
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, do not call us to cancel / reschedule outside the cancellation notice period above, or you contact us to cancel your appointment once your session has commenced, 100% of the appointment fee is charged.
If you do not attend two consecutive appointments, your Clinician reserves the right to cancel future appointments and refuse further services. If a third party is paying for your consultations, then the non attendance fee will be payable by yourself personally unless otherwise stated on your Service Agreement.
Medicare rebates are available for dietetic services of chronic health conditions.
You will be able to claim a portion of your fees from Medicare if your doctor assesses you to be eligible for dietetic services under Medicare, and if you have a referral and a care plan from your doctor. The number of rebates available to you depends on the plan your GP has deemed most appropriate to your condition. This will be explained to you by your GP as well as on your first appointment.
Accredited Practising Dietitian $58.30
Open and print the below letters to take to your GP to help you obtain the correct referral for your needs.
How do I book an appointment?At Self Reflections we take enquiries via phone, fax or email by the client, their family/carers (with consent) or their referring GP. We encourage all new client enquiries to contact us to ensure we can allocate you to the appropriate clinician, discuss our policies / procedures and fees as well as finalise all required documentation prior to your initial appointment.
What will happen before and at my initial appointment?Once you have been allocated an initial appointment you will be sent our online Client Forms that allow us to collect your details, explains your rights as a client as well as provides our policies/procedures to obtain your consent for treatment. In addition you will obtain a pre-treatment questionnaire to help us monitor your progress over your engagement with our service. At your initial appointment, you can expect to be greeted by our Administrative Officers who will be able to answer any further questions and explain any part of the process you may need clarification of. Your clinician will invite you into their consulting room in which they will begin the session. Your first session is an assessment. You can expect to discuss your current mental/physical health state, your current circumstances in life as well as your background, family dynamics and personal history that would be relevant. This is a very important step in your treatment as it enables your clinician to understand what may be impacting you and allows them to establish a plan for treatment that is suitable for your needs. This is also your chance to see if you connect well with your clinician.
Can I opt for Telehealth sessions when I need to?Absolutely! At Self Reflections, we offer secure, encrypted and confidential Telehealth services via phone or video as an alternative to face-to-face appointments. You can arrange this at the time of booking or on the day of your appointment. Telehealth sessions are also available for a Medicare rebate. Please check Private Health Insurers as this may differ.
What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan, an Eating Disorder Management Plan and a Chronic Disease Management Plan? What do they all cover?Each is a specific referral plan prepared by your General Practitioner (GP) if you have a mental health disorder or mental health issue, an eating disorder or a chronic disease requiring specialist treatment and support. Your GP will provide the referral/plan that best suits your needs. The referral/plan is used to identity health care needs and states what you, as well as your doctor, are hoping to achieve through treatment. Each referral/plan allows you to rebate a portion of your session cost from Medicare. A Mental Health Treatment Plan covers treatment for a mental health disorder or mental health issue. In total, you are eligible for up to 10 sessions in each calendar year. Initially, your GP will refer you for 6 sessions then ask to see you for a review of your progress before providing you the further 4. An Eating Disorder Management Plan covers treatment for a specific eating disorder. In total, you are eligible for up to 40 sessions for the duration of the plan with your Psychologist and up to 20 sessions with your Dietitian (within a 12 month period). Initially, your GP will refer you for 10 Psychology sessions then an additional 10 at each review. You will also require a Psychiatrist review between session 20 and 21. A Chronic Disease Management Plan covers treatment for chronic diseases and illnesses as well as other issues not previously described above. In total, you are eligible for up to 6 sessions in each calendar year with a variety of allied health professions (eg. Podiatrist, Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian etc) Your clinicians will let you know when you are due for your review and will update your GP about your progress.
Who is eligible for rebates through Medicare?If you have a mental health disorder, a mental health issue, a specific eating disorder or a chronic health condition that has been diagnosed by a GP, you are eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, an Eating Disorder Management Plan or a Chronic Disease Management Plan. It is important to note that approval of a referral/plan is always at the discretion of the GP. We encourage you to further discuss this with your GP to see if you’re eligible and if not, what other options they suggest.
Can I use my Private Health Insurance?If you are unable to obtain a plan, or choose not to for any reason, but have Private Health Insurance, you may be eligible for your session to be rebated by your Insurer. Rebates vary depending on your fund and level of cover therefore for further information, you must contact your insurer directly. All of the Self Reflections clinicians are registered with the appropriate Boards and are therefore, approved by Private Health Funds for services provided.
What if I do not have a Referral/Plan and do not have Private Health Insurance?If you are unable to obtain a Referral/Plan, choose not to for any reason, or do not have Private Health Insurance, you can still access treatment. Without a referral or private health, a fee will be payable by you at the end of each session without any rebates. This amount varies per clinician and we encourage you to discuss this further with the clinic.
Can I continue sessions for as little or as long as I feel is necessary?Regardless of which option you choose to access treatment with (referral/plan, private health or no referral), you are able to continue sessions for as little or as long as you and your clinician deem necessary. Your clinician will discuss the length of your treatment with you and their justification for their suggestion. We encourage you to bring this up if ever you need further clarification. We encourage clients to continue attending treatment even if they start to feel better, this can solidify the progress even further. You and your clinician can then confirm when the most appropriate time to finalise your treatment journey would be given your needs.
What is a Psychologist?A Psychologist is a mental health professional educated at University level for a minimum of 5 years, that specialises in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders and mental health issues. A Psychologist focuses on the mind and behaviour to understand how the two influence a persons’ response to events within their daily lives. Therapy with a Psychologist is tailored to the individual client and typically follows structured processes.
What is the difference between a Psychologist & Counsellor?The main difference between a Psychologist and Counsellor is their education. In order to be registered and practice as a psychologist, a person must complete the required tertiary degree with a minimum of 7 years before having General Registration. As counselling is not a regulated industry, the education of a counsellor varies. Some have diploma level education whilst others have masters. Further information is available in our Blog.
What is a Dietitian?Dietitians help people to understand the relationship between food and health and their overall physical health. They help people change their food intake so that they can become healthier and stay healthy, overcome food, weight or body issues as well as provide practical advice for general healthy eating, specific nutrition concerns or medical conditions.
What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?In Australia, dietitians are different to nutritionists. Both are qualified to work in areas such as public health, research and teaching, or in the food industry. Dietitians are also qualified to work in private medical practices, medical centres or hospitals. Dietitians must have a University degree in nutrition and dietetics. Only qualified dietitians are eligible to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program, run by Dietetics Australia.
What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan, an Eating Disorder Management Plan and a Chronic Disease Management Plan?Each is a specific referral plan prepared by your General Practitioner (GP) if you have a mental health disorder or mental health issue, an eating disorder or a chronic disease requiring specialist treatment and support. Your GP will provide the referral/plan that best suits your needs. The referral/plan is used to identity health care needs and states what you, as well as your doctor, are hoping to achieve through treatment. Each referral/plan allows you to rebate a portion of your session cost from Medicare.