Areas Of Treatment

DIETITIAN SERVICES

Are you wanting to feel better physically and mentally? We’re here to help.

Vitality Unleashed Psychology provides dietetic services to you from our Accredited Practicing Dietitian and can help with the management of the following physical and mental health issues:

  • cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke
  • type I and II diabetes mellitus
  • gestational diabetes mellitus
  • gastrointestinal diseases including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and diverticular disease 
  • liver disease
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • cancers
  • bariatric surgery support
  • female health issues  including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis
  • food allergies and intolerances
  • disordered eating/eating disorders
  • weight concerns
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • insomnia, and more

A Dietitian can also help people who don’t have mental or physical health issues as such, but want to improve their health and/or performance. This may include:

  • sports nutrition for athletes of all levels
  • fitness enthusiasts who want to optimise performance through nutrition

Want to learn more about seeing a dietitian and what they can help with? Click the links below:

  • About Dietetics 
  • What a dietitian can help with
  • How it works seeing a dietitian 
  • Eating Disorders Dietitian
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Gut issues
  • Diabetes Dietitian
  • Mental Health dietitian
  • Sports Performance Nutrition

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dietitian?

A dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition. They are a health professional who applies the science of food and nutrition to promote health alongside prevent and treat acute and chronic disease, working to manage or improve the health of individuals, groups, and the community. To become an Accredited Practicing Dietitian in Australia, the person must complete a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University and complete the requirements of the Accredited Practicing Dietitian program outlined by Dietitians Australia.

How is a Dietitian different from a Nutritionist?

Both dietitians and nutritionists provide services to clients that are based on nutrition. A dietitian is a type of nutritionist, however, a nutritionist cannot be a dietitian without completing a university degree in dietetics (eg a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics).

The title ‘nutritionist’ is a title that anyone may call themselves, including those who have completed a basic course in nutrition. However, ‘nutritionists’ who do not have a dietetics degree, are not regulated by a national professional industry body, and the title nutritionist is thus not a protected or regulated position. This means that anyone could call themselves a nutritionist without meeting any particular accreditation requirement, for example, a fitness trainer who completes a basic course in nutrition.

Dietitians on the other hand cannot call themselves a dietitian or an Accredited Practicing Dietitian unless they have completed the relevant requirements by a regulated body and maintain these requirements to continue their registration as a dietitian. In Australia, these requirements are set out by Dietitians Australia, where dietitians must complete supervised work on the job as well as other requirements after they complete their university studies in order to become and remain accredited. 

Nutritionists do have their place and value, such as if a client is looking for basic nutrition advice. However, for more thorough and up-to-date and clinically tailored advice a Dietitian is the preferred option. 

What will a Dietitian help me with?

Dietitians often assist in achieving better physical health, mental health and wellbeing through tailored and individualised dietetic interventions. Whether you’re looking to better understand good nutrition and food, looking for a specific meal plan, wanting dietary advice to help reduce symptoms of a medical or psychological condition or wanting to get the cutting edge in your sports performance, our dietitian services have you covered.

How will a Dietitian help me?

At initial consultation with our dietitian, they will ask you about what has been going well for you, what you’ve been struggling with and what you’re wanting help with. They will help you to set clear goals to work towards with regards to your physical health and wellbeing. They will also take important background information about you relevant to your presenting concerns and goals. Additionally, your dietitian may also take some measurements such as your height, current weight and other body measurements. They will then provide you some suggestions on some goals to consider working on whilst coming up with a clear plan moving forward on how you will work together to achieve these goals.

After your initial consultation, at follow-up consultations, your dietitian will review your progress, answer any of your questions as well as continue to provide you with more information and suggestions to make sure that you’re continuing to work on your set goals.

How many times you will need to see the dietitian will vary from person to person, however the dietitian will likely be able to give you an approximation at your initial appointment.