Our initial consultations involve an hour with one of our dietitians, examining diet and medical history, test results, medications and supplements, previous diet changes, suspected food triggers or complaints and meal pattern. All of this is then considered against the latest research findings to determine which dietary approach is likely to result in the best outcome for the patient. A formal education session will then take place to educate the patient on the dietary approach, explain the theory behind it, and give detailed information on how to implement the strategies.
Follow up appointments are generally conducted within 1-4 weeks of the initial appointment. These are usually 20-30 minutes in duration and involve the dietitian checking on your progress, ability to follow the diet, challenges and benefits from the approach. The advice is then modified depending on the outcome to achieve optimal results.
Most people require an initial consultation followed by a review appointment anywhere from 1-4 weeks later. Further review appointments are required for patients undertaking food chemical or FODMAP food challenges, to accurately assess the outcome of challenges and determine future dietary requirements. Additional review appointments are also often required when monitoring patients for weight concerns and diabetes to ensure benefits continue and a change to dietary management can be conducted depending on progress. Some conditions, such as Coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease may require bi-annual reviews to keep on top of nutritional intake, symptom changes and adaptation to a new diet.
Meal plans (i.e. the “7-day” over-prescriptive type) are not typically provided as part of the consultation (unless clinically indicated) *. What you will receive however, is individualised food and meal suggestions and guidance around dietary modifications that work for your condition and your lifestyle. *Please note that individual clinically-indicated meal plans require an additional fee in addition to the initial consultation.
Your dietitian will assess what dietary intervention/s are required for your condition. For some, this may mean simple dietary modification, for others a specific diet may need to be followed. Either way, your dietitian will ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is required by providing you with thorough dietary education along with hard or e-copies of information and resources to assist you.