Dietitian & Sports Nutrition Sydney
Our experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) team provides nutrition programs & information to help clients maximise their all-round health as well as manage many conditions including;
- Weight loss
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Gastro-intestinal problems eg bloating
- Paediatric (children’s) nutrition
- Allergy management
Our dietitian team have a special interest in sports nutrition for people of all ages & ability levels, from elite to recreational. They currently provide the dietitian services for the NSW Waratah’s rugby teams, & can help athletes of any level harness the power of correct sports nutrition to improve their performance. We can help you in areas including;
- Recovery strategies
- Hydration for training & competition
- Dietary planning for race-days & competitions
- Post-injury nutrition strategies to assist recovery
- Body composition testing including skin-fold testing
- Sports supplements – their role, benefits & correct use
- Gaining or losing weight for sports eg making fight-weight
- Special diets including vegetarians & food intolerances
- Meal planning & food strategies for travelling interstate & overseas
Diet Advice For Allergies
If you suffer from food allergies or food intolerances we can help you identify & manage trigger foods that cause your symptoms. We use methods such as the FODMAP and RPAH Elimination Diet to relieve your symptoms & then guide long-term relief strategies.
What is a dietitian?
Dietitians often get asked the question “What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?”
In Australia, the title of Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) is strictly protected. It can only be used by someone who has completed tertiary level study in dietetics in a course accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), & continues professional development activities every year to ensure they meet professional standards & provide evidence-based guidance to clients.
A nutritionist, however, is an unprotected title in Australia. This means that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of the amount of study they have undertaken. There is no specific authority that assesses the qualifications of nutritionists who are not dietitians, so it is often harder to know if someone titled as a nutritionist is qualified to provide evidence-based nutrition services.
Private Health Fund Rebates & Medicare Rebates For Dietitian Services
Private health funds cover dietitian consults that are provided by an Accredited Practicing Dietitian – speak with your insurer to check your coverage. Dietitian consults are also eligible for Medicare rebates when referred by a GP under the Chronic Disease Management plan.
Please note that ALL dietitian services at Central Performance are provided by a fully accredited dietitian & so are eligible for rebates. Your provider must be fully accredited in order to claim a rebate, so providers at other facilities with only a “nutritionist” title are unable to claim rebates.
Can you write me a meal plan?
This is another common question that we get asked. The short answer is yes, however, dietitians know that meal plans are often unrealistic & don’t actually help clients achieve their goals. During a consultation, a dietitian will spend time getting to know you, your social circumstances, medical history, eating behaviours & habits, cooking skills & so on. This helps us understand your needs & goals, & then discuss with you how we can create achievable & sustainable changes to your dietary habits. Forming new habits takes time, so a simple meal plan would not be helpful for you in achieving long term success.