The best dietitians in Canberra

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When it comes to what to eat, it seems as though everyone in Canberra is an expert. From personal trainers to wellness coaches, they each have a view on what to consume to nourish and fuel the body.

While the societal shift towards health, wellness, and disease prevention is indeed a good one, it is not without challenges. Each, and every, morsel placed on a plate is often scrutinised, and in most cases without real empirical understanding.

And when you try to uncover more, the deeper you dig the more confused you become! Are carbohydrates good or bad? Should I skip the sugar? How much, and how often should I be eating it?

Indeed, the field of nutrition is full to the brim with myths and gimmicks a plenty. From fad diets and extreme eating, to pills, potions, and powders, Canberran’s have seen it all.

That said, the truth behind what we should be eating should not be this hard to find. If you are looking for an evidence-based approach to underpin your health goals, look no further than Canberra’s dietitians.

Dietitians are healthcare professionals who apply the science of food and nutrition to promote health and prevent, or treat, disease. Effectively, they work with clients to establish a better relationship with food.

Reasons for doing so are as vast as they are varied. Some of us may be looking for new tools to put bad habits to bed. Others may wish to shift some weight gain, or indeed encourage it. For some, preventative health strategies are key. And for others it is all about managing a chronic condition.

What ever the reason you can rest assured knowing that our nation’s capital is home to high calibre selection of reputable dietitians. So, where to find the best ones? Read on below to find out more.

What makes a great dietitian?

Great dietitians have a deep understanding of the relationship that food plays in our welling. Using this knowledge they harness the qualities inherent in all types of foods as levels to adjust facets of our health. The best dietitians improve your nutritional baseline, prevent onset of diseases, and help you manage those that you already have. To find your ideal dietitian consider these factors:

  • Clear credentials. While dietitians can operate under various names, only a true dietitian has the knowledge to be assisting others. So, what qualifications make a true dietitian? Well, dietitians must have a university degree in nutrition and dietetics and be an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Accreditations are awarded by peak industry body Dietitians Association of Australia. Their program is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, and by many private health insurers. Only a dietitian with these credentials understands how to translate scientific studies into practical applications.
  • Experience. When you consider how valuable your health is, it makes sense to place it in the hands of experts. And what makes an expert, well, an expert, is a whole lot of specialised experience. Moreover, experience in complex nutritional issues and patient care is vital. Therefore, consider how long your dietitian has been practising, to whom services are offers, and the areas covered.
  • Health needs match. Not every dietitian is right for every client. And the nature of the field is so board, that many dietitians will specialise in area of interest or two. Some have a passion for sports nutrition, while others are all about digestive health. Consequently, review your dietitians focus areas and ensure they meet your individual needs. To do this, scrutinise services offered, read their published content, and comb through past client reviews. Even consider contacting the dietitian with any questions prior to locking in a consultation to assess their fit.
  • Evidence-based approach. Make sure your dietitian is not pushing a dubious diet or sketchy supplement. Nutritional advice is one area where gimmicks should be left alone. After all, you do not want to be investing in generalised or ill-informed recommendations. Look for a dietitian who supports an evidence-based scientific approach; and furthers this knowledge with continued education. This will ensure a better chance of finding someone who offers tailored guidance, regardless of product affiliations.
  • Practise what they preach. There is nothing worse than investing your time and money in someone who does not heed their own advice. When researching your dietitian ensure they take what they recommend seriously. Review their website, blog, social channels, and any published material for evidence of this. Also keep an eye out for any red flags which point to contradictions in what they stand for. After all, you want someone who walks the walk and has the passion to back up their practice.

The best dietitians in Canberra

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Carolyn Salisbury Consultant Dietitian

As one of Canberra’s most experienced private practising dietitians, Carolyn Salisbury is highly regarded for her specialisation in in food intolerances, food allergies, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Offering a range of services from specialised nutrition advice, to chronic disease management, and aged care nutrition, Carolyn utilises her evidence-based approach to created individualised and practical applications that service your nutritional needs.

As an accredited dietitian and member of the Dietetics Association of Australia, Carolyn is also known as the Fit Dietitian on ABC radio mornings with Adam Shirley. For experience that is hard to beat look to Carolyn Salisbury Consultant Dietitian.

Feed Your Future Dietetics

Founded by well-known accredited practising dietitian Ashleigh Feltham, Feed Your Future Dietetics work with individuals, families, and businesses to achieve optimal health and wellness through diet, food, and fitness choices.

With over a decade’s experience, Ashleigh is regularly featured in Australia’s leading health publications and is the nutritional expert for Men’s Muscle and Health magazine. Her approach is one of balance, drawing in all facets of nutrition, health, and mental wellbeing.

Feed Your Future Dietetics offers a range of comprehensive services from nutritional evaluations and meal planning, through to workplace strategic planning and workshops.

Charlie left this glowing review on Google, Ashleigh's focus is on health and wellbeing, which has helped me look at nutrition in a more holistic light, a healthy balanced one. Ashleigh has a non-judgemental approach which for me is a huge component in seeing any professional.”

The Healthy Eating Clinic

As Canberra’s premier dedicated nutrition facility, The Healthy Eating Clinic is all about everyday nutrition. They believe that ongoing, individualised, and client-centred support is key to effective dietetics.

Founder and managing director Kate Freeman launched the business a decade ago, and how The Healthy Eating Clinic is home to a team of four dietitians servicing two convenient locations across Canberra.

Boasting a demonstration kitchen, a choice of face-to-face or telehealth appointments, body scans and blood tests, The Healthy Eating Clinic is a one stop shop for all your dietetics needs. For tailored advice to suit your personal food preferences and lifestyle, look to Kate and the team.

Nicole Smith shared this excited review on Google, Very informative, starting to see results! Dietitians are amazing! Thanks Healthy Eating Clinic!”

Live Better Nutrition

Live Better Nutrition provides individualised nutrition support and advice for a wide range of conditions. Whether you have been diagnosed with diabetes or coeliac disease, suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or are trying to fall pregnant, Live Better Nutrition can help you.

Principal and owner, Jeanette Ryan, is an accredited practising dietitian with special interests in coeliac disease, nutrition for fertility and pregnancy, and diabetes. The clinic is also a professional member of Coeliac Australia.

Offering a range of services including body scans, delivered in various ways makes Live Better Nutrition a great choice.

Rick Meng shared his experience with the team on Facebook, "My wife got gestational diabetes.... She followed the dietary plan designed by the Live Better Nutrition.... Her blood sugar level was well controlled in the entire pregnancy period."

Capital Dietetics

Capital Dietetics is a private practice founded by owner and principal Alice Cusack. Accredited, qualified, and highly experienced, Alice has helped patients with a range of acute and chronic illnesses with a special interest in chronic disease management, weight management, gut health, and general eating advice.

Capital Dietetics are all about helping clients to develop sustainable and healthy lifestyle changes brought on by a better relationship with food. For realistic and achievable dietetic and nutrition strategies consider Capital Dietetics.

Shea Price shared this review on Google, Great service from Alice today. She made me feel really comfortable and was able to assist me with a plan for going forward with my eating even though I have lot of complex health issues. I am looking forward to working with Alice and getting my nutrition on track.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dietitian?

A dietician is a tertiary qualified healthcare professional who applies the science of food and nutrition to promote optimal health and prevent and treat disease. Dietitians practice in private clinical practice, hospitals, aged care facilities and the medical nutrition industry. They also work across several industries including public health and community nutrition, research and teaching, food industry and nutrition marketing and communications.

What does a dietitian do?

Dietitians help clients understand the relationship between food and health. They provide expert nutrition and diet advice for people of all ages. Moreover, dietitians provide guidance on how to appropriately manage health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and renal disease. In doing so, a dietitian assists with maintain health and reducing the risk of developing chronic disease.

When should I see a dietitian?

There are a wide range of reasons which may initiate a visit to a dietitian. Some typical reasons may include a newly diagnosed chronic disease, food allergies, significant weight changes, changes in medication, or to simply maintain good health and prevent the onset of disease. For further information on whether a dietitian is right for you please consult your doctor.

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

Both dietitians and nutritionists offer services to assist clients with reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. The core difference between the two is that only accredited dietitians are qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy or clinical nutrition assessments. Moreover, all practising dietitians must be accredited in order to do so.

How much does a dietitian cost?

While the hourly cost for seeing a dietitian does vary, many will charge between $100 to upwards of $200 per hour for a consultation. If referred to a dietitian by your doctor, Medicare may cover a portion of the cost. Moreover, if you hold private health insurance, there may be provisions for payment if your plan allows. Consult your general practitioner and private health fund for more information.

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