dietetics

Dietetics

Healthy Eating

Helping you reach your health related goals

When you eat well, you live well. Dietitians are qualified health practitioners who specialise in diet and nutrition (dietetics). Their services can assist you in overcoming health barriers that may make it hard for you to reach your optimal health alone. A dietitian can help you:

  • meal plan & eat better,
  • lose weight or gain weight,
  • overcome an eating disorder,
  • eat for athletic performance,
  • plan antenatal & postpartum diets,
  • manage food allergies & intolerances,
  • assist with the management of a disability,
  • manage digestive conditions (Irritable Bowel, Inflammatory Bowel Disease),

Book an initial consult with our Dietitian to discuss your needs. Health fund rebates and bulk-billing are available. Terms and conditions apply*.

NDIS
Are you looking for a dietitian that can assist you or your client under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

We can help! As an approved NDIA provider, our dietitian can offer assistance to agency, plan and self-managed NDIS participants under the following support categories:

  • Therapeutic Supports: Improved Health and Well Being
  • Therapeutic Supports: Improved Daily Living Skills

Email dietitian@australiandoctors.com.au for more information or to arrange an NDIS contract.

DVA
DVA Registered Provider

Our Dietitian is a registered provider with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). DVA Gold card holders are entitled to bulk-billed dietitian consultations.
If you are an eligible DVA Gold Card holder, please see your GP prior to your consult to receive a DVA referral form. Home visits can also be arranged if required.

Referrals/Billing
No Referral Needed

Although we see many clients through referrals from their doctor, a referral is not essential . You can book a consult without one. However, some rebates may be different without a referral.
Generally, most of our clients are entitled to either a Medicare, NDIS, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) or Private Health Fund rebate. Conditions that apply are:

  • GP care plan required for Medicare bulk billing
  • NDIS contract with Dietitian required for NDIS funding
  • GP DVA referral required for DVA Gold card bulk billing
  • Private Health Fund rebates will vary depending on your health insurance plan

Cancellations: A full consult fee is payable if you do not show up for your appointment or cancel within 24 hours.

Chris Eldridge

Chris is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from the Queensland University of Technology, Chris has obtained experience across a variety of sectors including aged care facilities, NDIS, Australian Defence Force, professional sporting clubs, private practice and hospitals.
Chris applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome their health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence. His special interests include:

  • Complex chronic conditions,
  • Disabilities,
  • Eating disorders,
  • Bariatric surgery,
  • Weight management,
  • Cardiovascular disease,
  • Digestive health (IBS, IBD),
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),
  • Endometriosis,
  • Nutrient deficiencies,
  • Sports performance,
  • Rehabilitation,
Weight Loss
Many people want to know how to lose weight.

It’s a common goal for many difference reasons, including losing pregnancy weight postpartum, managing health conditions, reducing health risks or fostering greater self-confidence and energy. But finding the right information can be difficult.
For accurate and evidence based advice that is best suited to your circumstances, speaking to a qualified health provider is recommended. An accredited practising dietitian (APD) can help you make the right changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you lose weight and eat healthier foods. They are also there to support you through your journey, so you can maintain a healthy weight with sustainable changes and not fad diets that do more harm than good.
Our dietitian can help you with:

  • Healthy eating plans for dieting and weight loss
  • Menu plans for food allergies and intolerance
  • Menu plans for nutrition and healthy aging
  • Family friendly meal planning & prep at home
  • Changing your shopping habits
  • Eating-out healthily

*Dieting and dietary restriction can be precursor symptoms of an eating disorder when regularly carried out. This is referred to as disordered eating. Athletes or “fitness junkies” are particularly at risk of disordered eating if they believe their body type will enhance their sporting performance. Disordered eating can increase your risk of developing an eating disorder. Some sports are also associated with an increased risk of disordered eating and eating disorders. Seeking guidance on your weight loss journey can help you aim for healthy goals and avoid disordered eating.

Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are serious medical and psychological conditions that take different forms across different demographics.

A person with an eating disorder will view themselves negatively in terms of weight, shape and food consumption. These views develop into the harmful eating practices and behaviours we identify with eating disorders. However, the root of an eating disorder are the mental health conditions and harmful coping strategies that manifested the behaviours.
Eating disorders are often kept private and hidden, so they can be hard to identify in the early stages. Many eating disorders will build over time, perhaps appearing as a fad diet at first, before the behaviours become more extreme. They can be particularly difficult to identify in children and adolescents.
There are several types of eating disorders which are generally categorised by their behaviours.

Eating disorder symptoms or behaviours include:
  • Starvation (Anorexia)
  • Vomiting (Bulimia)
  • Binge eating
  • Compulsive exercise and
  • Abuse of diuretics/laxatives/fitness supplements

These behaviours are often accompanied by psychological symptoms such as negative self talk, the compulsion to “punish” oneself, obsession and shame. However, a person with an eating disorder will likely refuse to acknowledge these symptoms and deny the existence of a disorder, so they can be hard to identify in the early stages.
Fortunately, it is possible to recover from an eating disorder when treatment and support is accessed. With the help of a General Practitioner, a Dietitian and a Psychologist the mental health, physiological health and nutrition of a patient can be accessed, supported and improved. The earlier help is gained, the better. As health complications can arise from the physical impact of eating disorder.
If you believe you or someone you know has an eating disorder, discussing it with a qualified health practitioner can help shed light on the situation. If you or your loved one is uncomfortable speaking to a doctor, then a Dietitian may be able to help you begin the recovery process. The key is to seek advice and information as soon as you can so you can make informed decisions.
Learn more about eating disorders at Eating Disorders Queensland

Frequently Asked Questions

Locations

dietitian-brisbane

Brisbane Clinic

A: 1000 Waterworks Road
The Gap QLD 4061

Service Information
  • Available Mondays
  • Telehealth consults available

Phone 3300 0888 or book online for a consult.

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dietitan-kallangur

Kallangur Clinic

A: 1380 Anzac Ave
Kallangur QLD 4503

Service Information
  • Available Every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Telehealth consults available

Phone 3204 4222 or book online for a consult.

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dietetics-bundaberg

Bundaberg Clinic

A: 16 Maryborough St
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Service Information
  • Available Every Wednesday
  • Telehealth consults only
  • No referral needed for private patients

Phone 4153 2927 or book online for a consult.

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