Seeing a dietitian is an important step in many peoples’ journey to better eating habits and improved illness management.
What does a dietitian do?
Dietitians are trained in a wide variety of areas related to the human body, nutrition and how diet plays a role in our health. A dietitian can help you with chronic disease management, weight loss, healthier eating and eating the right foods while dealing with particular challenges, such as arthritis or cancer.
Chronic Disease Management
Dietitians can plan an important role in helping you to address issues arising from chronic illnesses. Roughly half of the Australian population aged over 20 suffers from a chronic illness or disease, and many can benefit from the services of a dietitian.
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
If you are living with a chronic disease or illness, please consider speaking with us as soon as possible. Understanding your condition and beginning a program to treat it is the first step to living a healthier, happier life.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
A dietitian is more qualified than a nutritionist. Within Australia, a dietitian is considered to be a nutritionist, however a nutritionist cannot claim to be a dietitian without a dietetics qualification. Dietitians are considered to be experts in the field of nutrition and diet.
Do Dietitians just design diets?
Creating a unique and carefully designed diet for patients is certainly a part of the role of dietitians, but there’s much more to it than that. They will work with you to help you make positive changes over the long term, creating permanent, lasting change.
What does it cost to see a dietitian?
Prices vary across different clinics. For most qualified and experienced dietitians, you can expect to pay upwards of $100 for a consultation and advice. Consultations usually last around 30 minutes or one hour and will cover much of your history, discussion of any relevant health concerns and a brief explanation of the next steps that will be taken. From there, you may be required to attend some follow-up appointments although these are usually cheaper and shorter in length.
Carina Medical Dietitian – Julie Masci
B.HlthSc (Nutr & Diet) (Hons) APD
Julie Masci is a QUT honours graduate and an accredited practicing dietitian with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. With Italian blood pumping through her veins, food has always been a major focus within Julie’s life. The progression to embark on a career in nutrition and dietetics seemed only natural.
Julie practices with the belief that every person should have the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures food brings to life while feeling great and looking fantastic. Her main areas of practice include providing diet and lifestyle changes to assist in weight loss (for children, teenagers and adults) and associated chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.
A special interest in the area of gastrointestinal disorders (such as IBS), food allergies and intolerance has stemmed from Julie’s personal experiences in this field. She endeavours to help clients to identify and manage individual food sensitivities using proven techniques. Julie has a strong belief that a patient’s relief from long-standing food-related symptoms improves an individual’s understanding and appreciation of their mind and body.
Julie has had several appearances on Brisbane televisions screens on both Brisbane Extra and Today Tonight where she explains nutrition concepts and aims to debunk diet myths. Julie also has extensive experience engaging audiences at lectures and seminars speaking on a range of topics such as obesity, diabetes and celiac disease.
In addition, Julie has also contributed regular columns and feature articles for the Queensland Coeliac Society newsletter and the Retiree Magazine.
Julie’s attention to detail when it comes to nutrition has provided her with the opportunity to work with an array of local food manufacturers and health care providers. Through individual product analysis, Julie has provided her stamp of nutritional endorsement to many food companies, while her work with aged-care facilities has ensured the nutritional adequacy and appropriateness of the meals provided.
With an appreciation for culture and individuality, Julie brings a fresh approach to the field of nutrition and dietetics. She strives to motivate and guide her client’s until they reach their target of success.
Julie’s goal is to improve each patient’s outlook and approach to life through the food they eat and she will stop at nothing to ensure they get there.
Book a Dietitian Appointment
It’s important to start your journey towards a happier, healthier life sooner rather than later. Whether you need help with general eating habits and diet or guidance and advice for managing a chronic illness, Julie is here to help.