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 – Kate Feely
Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Accredited Sports Dietitian
ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist
Kate has had an interest in nutrition starting back in her school days. She was running at National level and saw a Sports Dietitian who provided guidance on nutrition around training and competition. This highlighted to Kate the strong links between nutrition and sports performance, as well as general health and wellbeing.
Kate has worked in clinics specialising in teenage and young adult mental health, including eating disorders. She enjoys the challenge of working with these clients and improving their relationship with food. Kate finds the link between gut health, nutrition and mental health fascinating, and enjoys working on these areas with clients to get results.
Kate is a passionate and approachable Dietitian who loves the opportunity to work with clients to improve their nutrition – whether it be for sports performance, body composition changes, gut health, mental health or general healthy eating.
In her personal time you will find Kate training for her next half marathon or triathlon, out for brunch or enjoying some sunshine at the beach.
Special Interest Areas
- Sports Nutrition – with a background in middle distance and endurance running Kate knows personally how important nutrition is for training and competition performance. She has worked with athletes ranging from beginners to elite level in endurance running, track & field, triathlon/Ironman, swimming, AFL, Rugby and Gymnastics.
- Gut health – Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Coeliac Disease.
- Disordered Eating/Eating Disorders
- Weight Management
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, Kate is here to help.