Children’s Nutrition

At Healthy Energy we provide individual paediatric/children nutrition consultations.

The benefits of seeing a dietitian who specialises in paediatric/children nutrition

  • Increased confidence that you are providing your child with the best start in life
  • Reduced meal time tantrums
  • Reduced stress
  • Reassurance and support

What choose Healthy Energy?

We offer a holistic approach to nutrition. As well as looking at your child’s diet we also explore other aspects which may be contributing to their health concern including emotional and environmental factors. We provide a warm, caring and non-judgemental environment to help you and your child to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Who would benefit from this service?

Our paediatric dietitian can help you and your child with nutritional concerns including:

  • Introduction of solids
  • Fussy eating
  • Food intolerances/allergies
  • Coeliac disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Nutritional deficiencies (e.g. iron deficiency anaemia)
  • Poor growth
  • Overweight/obesity

What qualifications do we have?

Melinda our dietitian who has a special interest in paediatric nutrition has completed further post graduate training in paediatric nutrition at Monash University completing the Paediatric in Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals Course.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

In Australia, anyone who has completed any nutrition course (a short course, a diploma or a university degree) may called themselves a nutritionist. A qualified dietitian has completed a minimum of a university degree studied nutrition science and medical nutrition therapy.

How long does the first consultation go for and what will be covered?

Your child’s first consultation will usually go for 60 minutes. In the first consultation, we take a detailed assessment regarding your child’s medical history, dietary habits, nutrition deficiency signs and symptoms as well as lifestyle habits. Melinda our dietitian will then work in consultation with you and your child to develop a dietary plan which may involve meal/snack ideas, supplementation and lifestyle strategies.

Do I need to bring a food diary to the first appointment?

While you are not required to bring a food diary to the first appointment, it does come in handy for our dietitian to assess your child’s eating habits. We are not food police, the food diary is only used as a reference as part of the assessment.

Does my child need to present at the appointment?

This will depend on your child’s age and reason for appointment. On some occasions it can be useful to meet with you first. If you are unsure it can be worth speaking with our dietitian when booking your first appointment.

How often do I need to come back for a review?

The time frame between first and second appointment ranges from 1-4 weeks depending on the reason for consultation. Your dietitian will discuss this with you and come up with a plan that’s most tailored to our condition.

Pricing of services

Initial consultation $130

Review consultation $80

Is my child’s consultation free if I have a care plan from my GP?

Having a care plan (or otherwise EPC plan) means that your child is eligible for up to 5 allied health professional consultations with a rebate of $52.95 per session. If your child has an EPC plan from their doctor, the first appointment is $130 (out of pocket is $77.05) and review consultation will be $80 (out of pocket is $27.05). Please bring along your  Medicare card so we can process the rebate for you on the spot.

What about private health rebate? 

Our dietitians are registered with major health funds in Australia however the level of coverage depending on your policy premium. We have the HICAPS machine on site and you may bring your private health insurance membership card on the day for on the spot rebate. If you would like to find out your coverage prior your appointment, our code is 500 for initial appointment and 600 for follow up appointment.