Dietitian & Nutrition


Nutrition & Dietetics in Glen Waverley

Be supported and reassured by our experienced nutritionists and dietitians. We offer both one on one consultations or one on one cooking consultation providing you with a better understanding about the nutrition adequacy in your diet.

Create a better relationship with food and learn how to be non-judgemental about your food choice. Learn about how to use food as medicine and ingredient combinations to enhance flavour and nutrition value of your diet.

Why Choose Healthy Energy

Our dietitians use a holistic and integrative approach when working with clients. We look at their diet as well as environmental, physical and emotional factors that affect one’s health.

Each of our dietitians are specialised in different areas of nutrition and dietetics. We are open to and trained to review your diet and lifestyle as well as the effectiveness of any nutritional supplements you are taking.

Our dietitians are open minded and practice a little bit differently from other traditional dietitians. As we use an evidence-based and holistic approach, we very often recommend our clients to other therapies in conjunction with dietary intervention to accelerate healing and recovery.


Who would benefit from this service?

  • Irritable bowel syndrome: fructose, lactose, sorbitol malabsorption, food intolerance
  • Coeliac, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
  • Children’s nutrition: infant / child feeding problems (E.g. sensory food aversion, fussy eating /  food refusal, failure to thrive, developmental delay, food allergies / intolerance’s and gastrointestinal conditions)
  • Eating disorder: anorexia nervosa, bulimia
  • Pre and postnatal nutrition: fertility, gestational diabetes and hyperemesis – morning sickness


Taking nutritional supplement?

One of our dietitian Melinda has prior training in nutritional medicine and she offers nutritional supplement review consultation. Click here to learn more.

What qualifications do we have?

  • Sarah Leung – BNutDiet Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist
  • Melinda Braithwaite – Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics, Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional medicine). Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist


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 first consultation will usually go for 60 minutes. In the first consultation, we take a detailed assessment regarding your medical history, dietary habits, nutrition deficiency signs and symptoms as well as lifestyle habits. Your dietitian will then guide you through meal ideas, substitution, use of supplements, other dietary suggestions and you walk away with practical tips and strategies.

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

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

Is there a specific diet your clinic promotes? Paleo? Vegan?

Healthy Energy dietitians believe in individuality and personalisation. We don’t ‘prefer’ or promote a specific type of diet. We have studied and are familiar with the pros and cons of different diets. However we respect that our clients have their own preference when it comes to food, whether it is paleo, vegan or gluten free diet. Our role is to work with our clients so that their diet is nutritionally adequate.

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.

How much does it cost?

Initial consultation $130

Review consultation $80

Nutritional supplement consultation $97

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

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

What about private health rebate? 

All of 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.