An initial consultation is where we complete a full dietetic assessment to form recommendations about what therapies we can provide to you. A main dietitian and back-up dietitian will attend the initial consultation, these will be allocated depending on your location and the dietitian's area of expertise. The main dietitian will gather information about your health and diet. They will ask you a lot of questions to support you with your health and well-being including your; living situation, hobbies, struggles with food, medical history, height, weight, food-related symptoms, bowel habits, usual diet, likes, dislikes and exercise levels. You may like to have a support person with you to help you answer these questions. The back-up dietitian will be completing a risk assessment to ensure that the housing is safe for us to provide therapy to you in. The back-up dietitian is likely to remain involved in your therapy, especially when your main dietitian is away or unwell. The “main” and “back-up” dietitians can be swapped, meeting the two dietitians means that you have choice and control over which one provides the majority of your therapy.
For the smoothest experience and to help us provide the best possible assessment, we ask that prior to the Initial Consultation appointment, a Consent to Release Information Form is completed. This form is not mandatory but allows us to look into such information as doctor’s reports and other health information which will improve the quality of our report and our assessment. Providing copies of any current reports from doctors and/or allied health professionals will also be very useful in gaining a holistic understanding of your health and wellbeing. If we can work together as a team with your other supports it will be easier to reach your goals.
An Initial Consult is an opportunity for you to:
Discuss a range of dietetic therapy options within The Innovative Dietitian. We can support you in your exploration of what services could be helpful to you. Dietitians not only help you improve your diet but can also assist in meal and menu planning, cooking skills, recipe reading, food shopping skills and more.
Meet your dietitian and back-up dietitian. Starting your journey with them and providing a time to meet the person who can see you if your main dietitian is away or unwell.
Explore your likes, dislikes and goals to create a holistic and client focused service for you.
The assessment is the process by which we gather all the information we have explored together with you and make a nutrition diagnosis. This can include research into your disability and medical conditions, calculations, diet analysis and more. Based on that assessment, we then write a personalised report.
The report in this package is a full dietetic NDIS report. The purpose of this report is to advocate for funding required for you to be able to meet your goals in your next NDIS plan. In this report we will outline a brief nutritional assessment and diagnosis followed by explanations of how our team can work with you and your carers to help you achieve your NDIS goals.
A therapy plan for ongoing services will be created by you and your dietitian to help you achieve your goals. This plan may need to be adjusted depending on funding available. The plan will clearly outline the frequency and type of services that will be provided. A quote for these ongoing services will be converted into a service agreement once the therapy plan has been approved. The therapies in this plan will commence once your ongoing service agreement has been signed.
Key points for this package:
It is most useful when you have a plan review meeting or change or circumstances coming up in the next few months.
The report will be delivered to you within 1 month of your initial consultation or otherwise specified date in time for your plan review meeting.
You can use the report in your NDIS plan review to provide justification for funding in your next NDIS plan.
After the Initial Consultation, Assessment and Report, a Plan and Ongoing Service Agreement can be created to show how we will proceed in practical terms to provide services and meet goals. A quote for services will also be provided for Ongoing Services