A: An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) has undertaken a university degree in dietetics, and has registered with the Dietitian's Association of Australia (DAA). APDs have to undertake regular professional development to ensure that they are up to date with the latest research, and have to comply with DAA's best practice guidelines and professional standards. APDs work closely with doctors and other health professionals, and are eligible to in work hospitals as well as in a range of settings including food industry, government and private practice. APDs are eligible to register with Medicare, so that their clients may receive rebates
Q: Can I receive rebates from seeing a dietitian?
A:If you have private health insurance with extras cover, you may be able to receive a rebate. Our locations have HICAPs allowing you to claim on the spot and only pay a gap. Rebates from your private health insurance company are at the rate set by the insurance company
If you have a care plan from your GP you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for up to 5 dietitian visits per year. Medicare rebates around $53 of the cost of your dietitian consultation
If you are a DVA gold card holder, you are eligible for dietetic treatment at no cost with a referral from your GP. If you have a current TAC or Workcover claim you will need to pay the account in full and then claim your rebate from TAC or Workcover yourself
Q: Do I need a GP referral to see a dietitian?
A: No, anyone can see a dietitian, however in order to receive a Medicare rebate a care plan must be in place through your GP.