Our Dietitians assess and assist patients to manage their nutritional needs before, during and after treatment. They provide appropriate nutrition advice to help manage treatment side effects that impact on patient's ability to eat, improving quality of life and optimising the ability to cope with treatment by maintaining nutritional requirements, energy levels and strength.
Who should see a Dietitian?
People undergoing treatment for cancer often face large disruptions to their daily routine and their enjoyment of food. Finding ways to manage diet and food is an important part of managing the side effects of treatment. Side effects such as fatigue can be significantly improved with input from a dietitian.
There are some types of cancer that Dietetics input is particularly recommended for including:
Head & Neck cancers
Haematological (blood) cancers
You can come and see our Dietitian with or without a referral. It is a good idea to visit your GP to discuss coming to a Dietitian and to find out if you are eligible for a Chronic Diseases Management Plan. This is a Medicare initiative and will allow you to receive a rebate at your appointments.
Making an appointment
To make an appointment please call Lift on (08) 7231 8000. In most cases we will be able to provide you an appointment within 1-2 weeks.
Initial Visit: $140 (60 minutes)
Subsequent Visit: $70 (30 minutes)
A rebate of $53.80 from Medicare will apply if you have a Chronic Disease Management Plan (this is something you can talk to your GP about)
Alternatively, you may be able to claim through your private health insurer (under your extras cover).
Please ask the Lift staff for more details if you are unsure of what your out of pocket cost will be.