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Clinical Nutrition at FNQ Health Co.

“Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence!”

At FNQ Health Co. we want to ensure you are not only having the right nutrition but you are eating delicious food that you are happy with and that fits your lifestyle. We evaluate what and how food intake impacts not only your body, but your overall health and wellbeing.

Nutrients are the building blocks of our body allowing us to grow, repair, protect against pathogens, eliminate waist, create energy, and much, much more. Living a healthy lifestyle provides the best conditions for the body to both prevent and heal from disease states.

Nutrition plays an important role in effectively every medical condition. It follows that correcting nutritional imbalances is fundamental to the prevention and treatment of many common conditions.

Nutritional medicine is a holistic approach to assessing and improving your individual health status. Quality time is spent with you to identify internal and external factors that may be impacting on your health. It is important to know that this is not just about food and what you eat!

At FNQ Health Co. work with you to come up with an individualised treatment plan that best suits you and your body!

What can Nutrition help with?

• Special Diets

• Thyroid Disorders

• Endometriosis

• PCOS & Infertility

• Diabetes

• High Cholesterol

• Gastrointestinal Problems

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

• Coeliac Disease

• Food Allergies & Intolerances

• Anti-Inflammatory Diets

• Pregnancy

• Childhood Nutrition

• Anaemia

• Eating Disorders

Get in touch below if you think we can help you and your body out!

FNQ Health Co Nutrition

Nutrition FAQ’s

What is Nutritional Medicine?
What does a Nutritionist do?
Are Nutritionists qualified health professionals?
What can you expect from an Initial Nutrition Consult at FNQ Health Co.?
Will I get a diet plan?
What do I need to bring?
Do I need to have a blood test before my appointment?
Do I need to have a hair tissue mineral analysis test before my appointment?
What is the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietician?
What is the difference between a Nutritionist and a Naturopath?
I want to lose weight, can you help?
Do you supply dietary supplements?
How long does an appointment take?
How many visits will I need?
Can I use private health for my Nutrition consult?
Does Medicare cover Nutrition consults?
Do I need a referral?
Is there a cancellation policy?
What is Nutritional Medicine?

Nutritional medicine is an evidence based and holistic approach to assessing and improving your individual health status. Quality time is spent with you to identify internal and external factors that may be impacting on your health. It is important to know that this is not just about food and what you eat! Things that we may look at include:

• Nutrition – diet as a whole, nutrient intake, deficiencies, food sensitivities, allergies, intolerances, processed foods, food additives, stimulates
• Environmental factors – heavy metal exposure, synthetic chemicals, recreational drugs, alcohol, medications
• Internal environment – infections (parasites, fungal, bacterial, viral), inflammation, pre-existing conditions, family history
• Psycho-social stressors – sleep, life stressors, mental illness, coping strategies, occupation

On gathering this information, we then devise a detailed management tailored individually to you and your body.

What does a Nutritionist do?

Nutritionists apply evidence based research with your dietary needs, in a personalised and holistic manner. Our work aims to help clients achieve their health goals with nutritious food, dietary planning and healthy lifestyle modifications. We can provide prescriptions for premium quality practitioner only nutritional supplements (if required). We will work alongside your GP and any other health professionals you may be seeing, together to help you reach your health and wellbeing goals.

Are Nutritionists qualified health professionals?

Yes, the Nutritionists at FNQ Health Co. are allied health professionals who have completed university studies in health science. They study subjects such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, medical science, pathology and pharmacology in addition to extensive supervised clinical placements. Our Nutritionists must be accredited with a professional association membership and insurance as well as maintaining ongoing training to meet a minimum annual allocation of continuing education.

What can you expect from an Initial Nutrition Consult at FNQ Health Co.?

Welcome pack
This will include some information about what to expect during a consult, some pre-consult questions surrounding diet and medical history, and suggestions of test results you may want to bring along. Providing the pre-consult questions at least 24 hrs before your initial consult frees up time during your initial consult allowing you to get the most out of it.

Comprehensive case taking
Understanding your body’s needs is like putting together an enormous jigsaw puzzle. So, the more pieces of the puzzle we can accumulate the better picture we can get of your body’s individual needs. During an initial consult we will go over your body systems, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and other internal and external factors that could potentially have an impact on your health.

Management Plan
Education plays a key role in the application of advice given to you. At FNQ Health Co. we will do our best to answer any questions you may have regarding your health. We will work with you to come up with a management plan that best suits you to reach your health goals.

Will I get a diet plan?

At your initial appointment, you won’t receive a detailed diet plan. However, you will receive dietary recommendations, some recipes and a general idea of what you should and shouldn’t eat. We can organise an appointment to create a detailed diet plan if we need to, but as there is so much involved in your initial consultation, this is not something we do initially.

What do I need to bring?

We welcome you to bring along any health reports, blood test results, letters from any other health professionals. If you are taking any medications or supplements, we ask you to bring a list of this as well. If you have any more questions on what you should bring, feel free to get in touch with our lovely admin team who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Do I need to have a blood test before my appointment?

No, you don’t need to have blood tests prior to your initial nutrition consult. Blood test results can be helpful if you have already had them, but they aren’t vital. We welcome you to bring your results along if you have them, but if not not to worry. If your clinical nutritionist feels that some blood tests are needed after your initial consultation, we will liaise with your GP to organise this for you if needed.

Do I need to have a hair tissue mineral analysis test before my appointment?

No you don’t need to have a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) test prior to your initial nutrition consult. However, if you have already had one done, we welcome you to bring your results along for analysis but they are not crucial.

What is the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietician?

Both Nutritionists and Dieticians are experts in how diet and dietary supplements can affect health. Dieticians specialise in “dietetics”, where Nutrition is perhaps more individualised and holistic. That means we look at an overview of how all the systems in your body are working (not just diet) and piece together the parts of the puzzle to come up with an individualised management plan tailored for you.

What is the difference between a Nutritionist and a Naturopath?

A nutritionist will generally work more with nutritional medicine in the form of minerals and vitamins (through diet) but all holistically looks at how all the bodily systems are functioning. Naturopathy works more with herbal medicine, which we don’t use a lot of. Nutrition is more about diet and lifestyle modification, education and awareness to improve your overall health and wellbeing, now and in the future.

I want to lose weight, can you help?

Yes, in some instances this is. But, please be prepared to accept that there may be so much more to consider than just “weight”. We like to look at everything to find the root cause of what is causing the weight issue. We don’t do quick fixes, but want a life-long change to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing for the long term.

Do you supply dietary supplements?

Yes, in some instances we will supply premium quality nutritional supplements to you if they are required. As they are practitioner only supplies and we don’t have a dispensary on site, we provide you with a script online and the supplements can be delivered to your doorstep.

How long does an appointment take?

For an initial consultation with us, we allow up to 90 minutes, which includes a thorough assessment of your health, your history, food intake, goal setting plus more. We then devise a management plan for you to get you started on your health journey. We allow up to an hour for follow up appointments.

How many visits will I need?

This will depend entirely on the plan you have devised collaboratively with your nutritionist. At the end of your initial consultation you will receive a management plan, where you will discuss how many visits you may need. We will provide the best possible recommendation to help you reach optimal health and wellbeing and then discuss this with you.

Can I use private health for my Nutrition consult?

Selected health funds may offer rebates for your Nutrition appointment. Recent changes to the private health insurance have seen many natural therapies removed, however Nutrition is still fortunately recognised with selected health funds. Please call our friendly reception team for more information regarding the use of private health for our nutrition consults.

Does Medicare cover Nutrition consults?

No, unfortunately Medicare do not cover Nutrition consults.

Do I need a referral?

No, you don’t! We will work alongside your GP (and any other health professionals you may be seeing), but you don’t need a referral to have an appointment with us. We will make sure we work together with your health care team to help you reach your health and wellbeing goals.

Is there a cancellation policy?

We understand that life doesn’t always go according to plan and occasionally you may not be able to attend your appointment. However, we are a busy clinic and failure to notify use of non-attendance means another client misses out too. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 24 hours prior as per our late notice fee policy.

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