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Rural CDMP Referrals to a Telehealth Dietitian

Partner with specialist telehealth dietitians bulk-billing rural patients under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP).

  • Accessible regardless of distance via telehealth
  • Affordable dietetic services bulk-billed under CDMP – no gap
  • Flexible appointment scheduling outside typical 9-5
  • Specialised to support chronic and complex cases
  • Tailored solutions working with the patient’s life
  • Experienced as a high-volume practice since 1993
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Reducing barriers to great nutrition and health for patients in rural and remote Australia.

Chronic or complex conditions have no barriers. Yet too often, rural Australians face the barriers of distance, time, and affordability when trying to get specialised help. When the old adage of eat less, exercise more isn’t working, tailored, tangible help is required. As a rural GP, Tree of Life Nutrition helps you increase the support you offer your community through comprehensive telehealth dietitian services and nutritional counselling. Consultations are bulk-billed gap free under a Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) (formerly Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan). Helping rural and remote patients from every corner of Australia access the high-level services they need, when they need it.

Experienced telehealth dietitians providing comprehensive care.

Tailored to every patient.

To get the best result, patients need more than cookie-cutter solutions. They need skilled guidance, and a plan that is tailored to their lifestyle, preferences and health goals.

Accessible and affordable

Telehealth appointments on a flexible schedule are bulk billed under CDMP with no gap. Providing remote and rural patients access to high-level nutrition advice without barriers.

Deep and broad experience

Whether the issue is simple or tricky, patients always benefit from experienced practitioners. We see high volumes of complex and chronic conditions, and can share what we know works.

Treating a range of dietary issues

  • Weight Loss/Weight Gain
  • Diabetes/Gestational Diabetes
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance
  • High Cholesterol
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Eating Disorders
  • Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Anaemia
  • General Healthy Eating Advice
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Endometriosis Pain Management
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Fatty liver

Telehealth referral process under CDMP

1. G.P. Referral

Once you assess your patient requires referral for dietitian services under their Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan, please forward your completed referral form to our clinic via:

Fax 07 3392 2120 or;
Electronically via Medical Objects

For patients not eligible under CDMP, we can also work with them privately towards their health goals via telehealth. See our fees for private dietetic services.

Reach out at any time to discuss your referral on 07 3891 6199.

2. Nominate services

We recommend nominating at least 3 dietitian service appointments, for the best result. Some complex cases may require all 5 services. At any stage, you are welcome to reach out to discuss this aspect prior to referral.

3. Book appointment

If you choose to, you may also book your patient’s first appointment for them via our online booking system. We offer early and late appointment options on nominated days over phone, Facetime, or Zoom at patient’s request. All appointments referred under CDMP/EPC are bulk billed with no gap fee payable. Please distribute an electronic copy of the referral to your patient to have on hand for the first appointment. Without us receiving a copy of this referral we are unable to bulk-bill the appointment and fees may apply. You may also like to provide your patient with our forms prior to their appointment.

Add us to your patient’s multidisciplinary team

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Appointment structure under CDMP

We recommend at least 3 appointments, which will usually be scheduled fortnightly.

First appointment: Understanding the patient

Experience shows that patients trying to follow cookie-cutter solutions can experience overwhelm and disappointment. Our first appointment centres around understanding the needs of the patient, their goals, and the priorities we need to focus on. Once we understand this, then we conclude the session by providing resources the patient can work on right away.

Second appointment: Creating a tailored solution

The second appointment is about tailoring an accurate and appropriate solution or meal plan to suit the patient. Working with their lifestyle and preferences, and considering any observations made around previously supplied resources. It’s about creating a tailored solution that the patient is invested in, because it works with them and for them.

Third appointment: Review + habits for life.

We review the patient’s progress, and make changes where required. This appointment also has an educational component. The aim is to arm patients with ways of thinking and practical tools that help them feel confident, and manage real-life situations with ease. This promotes the adoption of dietary changes as a new lifestyle over the long term.

Additional appointments: When are they indicated?

For complex issues, some patients may require additional appointments in order to diagnose and create sustainable and impactful solutions. In this case, 5 visits may be optimal. Within a 5-visit plan, we can also recommend exercise physiologist and psychologist services within our practice if this is of greater benefit to the patient than dietetic services.

Our approach to chronic disease management

Find out about our philosophy around treating chronic disease with dietary solutions, and how we can make a difference to chronic disease.

Chronic disease management

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