What are Bariatric Services?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD’s) are the gold standard in Australia (neither ‘Dietitian’ or ‘Nutritionist’ are protected or regulated). Our role is to understand how your body works and how food and drinks help nourish both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions that are affected by or treated with nutrition. (1) Our Dietitian Monica aim’s to provide personalised evidence-based nutrition advice for the individuals of Ballarat and surrounding regions to reduce their risk of chronic disease development or progression.
Obesity is a major challenge both locally and nationally. With nearly 5 million Australian adults estimated to be obese (27.9%), the Australian Medical Association has described the situation as a “crisis”. (3). Sadly, the National Heart Foundation data found almost a third of Ballarat residents were obese and the city has the highest rate of physical inactivity in the country (4). For individuals with severe (body mass index over 35kg/m2) or morbid (body mass index over 40kg/m2) obesity, bariatric surgery can be a tool to help individuals improve their lifestyle choices, and reduce their risk of chronic disease.
A strategic and coordinated, whole society approach is needed to ensure the prevention of obesity, and the treatment of Australians who are already obese. Monica Wellington works as part of a team (surgeons, General Practitioner and mental health clinician) to support an individual’s weight loss journey. Bariatric surgery is increasing in its popularity, as it provides more predictable and durable (3) weight loss than traditional methods. There is now a variety of procedures available to help individuals manage their portion control and appetite drive. Often a specific diet is prescribed before surgery (to reduce risks associated with surgery), then there is a six-week diet progression after surgery. Long-term follow up to ensure habit change and improved nutritional knowledge is essential to sustain the excellent weight loss results.
Dietitians can assist to support all people who wish to achieve optimum health status, providing education and strategies to address health concerns. Monica can also provide support for other conditions such as bowel concerns, diabetes, heart disease, weight management, as well as general lifestyle and healthy eating advice.
What can be treated with Bariatrics?
Using a collaborative approach and research-based evidence, Monica can work with you to reach your nutrition goals in a healthy and sustainable way, including:
- general healthy eating
- nutrition for mental health
- food intolerances and allergies
- managing gut issues such as IBS and IBD managing coeliac disease
- nutritional deficiencies
- eating for diabetes management
- eating for cardiovasular health
- eating for weight loss
- eating after weight loss surgery
- eating for weight gain
Do I need a referral?
A Medicare rebate is available if referred via a GP under the Chronic Disease Management program.
A Private Health Insurance rebate is available – please confirm via your health fund prior to an appointment. A GP or Specialist referral letter is welcome but not a necessity.
Our Bariatrics Specialists
APD, MDiet, BHSc
Whatever brings you here, our team have the experience and expertise to work with you.
We work together to reach the best possible outcome for you. We know our strengths and our limits, so we’ll always ensure you are in the safest hands.
Unfortunately we are unable to help if you need
- Bulk billed appointments
- Mental health crisis appointments
- Psychiatry care
- Cognitive assessments
- Drug and alcohol addiction care