REFERRAL FORM

If you are a health professional and wish to refer a client to Dietwise, please fill in the online form below

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When to Refer a Patient to Dietwise

 

Nutrition intervention by an Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) can considerably improve patient outcomes. Look here for a range of conditions/diagnoses that our Dietitians can support your patients with as well as indications for referral and health benefits achieved.

Eating Disorder Management

 

Dietwise has extensive experience in supporting patients with eating disorders and work collaboratively with a large number of ED-Informed clinicians. We have forged strong working relationships with GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Exercise Physiologists, Peer Support Workers, ED Recovery Coaches, Art Therapists and Dentists.

 

If you are new to working with eating disorders, you may find the following information useful:

Which Dietitians at Dietwise see patients with eating disorders?

We have four Accredited Practising Dietitians at Dietwise that have expertise in eating disorders and are currently accepting EDP referrals- Sonya Douglas, Kirasha Maharaj, Eryn Richards and Kahlia Pryce. Our team draws on collective experience from working in the public and private hospital system (acute medical wards and Mental Health Units), The Hollywood Clinic- Inpatient and Day Program and delivering training to other Dietitians in collaboration with WAEDOCS.  Having a large team, we have minimal wait times. Fees vary between Dietitians and can be accessed here.

The Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) for Eating Disorders

New Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) items numbers for eating disorders became effective from the 1st of November 2019 under the Eating Disorder Plan (EDP). These 64 new item numbers can be found here.

 

The new item number for Dietitians for up to 20 visits in a 12-month period are:

 

Item 82350 for services delivered in person

Item 82351 for services performed by video-conferencing

 

 

Who is eligible for the Eating Disorder Plan (EDP)?

Patients are eligible to claim Medicare rebates on dietetic services if they have been referred by their GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician under an EDP for:

 

  • a clinical diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa (AN)

  • a clinical diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) AND meets the three (3) eligibility criteria below:

 

  1. have a score of 3 or more on the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire 6th edition (EDE-Q 6.0). Online and paper versions of the EDE-Q 6.0 which assesses eating disorder pathology can be found here; and

  2. the patient’s condition is characterised by rapid weight loss, or frequent binge eating or inappropriate compensatory behaviour as manifested by 3 or more occurrences per week; and

  3. Satisfy any two (2) of the following: 

  • body weight less than 85% expected weight, where weight loss is directly as a result of the eating disorder;

  • current or high-risk of medical complications due to eating disorder behaviours and symptoms;

  • other serious medical or psychological conditions significantly impacting on medical or psychological health status with impacts on function;

  • hospitalised for an eating disorder in the previous 12 months;

  • has experienced inadequate treatment response to evidence-based eating disorder treatment over the past six months despite active and consistent participation

 

What if the EDP eligibility criteria are not met?

Patients not eligible for the EDP may still be eligible to claim up to 5 visits in a 12-month period under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) for a medical condition that has been (or is likely to be) present for 6 months or longer. Please note that a Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative is valid for psychological services not dietetic services.

 

Unfortunately, a diagnosis of ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) is currently not eligible for Medicare rebates under an EDP. A CDM Plan can be used in this case.

 

How do I access a copy of the EDP to complete?

The EDP template can be accessed here and is compatible with either Word or practice software such as Medical Director or Best Practice.

If you require further guidance around the Eating Disorders Plan, NEDC have some useful information here and includes a treatment flowchart.

 

 

WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service (WAEDOCS)

WAEDOCS is a state-wide service supporting clinicians to identify, assess and safely manage youth (aged ≥16) and adults with eating disorders. The team comprises a consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, consultant Clinical Psychologist, specialist Physician, Dietitian, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist (mental health) and Peer Support Worker.

 

What services does WAEDOCS provide?

The team at WAEDOCS provides consultation liaison on youth (aged ≥16) and adults as well as upskilling or mentoring in eating disorders for Medical Professionals, Clinical Psychologists, Dietitians, Nurses or Exercise Physiologists.

 

What services does WAEDOCS not provide?

The following services are not within the scope of WAEDOCS:

  • Case management or governance for or of your patient

  • Treatment and/or support directly to patients and/or significant others

  • Inpatient services

 

What resources are available from WAEDOCS?

WAEDOCS have developed a Quick Reference Guide for the Management of Youth and Adults with Eating Disorders that can be accessed here. It includes extremely useful information such as:

  • assessing risk in patients

  • guidelines for comprehensive medical monitoring

  • hospital admission criteria on page 7

  • daily supplementation to prevent refeeding syndrome on page 8

 

 

How do I contact WAEDOCS?

Hours:             Mon to Fri 09:00 to 16:00

Telephone:     1300 620 208

Email:              WAEDOCS@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Training Courses in Eating Disorders

 

If you want to learn more about eating disorders, several excellent training options are available below:

 

Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs 

This is a comprehensive foundational 4 hr self-paced CPD accredited online eating disorder training developed specifically for GPs to provide best practice care for patients with eating disorders. It is available free of charge to all National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC) members and NEDC membership is also free. Access an information brochure here and the training here.

 

The Essentials: Training Clinicians in Eating Disorders

This highly interactive eLearning training is 15 hours across 5 modules addressing the nature, identification, assessment and treatment of eating disorders in children and adults. The Federal Government has funded InsideOut to provide this training for free and the discount applied when you checkout. Access the training here.

 

The Management of Eating Disorders in the Community

This 1-hour training provides a comprehensive ‘starter pack’ of skills and resources for community clinicians working with individuals with eating disorders. Access the training here for a cost of $39.00.