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Leah Vandervliet

Leah is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. She graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2001 and has specialised as a paediatric dietitian. She has extensive experience in paediatric dietetics, working with children of all ages in the public and private setting. She is also involved in training the next generation of dietitians through student supervision, lecturing and mentoring new graduate dietitians.

Leah’s experience is quite diverse, ranging from teaching families about general healthy and balanced eating, to dietary management for children that are overweight, underweight or fussy eaters. Leah is also skilled in the management of children with medical disorders where food is part of their treatment, such as diabetes, allergies, coeliac disease, iron-deficiency and inborn errors of metabolism.

Leah believes children and adolescents are not just little adults and the experience of a trained Paediatric Dietitian is essential to ensure they achieve optimal nutrition.

Do I need a dietitian?
Leah can provide individualised dietary assessment and advice for children of all ages – from infants to adolescents. Family consultations are also available. Services include the following:

  • General nutrition advice
  • Fussy eating
  • Complex feeding difficulties
  • Weight Management
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Eating Disorders
  • Growth faltering
  • Gastrointestinal issues e.g. constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Vegetarian Diets

What will happen in the appointment?
During your appointment your child will be weighed and measured to assess their growth. If you have any previous growth measurements please bring these with you. Leah will discuss your child’s food intake in depth and your concerns around their nutrition. Leah will also gather information about any relevant medical history, exercise and the family’s general eating habits. You will work with Leah to improve your child’s nutrition. This may include setting goals, nutrition education and tailoring a meal plan to suit your child. Written information will be provided. A comprehensive dietary analysis of your child’s exact intake can be provided for an additional fee.

What should I bring?
You will need to bring your child to the appointment so that their growth can be assessed. If you have a referral from your doctor you should bring this. Also bring your Medicare Card, Blue Book and Private Health Insurance details.

How can I pay?
Payment is required at the time of the appointment. Payment can be by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card. Medicare rebates are only available if you have a Chronic Disease Management Plan and referral from your GP. You may receive a rebate from your Private Health Insurance provider depending on your level of cover.

What if I need to cancel?
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel the appointment. If you cancel the appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time or fail to attend you will be charged 50% of the consultation fee.