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LOUISE HETA (APD) 

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Nutritionist

Accredited Sports Dietitian

Fitness Instructor,  Yoga Teacher

Areas of special interest:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Disordered Eating
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Plant-based Nutrition

Louise is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian; currently working part time as she has three sons and trains competitively in amateur boxing and powerlifting.

Louise has a client centred, holistic approach providing individual counselling; with over 15 years’ experience in private practice. Louise has worked in a diverse range of areas such as eating disorder clinics, corporate health, fitness industry and elite and professional sporting teams.

Louise does much of her private practice work with chronic dieters with whom she frequently uses the non-diet approach with a focus on behaviour change to improve health outcomes. Louise is passionate in supporting people to reconnect with their body’s signals around hunger and satiety, practice mindful eating and trusting their intuition around food. Ultimately, assisting clients with healing their relationship with food and their body’s; and moving away from the toxic effect of diet culture.

Louise understands the complexity of the relationship between food and certain emotions. She provides a non-blaming, non-judgmental and compassionate space to sort through these interactions and employs the Health at Every Size Paradigm in her work.

As a competitive athlete herself, Louise has personal experience in optimising sporting performance through nutrition, as well as over 15 years as a Sports Dietitian. She can assist in all areas of sports nutrition such as training and competition, sports supplements; as well as applying mindful eating strategies in an athlete setting. She has a keen interest in weight category sports and managing these demands in a healthy, safe and effective way.

Louise has a special interest in vegetarian, veganism and whole food plant-based nutrition and associated improved measurable health outcomes. She is focused on ensuring clients following these diets meet their nutritional needs and specific health outcomes without compromising on enjoyment and taste! She is passionate about more sustainable, environmentally conscious food choices and kindness towards the earth.

Louise’s experience is from a range of work settings including;

  • The Bronte Foundation (Eating Disorder Clinic)
  • Australian Swimming Team
  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Maribyrnong Sports Academy

Louise values being part of a multidisciplinary team and understands the importance of other experts working together being advantageous to positive outcomes for her clients.

Qualifications:

  • B Nutrition and Dietetics (Deakin University 2000-2003)
  • B Applied Science (Health Science) (Deakin University 2000-2003)
  • Certificate 3 Fitness instructor
  • Diploma Yoga Teaching 200hrs

Louise has completed professional development in the following areas;

  • Counselling Skills
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Non-diet Approach
  • Vegan and Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition

Professional Memberships:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia

Availability:

Louise is available for consultation:

  • Monday 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 8.30am - 12.30pm 
  • Thursday 8.30 am - 12.30 pm 

*Louise is only available for telehealth sessions (Video conference) 

 To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or book online.

You can fill out a pre assessment Questionnaire here.

 

We require that all clients be linked in with regular medical support to ensure their ongoing medical safety.

We require clients to be engaged with or planning to engage with psychological support to ensure that we are providing safe, ethical and evidence based support.

 

 

Age limits for accepting new referrals 

 

Please note some practitioners have boundaries on the age of clients they will accept as new referrals. 

We request that for all new clients aged 15 years and younger that a Pre assessment Questionnaire be completed to assist us in triaging the young person and family. 

 

For all clients aged 15 or younger we request that the initial assessment be with the parents/ carer only. Eating disorders do not just affect the person but families as a whole.

This is an important part of the assessment process and will help us to get a clear history of the development of the eating disorder and aid in setting up a treatment team and clear treatment goals moving forward. 

 

Family based treatment is the gold standard for supporting children and adolescents with eating disorders. The Eat Love Live team are not trained in family based treatment or family therapy. 

As dietitians we can be an adjunct to this important treatment process, provide a safe space for discussion around meal planning, information about eating disorders, physical and psychological risks associated with the eating disorder, normal puberty changes to the body, guidelines to adequate amounts of nutrition and help clear many of the myths about food and bodies in our community. 

We appreciate that accessing pediatric and adolescent services at this time is difficult and there are long wait lists. As with all clients, we insist that all adolescents are linked in with a multidisciplinary team including a GP and a mental health clinician - be it a psychologist or psychiatrist. And we suggest that clients make the referral to CHAMS/ CHYMS and / or private family therapy and be on the waiting list for this support. 

Along with the GP or paediatrician we can provide information and support while families are waiting for this important more intensive support.

Parents can speak with their GP or Paediatrician about referrals to these supports.