AW-11434138844Naina Varma (APD) | Eat Love Live | Recovery from eating disorders, disordered eating & diet culture
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Naina Varma (APD, CEDC) 

Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) 
Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC)


Naina is a brown, queer and small fat Accredited Practising Dietitian, as well as an activist and advocate for an equitable healthcare system free of weight discrimination. Their practice is deeply rooted in compassion, social justice and feminist theory.

Committed to client-centred and supportive nutritional therapy, Naina aims to empower clients through a compassionate and collaborative approach. They ensure that clients feel comfortable and in control of their care.

Passionate about helping individuals explore their relationships with food and their bodies, Naina strives to create an environment where clients feel seen and heard. Recognizing that everyone has their unique food and body story, Naina prioritises building trust and safety to facilitate these explorations.



Qualifications: Professional memberships:
  • Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Dietetic Practice
  • Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC)
  • Working with Children’s Check


  • Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Dietitian’s Australia (Accredited Practising Dietitian)
  • Mental Health Practitioners Network (MHPN) Eating Disorders Victoria Group
  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC)


Areas of special interest: Naina has completed professional development in the following areas:
  • Weight inclusive practice and working with clients at a higher weight
  • Eating disorders and disordered eating
  • Culturally inclusive care and decolonising food/health beliefs
  • Trauma and mental health
  • Body image distress
  • Neurodivergence and feeding/eating difference
  • Weight inclusive diabetes care
  • Gender diversity and supporting the LGBQTIA+ community
  • Eating Disorders (all types)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Neurodivergence, Feeding Differences and ARFID
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid
  • Body Image: The Missing Pieces of Body Healing
  • Size inclusive care to support chronic disease (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and renal disease)
  • The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians
  • Enhanced Cognition Based Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
  • Trauma informed care



Please note clients need to be 15+ or older to see Naina for eating disorder care and 5+ for general paediatric care. 

Naina is currently accepting new clients.


To make a booking with Naina, you can contact reception or book online via:
Phone: (03) 9087 8379
Online booking system: Naina's online booking link 
Naina is available for consultation on:
  • Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm (face to face)
  • Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm (telehealth)
  • Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm (telehealth)

You can fill out a pre assessment Questionnaire here.

Please send all referrals to:
Fax: (03) 9088 0249


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.


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 Therapy/Treatment (FBT) is the gold standard for supporting children and adolescents with eating disorders. The Eat Love Live team are not trained in FBT or family therapy. 

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 paediatric and adolescent services 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 CAMHS/CYMHS 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.

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