Initial Consultation (45 Mins)
In your first consultation, you will meet with one of our highly-experienced bariatric doctors, who will perform a thorough assessment of your current health, existing medical conditions, family history, medications and lifestyle factors, all within a private, non-judgmental clinical space. Your doctor may request further investigations, such as a blood test, to help identify any potential underlying causes of your weight gain. From this deeper investigation into your current medical needs, your doctor will work with you to administer the safest and most appropriate treatment plan that will maximise your weight loss success.
You will receive a complementary body composition scan, using our state-of-the-art technology, which will provide detailed information about your current fat percentage, muscle mass and basal metabolic rate.
After your first consultation, our administrative team will spend time introducing you to our community, helping you get set up with our Alevia app and booking your next appointments.
Long Consultation (20-30 Mins)
Your second consultation with your bariatric doctor will be dedicated to tailoring and administering the most appropriate treatment plan to help you lose weight and achieve your goals, including a dietary and exercise plan, as well as consideration of appetite suppressant medications (where appropriate). Your doctor will walk you through the process, explain the medical evidence behind your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have, so that you walk away with a comprehensive plan of action and feel confident to get started.
Standard Consultation (10-15 Mins)
Once you have commenced your treatment plan, you can make review appointments with your bariatric doctor to troubleshoot any issues, ask questions and check in on your weight loss progress. In your check-ups, your doctor may also refer you to other specialists to be involved in your multi-disciplinary care where needed.
Obesity and overweight is a chronic health condition and requires active maintenance efforts, so your doctor will always be here to help you manage your weight in the long-term, at a frequency that suits you best, to help you stay accountable.
Body Composition Scan (10-15 Mins)
If your doctor has suggested that you undergo another body composition scan to monitor your progress, you can use our state-of-the-art technology to check your fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density, basal metabolic rate and more.
Discounted Fees for Pensioners/Health Care Card Owners
If you have a concession card, you are eligible for our discounted fees, which are $10 less than the out of pocket fees for each appointment type. Enquire with our reception team for more information.
After Hours Fees
After hours fees apply after 6:00pm on weekdays and on Saturdays
Full fee upfront is payable on the day of your appointment and will be processed with a
credit/debit card token provided at the time of booking
Medicare rebate is processed for you on your behalf by our administration team and will go
back into the account that you have nominated with Medicare within 24 and 48 hours.
(This may be different to the account that the payment for your consultation came out of)
Out of pocket fee is the amount of money that you will be out of pocket after Medicare has
processed your rebate.
All payments made via credit card incur a 1.5% surcharge.
Fees for Pensioners & Health Care Card Owners
If you have a concession card, you will receive a $10 discount.
For example, a Standard Follow Up consultation would be a full fee of $98.00 – $10.00
= $88.00, with a rebate of $39.25 = $48.75 out of pocket.
If you cancel or reschedule your appointment with less than 1 business days’ notice OR fail
to attend your appointment, a cancellation fee will be deducted from your account.
Recommended Appointment Structure
We know that getting started on your weight loss journey can be difficult, so our doctors have developed an appointment structure to maximise your weight loss success and specifically designed to provide you with the support that you need, especially in those first few weeks. Patients who follow this recommended appointment structure have had the best results in our clinic.
Late Notice Fee
If you cancel/reschedule your appointment with less than 1 business days’ notice OR you fail to attend your appointment, a late notice fee will be deducted from your account. If you have any concerns, our reception team will be here and ready to happily assist you.
Rebates for Allied Health Professionals
Some people may wish to obtain a rebate for their allied health appointments. This is possible in one of two ways – through Private Health Insurance or a GP Management Plan (which is commonly called a “Care plan”)
What is a care plan?
You may qualify for a care plan with your GP. A care plan provides you with up to 5 sessions that are partially subsidized by medicare – you get about $55 back per session.
How do I know if I’m eligible for a care plan?
To be eligible for a care plan you need to have a chronic health condition (having a BMI > 30 qualifies or a BMI >27 with other health conditions) and be seeing at least 2 other health practitioners apart from your regular GP. Your Alevia GP, dietitian and exercise physiologist all qualify as team members.
What if I have used my care plan sessions?
You may be allocated up to 5 sessions per calendar year through a care plan. If you haven’t used any or all of your sessions, then you can ask your GP to allocate them to the Alevia allied health team.
Their details are as follows:
Dietitian – recommend 3 sessions
20/201 Wellington Parade South, East Melbourne 3002 or 374 Mountain Highway Wantirna 3152
Ph 03 9344 1322 Fax: 03 9011 9776
Exercise Physiologist – recommend 2 sessions
Ms Holly Eckert
Level 5, 126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. 3002
Phone: (03) 9486 0512 Fax: (03) 9486 0513
If you have health insurance with extras, you may get a rebate back for either the dietitian, the exercise physiologist or both.
How much can I expect to get back?
It depends on your health insurer and level of cover as well as limits that apply for your insurance.
How can I get my rebate?
You can either bring in your health insurance card and we can process your rebate for you on the spot or we can provide you with an invoice and you can make a claim directly with your insurer.
How much can expect to get back?
Rebates can vary and depend on your insurer. Please check directly with your insurance provider.
What if I have both health insurance and a care plan?
You can choose to use one or the other but not both options to get a rebate.