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Dietitians and weight management

We can pay for this treatment immediately after your accident. You don't need initial TAC approval, but you will need a referral from your doctor.

We may contact you or your provider to check your progress and see if you are getting the support you need. This will help us make sure your treatment is helping your recovery. It will allow us to make decisions about what treatment we can pay for and how long we can pay for it.

How to get treatment from a dietitian

  1. If it’s been more than 6 months since you had any treatment paid for by the TAC, call us to find out if we can pay for more treatment.
  2. Go to your doctor for a referral to see a dietitian.
  3. Choose a dietitian. Your doctor can recommend one in your local area or you can search for a dietitian online.
  4. Call and make an appointment. Tell them you are a TAC client, you have a referral and who the referral is from.
  5. Ask if they charge at TAC rates. If the provider charges more, they may ask you for a 'gap payment' to make up the difference
  6. Go to your appointment and give the dietitian your TAC claim number.

If you have a weight or appetite issue caused by your transport accident we can pay for you to see a dietitian.

How to pay for treatment

In most cases, we will pay your provider . If you have to pay, scan or take a photo of your receipt. Send it to us with the ‘Upload documents’ button on myTAC, or by email to info@tac.vic.gov.au and we will repay you.

We will pay for your treatment at the TAC rate. If your provider charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference. This is known as a 'gap payment'. If you need to pay a gap, you may be able to recover some of the cost through Medicare or private health insurance.

What does a dietitian do?

Dietitians help with maintaining a healthy body weight and planning nutritional diets and menus.

Dietitian fees

Effective 1 July 2019

For Dietitian services provided on or after 1 July 2019
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment
Rate
Individual treatment
Initial ConsultationD600 $60.64
Standard ConsultationD602 $48.52
Long ConsultationD604 $72.51
Prolonged ConsultationD606 $96.90
Travel (with prior approval)
TravelD630 $96.90
Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been approved.
All travel is to be separately billed in blocks of 15 minutes.
Reports
ReportD640* $106.59
When submitting an account for payment, details of the time taken to complete the report must be recorded on the account.
TravelD641* $106.59
Travel claimed in relation to providing a report for management-type services such as reviews undertaken at the TAC's specific request. Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been provided.  
Standard Consultation   - up to 30 minutes
Long Consultation         - >30 minutes < 45 minutes
Prolonged Consultation - >45 minutes <60 minutes
For Dietitian services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment
Rate
Individual treatment
Initial Consultation D600 $59.42
Standard Consultation D602 $47.54
Long Consultation D604 $71.06
Prolonged Consultation D606 $94.96
Travel (with prior approval)
Travel D630 $94.96
Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been approved.
All travel is to be separately billed in blocks of 15 minutes.
Reports
Report D640* $104.45
When submitting an account for payment, details of the time taken to complete the report must be recorded on the account.
Travel D641* $104.45
Travel claimed in relation to providing a report for management-type services such as reviews undertaken at the TAC's specific request. Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been provided.  
Standard Consultation   - up to 30 minutes
Long Consultation         - >30 minutes < 45 minutes
Prolonged Consultation - >45 minutes <60 minutes
For Dietitian services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2020
Not Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number

2019/20
Maximum
Payment
Rate

2018/19 
Maximum Payment

Rate
Reports
ReportDGF640 $96.90 $94.96
When submitting an account for payment, details of the time taken to complete the report must be recorded on the account.
TravelDGF641 $96.90 $94.96
Travel claimed in relation to providing a report for management-type services such as reviews undertaken at the TAC's specific request. Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been provided.  
Standard Consultation   - up to 30 minutes
Long Consultation         - >30 minutes < 45 minutes
Prolonged Consultation - >45 minutes <60 minutes

Fees for dietitian services performed within a public hospital will be based on the
Department of Human Services schedule of fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria.
Refer to www.health.vic.gov.au/feesman.

General reimbursement form

Summary:

This form can be used to claim general expenses. Itemised, original receipts must accompany the completed form.  Please note there are separate forms for claiming costs related to travel, accommodation, pharmacy, home services and medical excess.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipts. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Travel expense declaration form

Summary:

This form is to be used when claiming reimbursement for travel (i.e. private vehicle, public transport and/or taxi) expenses to attend: medical treatment for accident injuries; medical examinations arranged by the TAC; approved rehabilitation or disability services; or work, if you are participating in a formal Return to Work program.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipt. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Dietitians and weight management

We’re here to help you get your life back on track after your transport accident. To help with significant weight or appetite issues caused by your transport accident, we will pay for dietitian consultations and weight management treatments provided in Australia.

You can get this treatment immediately after your transport accident without initial approval from the TAC.

If it’s been more than 6 months since you had any treatment or service paid for by the TAC, you need to call us to find out if we can pay for this treatment.

When we can pay for dietitian services and weight management

If your doctor recommends that you need to see a dietitian after your transport accident the TAC can approve this treatment.

We will pay for you to visit your doctor or other health professional so you can discuss your needs with them. If you have had a significant weight gain, weight loss or an appetite issue caused by your transport accident and it can’t be fixed by normal exercise or diet, they can refer you to a dietitian.

Where appropriate we will work with your treating team to help coordinate the dietetics and other support you need.

We may contact your dietitian to discuss your progress or request an assessment to make sure that:

  • You have access to the most appropriate treatment and support.
  • You are getting proven, evidence-based treatment and not getting treatment that isn't helping you recover.
  • You are moving towards getting your life back on track or being able to live independently.

Treatments and services we can't pay for

We cannot pay for services that:

  • Do not treat your transport accident injuries.
  • Are not reasonable, necessary or appropriate.
  • Are not clinically justified, safe and effective.

We can only pay for dietitian consultations and weight management services if you have had a significant weight gain, weight loss or an appetite issue caused by your transport accident and it can’t be helped by normal exercise or diet.

We cannot pay for commercial weight management programs or food and meal replacement services such as Weight Watchers, Light N’Easy, Jenny Craig or Optifast.

What do dietitians do?

Dietitians provide a range of evidence-based nutrition services and dietary counselling. They can help you maintain a healthy weight and plan nutritional diets and menus.

For more information please see the following resources:

How treatments and services are paid for

We pay for your treatment:

  • Directly to your dietitian, when you have given them your TAC claim number, or
  • If you have to pay, use myTAC to send a copy of your receipt to us and we will repay you.

We pay for your services in line with our responsibilities under the Transport Accident Act 1986.

How much will you pay for my treatment?

We will pay for your treatment and services according to our fee schedule. If your provider charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference.

For a list of TAC rates, see:

For providers

If you are a dietitian or provider of weight loss services, please refer to our TAC provider guidelines.