Working almost exclusively in the field of eating disorders and weight concerns for over twenty years, our team's knowledge and experience can help you break free of diet culture and develop a positive relationship with food, mind and body.

 
At River Oak Health, our philosophy and approach to treatment is informed by five key principles, with each principle collectively and equally contributing to a holistic and comprehensive model of care facilitated by our experts with your input.

 

 

Practice Based Evidence

(Informed by Our Experience)

Our experience of working with thousands of clients strongly influences our treatment approach. While the base our knowledge stems from professional education and training, much of what we have learned about delivering treatment has come from the many people we have worked with over the past 25 years.

Evidence Based Practice

(Informed by Research)

At River Oak Health, we value the advancement of knowledge through research, and aim to keep pace with the latest research from across the globe. We then review the research findings and explore ways of integrating them into our treatment approach following consultation with our staff and clients alike.

Collaborative and Customised

(Client Focussed)

While we acknowledge that research and guidelines suggest that specific treatment approaches should be offered in the first instance for some presentations, our experience is these treatments are not a ‘one fix for all’. We discuss a range of treatment options, and work collaboratively with you to tailor an individual treatment plan for your unique circumstances.

The journeys of our clients

(Informed by our Clients Experience)

We consider working with our clients an absolute pleasure, and as such, we truly value each unique story. Taking the time to listen to, and understand these stories has provided us with a rich and dynamic insight into the clients experience, providing an avenue of understanding that cannot be captured in a textbook or presentation.

Inclusion of loved ones

(Inclusiveness)

We appreciate that dietary change can be challenging and difficult at times, and for this reason, we encourage you identify the people around you that can assist you in the process of working towards improved health, wellbeing, and performance. We refer to these people as your support team, and encourage their participation in treatment with you.

 
 
Our expertise in the services we offer is supported by over 20 years of clinical experience in working with children, adolescents and adults in the community and hospital settings. As recognised leaders in our field both nationally and internationally, we have presented at conferences in Australia and Overseas, contributed to the development of best practice guidelines, and educated  thousands of health practitioners and students.
 

Individual and Family Consultations

Eating Disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
  • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Other Specific Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)
  • Avoidance and Restrictive Feeding and Intake Disorders (ARFID)
 

Eating Concerns

  • Emotional Eating
  • Yo-yo Dieting
  • Fussy Eating
  • Orthorexia
 

Weight Concerns*

  • 'Weight Management'
  • 'Weight Loss'
  • 'Obesity'
 
 

Body Image Concerns

  • Body Dissatisfaction
  • Body Composition Concerns
 

Special Interests

  • Athletes and disordered eating / eating disorders
  • Diabetes and disordered eating / eating disorders
 

Sports Nutrition

  • Sports performance for the elite athlete
  • Sports performance for the recreational athlete
 

(*) At River Oak Health, we adopt a non diet approach in our work and practice from a Body Acceptance and Health At Every Size (R) framework. Using this approach our primary focus is on health and wellbeing rather than weight, numbers and body size.

 

Other Services

We offer a range of workshops, training and education events for health professionals, school communities and the general public. Please contact us to discuss your needs or visit our training and events page to see what is coming up.

 
 
Shane Jeffrey   Director and Dietitian

Shane Jeffrey 
Director and Dietitian

Megan Bray  Dietitian

Megan Bray
Dietitian

Jen Pfeifler  Dietitian

Jen Pfeifler
Dietitian

Tanya Kretschmann  Lived Experience Consultant

Tanya Kretschmann
Lived Experience Consultant