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SPORTS & SPINAL ST LUCIA

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St Lucia

Level 1, Building 21C UQU Complex Union Road St Lucia QLD 4067

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St Lucia Sports & Spinal is located at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, on the Ground Floor, Building 21C. Conveniently located near Taringa, Indooroopilly, Toowong, Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Springhill, Paddington, Auchenflower, Milton, Rosalie, Bardon and other surrounding suburbs.

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD’s) are experts in food and nutrition. Qualification requires a minimum four-year tertiary degree and certification by Dietitians Australia. Dietitians use evidence-based research and their thorough understanding of human metabolism to help clients navigate their nutrition needs.

With the endless supply of online nutrition information, it can be challenging to determine which diet is best for you. Dietitians offer individualised advice and can help translate the latest evidence into practical steps to guide you in the right direction toward better health.

St Lucia Sports & Spinal is NDIS registered and accepts Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. 

HOW WE CAN HELP

 Introduction & Goal Setting
The first session is designed to learn more about you, your lifestyle, and what you want to achieve. Our dietitians will work with you to set clear, measurable goals to help determine the best possible treatment plan to get results.

Education
Our dietitians will give you the knowledge and understanding to take charge of your health. They can explain the link between dietary patterns and health outcomes and allow you the confidence to make changes now and in the future.

Plan
At the end of the consult, you will receive specific dietary strategies to help get you started toward your goal. Recommended time frames for reviews vary between fortnightly and monthly consults. A minimum of 2-3 review consults are often required to ensure you receive the opportunity to explore any challenges and adjust the plan as needed. Our dietitians strive to ensure you feel supported and confident throughout your journey.

Are you stuck in the ‘dieting cycle’? Are you constantly switching between phases of weight gain, weight loss, and simply getting nowhere?
Our dietitians take the time to understand your situation – your goals, lifestyle, social and medical history to tailor advice to suit you. Our dietitians can help you to develop the knowledge and skills to improve your relationship with food, achieve a balanced lifestyle and empower you with the confidence to be your best, healthiest self.

Dietitians can provide education on the role of nutrition in managing diabetes and blood glucose levels. We take a holistic approach, taking into consideration different medications, physical activity, and lifestyle choices to provide you with the best treatment plan for your situation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not really known, but a number of factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Whether you have a diagnosed food allergy or suspected food intolerance such as IBS, you may need to reduce or eliminate certain foods from your diet. Food intolerances can be particularly debilitating as the exact cause is often unclear and can often lead to overly restricted diets in fear of experiencing a flare-up. If you suspect you may have a food intolerance, a dietitian will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history, diet and lifestyle to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. You will then be provided with the knowledge and personalised resources to confidently manage your health independently.

Diet plays a big role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods that may make IBS symptoms worse. This process is called the FODMAP diet. Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any important nutrients.

The presence of 3 or more metabolic risk factors increases your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Risk factors include high cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood glucose and high blood pressure. While certain conditions are inherited, diet and lifestyle plays are major role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis are characterised by intermittent flare-ups of abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhoea. Over time, this can result in nutrient deficiencies as inflammation can block the absorption of essential nutrients in the intestine. While the cause of these conditions is still not well understood, dietitians can provide the latest evidence-based strategies to manage your flare-ups and support you in maintaining a healthy balanced diet.

Whether you’re looking to reduce your meat intake or go completely vegan, dietitians can help you navigate the expanding world of meat and dairy alternatives to ensure you are receiving the necessary nutrients on a plant-based diet.

If you or someone you love is experiencing an eating disorder, you can understand just how isolating and overwhelming it can be to live with this condition as it impacts many areas of a person’s life. Eating disorders are a complex mental illness but with the right treatment and support, full recovery is possible. Our dietitians can support you no matter what stage you are on your journey, whether you’re looking to learn more about your condition, explore your food fears and anxieties or are ready to set actionable goals toward regular eating.
Disordered eating on any level can often go unnoticed and be accepted as a normal part of today’s ‘diet culture’. There’s a common misconception that to have an eating disorder, you have to be extremely underweight, which is absolutely not true. Disordered eating can be present regardless of body shape, size, age or gender. If you ever experience a loss of control around food, engage in secretive or binge eating or struggle with poor body image, a dietitian can help you understand how these behaviours develop and work with you to build your confidence and improve your relationship with food.

Bariatric surgery is an effective tool to promote weight loss by reducing the size of your stomach capacity. It is essential that you receive the support of an experienced bariatric dietitian during your pre and post-surgery journey to ensure you are able to meet nutrient requirements. Our dietitians understand the different challenges you may face along the way and can help you to develop sustainable healthy eating habits long term.

Sports Dietitians provide individualised advice for athletes with various training intensities. Whether you’re looking to change body composition, run your first 10km or compete at a high-level sport, proper nutrition is an essential part of optimal performance. Sports Dietitians can provide advice on pre and post comp nutrition and recovery, hydration, supplementation and develop personalised meal plans.

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Peter Herzig

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Peter is available for telehealth appointments only

Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian (AccSD) who is passionate about a client-centred approach to nutrition; tailoring advice and plans to the individual.

With a background in sport science and an extensive history of cycling, Peter enjoys fine-tuning the nutrition plans of all cyclists and is currently the consulting Dietitian to the QAS cycling squad. Peter is also very passionate about the nutritional needs of recreational, junior, club, Audax and Gran Fondo participants.

Peter’s interests lie not only in sport. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life to meet their nutritional goals by tailoring advice to their individual circumstances.

Particular interests to Peter include:

  • Nutrition plans tailored to the individual
  • Sports Nutrition: endurance sports specialist (cycling, running, tri), event nutrition, active child nutrition, recovery nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, team sports.
  • Malnutrition management (weight gain)
  • Diabetes management
  • DVA clients
  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies
  • Balancing body composition goals and training recovery
  • Chronic Disease management and NDIS
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Junior sports nutrition and everyday eating
  • Race planning
  • Advice for the travelling athlete
  • Presentations and Training Camps
  • Coeliac Disease
  • IBS

Pete is available for Dietitian appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Upon making your initial appointment, you will receive an email including a 3x day food diary. This will be helpful information for your dietitian if completed ahead of time, along with any recent blood test results or relevant medical procedures. If applicable, our admin team may require your private healthcare card or GP referral.

This will vary depending on your goals and the level of support you would like. A minimum of 2-3x review consults are recommended to cover the necessary education and tailoring of treatment plans. Certain conditions, such as IBS management and body composition goals, often require longer-term support.

Initial consults are 45 minutes to 1 hour; review consults are 30 minutes.

A meal plan is like receiving the answers to a test; it may be helpful in the short-term but doesn’t teach you how to maintain healthy eating behaviours for life. Personalised meal plans may be combined with nutrition education to help you understand the ‘why’ behind recommended food choices.

You can select a telehealth appointment on the online booking or request telehealth with our admin team. You will receive an email with instruction and link to video call. Our dietitian will provide a consult summary and any additional information via email.

You’re welcome to contact your dietitian via email with any questions.

Depending on your cover, you may be eligible for a rebate.

In Australia, nutritionists aren’t regulated and may have limited qualifications. Dietitians require a minimum of 4 years of tertiary study at an Australian university and are credentialed by the governing body Dietitian’s Australia. Dietitians must continue training and education throughout their careers to maintain APD status.

services & FACILITIES

  • On-Site Parking (5 spaces)
  • Street Parking
  • Gym & Pilates Equipment
  • NDIS Registered
  • Medicare Rebates
  • HICAPS Health Fund Claims

This June the @herveybay_sportsandspinal team are taking on The Push-Up Challenge and completing a heap of push-ups between June 5-28 to raise funds and awareness for mental health 🧠

You can show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to the cause via our bio!

Every dollar helps #pushforbetter mental health outcomes in Australia.

This June the @herveybay_sportsandspinal team are taking on The Push-Up Challenge and completing a heap of push-ups between June 5-28 to raise funds and awareness for mental health 🧠

You can show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to the cause via our bio!

Every dollar helps #pushforbetter mental health outcomes in Australia.
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June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month! 🌸 

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the pelvic organs drop from their normal position due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, and urinary issues.

Physiotherapy can be a game-changer in managing POP. Here are three effective exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, core and surrounding areas:

1️⃣ Bridge
2️⃣ Bird Dog
3️⃣ Single Leg Toe Tap

These exercises can help improve your pelvic health and reduce symptoms. Contact a women’s health physiotherapist for personalised management and support. 💪

#sportsandspinal #PelvicHealth #ProlapseAwareness #WomensHealth #Physiotherapy #StrongCore #exercise

June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month! 🌸

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the pelvic organs drop from their normal position due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, and urinary issues.

Physiotherapy can be a game-changer in managing POP. Here are three effective exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, core and surrounding areas:

1️⃣ Bridge
2️⃣ Bird Dog
3️⃣ Single Leg Toe Tap

These exercises can help improve your pelvic health and reduce symptoms. Contact a women’s health physiotherapist for personalised management and support. 💪

#sportsandspinal #PelvicHealth #ProlapseAwareness #WomensHealth #Physiotherapy #StrongCore #exercise
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Men's Health Week focuses on supporting men's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 

The multidisciplinary team at Sports & Spinal can help men with their health needs and goals. Whether you work at the desk, on the job site, if you’re a weekend warrior on the sporting field or simply have a niggle or two, let our team work with you to get back to your best! 

Get in touch with our team today - head to our bio!

Men`s Health Week focuses on supporting men`s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

The multidisciplinary team at Sports & Spinal can help men with their health needs and goals. Whether you work at the desk, on the job site, if you’re a weekend warrior on the sporting field or simply have a niggle or two, let our team work with you to get back to your best!

Get in touch with our team today - head to our bio!
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Men’s Health Week 🙋‍♂️

This week serves as opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities. 

Sports & Spinal offers a range of allied health services that can help improve men’s health including: 
✅Physiotherapy 
✅Podiatry 
✅Massage 
✅Exercise Physiology 
✅Dietetics 
✅Psychology 
✅Pilates & Gym Classes 
+ More! 

Find your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to learn more - head to our bio!

Men’s Health Week 🙋‍♂️

This week serves as opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities.

Sports & Spinal offers a range of allied health services that can help improve men’s health including:
✅Physiotherapy
✅Podiatry
✅Massage
✅Exercise Physiology
✅Dietetics
✅Psychology
✅Pilates & Gym Classes
+ More!

Find your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to learn more - head to our bio!
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Finally! Winter warming recipes will be making their way back into the kitchen. As it gets cooler, it can be tempting to overindulge ourselves with big warming meals. 
 
Here’s a healthier version of a winter favourite for you to try this season! 

Ingredients 
🥧30g butter 
🥧2 tbsp plain flour 
🥧1 1/2 cups curry sauce (red curry) 
🥧200g sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces 
🥧1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed 
🥧4 cooked chicken drumsticks 
🥧1 cup fresh coriander leaves 
🥧5 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry 
🥧1 egg, lightly whisked 
🥧sesame seeds 
 
Step1 
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in curry sauce. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool. 

Step 2 
Cook sweet potato and broccolini in separate microwave-safe dishes on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes and 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, respectively, or until just tender. Chop broccolini into pieces. 

Step 3 
Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove chicken meat from bone and shred. Stir chicken, sweet potato, broccolini and coriander into cooled sauce. 

Step 4 
Use a 10.5cm cutter to cut 12 circles from 3 sheets of pastry and use to line 12 x 1/2-cup muffin pans. Divide filling among pastry. Use an 8.5cm cutter to cut out 12 circles from remaining pastry. Brush 1 side of circles with egg. Place, brushed-side down, on top of pies. Press edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits in the top of each pie. Brush with a egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

Bake in a 220°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden - then dig in!

Finally! Winter warming recipes will be making their way back into the kitchen. As it gets cooler, it can be tempting to overindulge ourselves with big warming meals.

Here’s a healthier version of a winter favourite for you to try this season!

Ingredients
🥧30g butter
🥧2 tbsp plain flour
🥧1 1/2 cups curry sauce (red curry)
🥧200g sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces
🥧1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed
🥧4 cooked chicken drumsticks
🥧1 cup fresh coriander leaves
🥧5 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
🥧1 egg, lightly whisked
🥧sesame seeds

Step1
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in curry sauce. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

Step 2
Cook sweet potato and broccolini in separate microwave-safe dishes on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes and 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, respectively, or until just tender. Chop broccolini into pieces.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove chicken meat from bone and shred. Stir chicken, sweet potato, broccolini and coriander into cooled sauce.

Step 4
Use a 10.5cm cutter to cut 12 circles from 3 sheets of pastry and use to line 12 x 1/2-cup muffin pans. Divide filling among pastry. Use an 8.5cm cutter to cut out 12 circles from remaining pastry. Brush 1 side of circles with egg. Place, brushed-side down, on top of pies. Press edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits in the top of each pie. Brush with a egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake in a 220°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden - then dig in!
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@sportsandspinalspringfield Testing out their strength with their VALD tech 💪🏻

The team took it upon themselves to have some friendly competition with their new VALD technology and we love to see it! 

In this video the team tested both the clinician and admin team members grip strength with the new VALD Dynometer! 

Did you know that Grip Strength can be used to assess general overall upper limb strength and assess for asymmetries? This can be a very useful monitoring tool for those with upper limb injurious or concerns. Additionally, higher scores are also associated with:

- increased longevity,
- decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia,
- decreased falls risk and,
- may also be a reliable predictor for stroke and heart disease.

Our VALD technology can be used for so much more and provide you with a great amount of information to assist you in your rehabilitation and health journey 🫶

Looking to make an appointment? Head to our bio or give your local @sports.and.spinal clinic a call today 📲

@sportsandspinalspringfield Testing out their strength with their VALD tech 💪🏻

The team took it upon themselves to have some friendly competition with their new VALD technology and we love to see it!

In this video the team tested both the clinician and admin team members grip strength with the new VALD Dynometer!

Did you know that Grip Strength can be used to assess general overall upper limb strength and assess for asymmetries? This can be a very useful monitoring tool for those with upper limb injurious or concerns. Additionally, higher scores are also associated with:

- increased longevity,
- decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia,
- decreased falls risk and,
- may also be a reliable predictor for stroke and heart disease.

Our VALD technology can be used for so much more and provide you with a great amount of information to assist you in your rehabilitation and health journey 🫶

Looking to make an appointment? Head to our bio or give your local @sports.and.spinal clinic a call today 📲
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Winter Wellbeing – What does it look like? 

As the days become shorter, cooler and possibly more gloomy our wellness and wellbeing can shift into feelings of being ‘low’ or ‘flat’. So, how can we avoid the winter blues? 🤷‍♂️

💤 Prioritise good sleep patterns 
🏃 Keep active 
🥗 Eat well 
☀️ Boost your vitamin D 
🙌 Practice healthy habits 

If you need help dodging the winter blues and keeping your health it’s best then get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today! Our allied health team can help you stay on track whether it be through nutrition, exercise or all of the above. 

Get in touch with our team today to learn more - head to our bio

Winter Wellbeing – What does it look like?

As the days become shorter, cooler and possibly more gloomy our wellness and wellbeing can shift into feelings of being ‘low’ or ‘flat’. So, how can we avoid the winter blues? 🤷‍♂️

💤 Prioritise good sleep patterns
🏃 Keep active
🥗 Eat well
☀️ Boost your vitamin D
🙌 Practice healthy habits

If you need help dodging the winter blues and keeping your health it’s best then get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today! Our allied health team can help you stay on track whether it be through nutrition, exercise or all of the above.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more - head to our bio
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Do you have a food allergy or suspected food intolerance? 

A Sports & Spinal dietitian will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history, diet and lifestyle to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. You will then be provided with the knowledge and personalised resources to confidently manage your health independently. 

Get in touch with our team today to see how they can help you!

Do you have a food allergy or suspected food intolerance?

A Sports & Spinal dietitian will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history, diet and lifestyle to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. You will then be provided with the knowledge and personalised resources to confidently manage your health independently.

Get in touch with our team today to see how they can help you!
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Parking and Directions at St Lucia Sports & Spinal:

1. Enter UQ from the Sir Fred Schonell Drive entrance. Continue along the road and drive straight through the roundabout (an athletics field will be on your left).

2. Turn left into Blair Drive, then turn right into the 2nd street on the right – Union Rd.

3. Proceed along Union Rd and turn left at the top of the road  – at the “Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio” sign

4. Follow the road as it veers right. Our sign-posted car parking area will be on your right. The entrance to St Lucia Sports & Spinal is approx. 20 metres away, to your right.

Free Parking

  • There are 5 bays on either side of the parking area to choose from.

  • Please tell reception on arrival your car rego

  • On Saturdays, free parking is available everywhere on campus.

Public Transport

The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus has a very convenient public transport system, with frequent service available via both bus and City Cat.

City Cat

  • Take a City-Cat to the University of Queensland stop.
  • Exit the terminal and walk straight ahead, Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left.
  • Take the right-hand path when it splits, up the elevated walkway to the UQU Building. St Lucia Sports & Spinal is in front of you to the right, next to the Bike Shop

Bus

  • There are two bus stops at UQ, St Lucia campus.

  • The first stop is located at Chancellor’s Place near the J.D. Story building. There is a map of the campus located near this bus stop. Please refer to this map to locate the Union Complex building (look for the swimming pool image and Union Road).

  • The other bus station is located at UQ Lakes (photo at right). Buses travel across the ‘Green Bridge’ to access this terminal. Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left. Take the right hand path when it splits, up the hill to a carpark. BSSP is in front of you on your right as you cross the carpark.

  • For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.