At Focus Dietetics our mission is to provide equitable nutrition services to people with a disability in the ACT and surrounding areas. We help individuals, groups, families, carers, and support providers to increase nutrition knowledge, set and achieve nutrition goals, develop healthy food-related skills, meet nutrition needs, and learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and eating. We are experienced in working with people of all ages with a range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, neurological, sensory, and psychiatric disability. We can adapt our communication and intervention techniques to suit your needs, and will support you in your journey to achieve realistic nutrition goals.
Our dietitian, Shannon Butler, completed her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra in 2017. She has extensive experience as a Disability Support Worker and Disability Support Coordinator, and it was through these positions that she decided to return to university to become qualified to provide nutrition services to people with a disability. Shannon believes there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to a healthy lifestyle, and that all foods can be enjoyed as a part of a balanced diet. She knows that having a disability can make it harder to be successful with good nutrition, so she is passionate about setting realistic goals and strategies and working closely with you and your support network to help you achieve them. If you would like to find out more about Shannon and her approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Nutrition Assessment for Individuals and Groups
Meal Planning & Recipes for Group Living
Nutrition Support Service
Workshops and Education Programs for Disability Support Providers with topics such as:
- General Healthy Eating
- Food Handling & Safety
- Nutrition in Dementia
- Shopping Training
NDIS participations- as per price guide (currently $178.98/hour)
Initial consultation (60 minutes): $140
Review consultation (30 minutes): $80
Extended review consultation (45 minutes): $110
Contact us for pricing on workshops, training, group living meal planning and recipes
We are registered with NDIS, Medicare, Department of Veteran Affairs, and most major health funds. For GP Chronic Disease Management plans, a rebate of $52.95 applies for up to five appointments per calendar year.
Do I need to have an NDIS plan to access Focus Dietetics?
No, we also accept private fee payments. As we are a registered Medicare provider, you may be able to claim a rebate if your GP has given you a Chronic Disease Management plan. See our pricing section for more details.
Do I need to have a disability to access Focus Dietetics?
No. Although our priority is to provide people with disabilities access to a dietitian with specialist skills and a deep understanding of the disability sector, we are open to helping you whether you have a disability or not. Contact us to find out if we are the right fit for you.
What sets Focus Dietetics apart?
Providing sustainable services for people with disabilities is often a complex issue, especially when the person has a large network of support and health providers. At Focus Dietetics we understand this, and go above and beyond to provide interventions that are likely to succeed. This means we spend considerable time communicating with your network and adapting plans and resources to suit your needs.
What workshops and training topics do you provide for Disability Support Workers?
Common topics include general healthy eating, food safety, nutrition in people with dementia, and shopping skills. If you are a disability support organization and you would like a workshop on a specific nutrition topic, we are happy to chat about what we can do for you. Contact us here.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we request that you give us at least 24 hours’ notice so that somebody else can take your spot. We do know that life happens, and 24 hours’ notice isn’t always possible, however for repeated last-minute cancellations we reserve the right to charge for the session in full. We will also make every attempt to provide you with the same respect if, for any reason, we need to reschedule.
What should I know before I have my first appointment?
The dietitian will probably ask you for information about the following: medical history, family medical history, medications, social environment, recent medical & blood tests, weight history, and current food intake. It may be helpful if you ask somebody to help you gather this information beforehand. If you have a hard time remembering or communicating what you usually eat, it can help to keep a food diary for 2-3 days before the appointment.