About Focus Dietetics

Focus Dietetics provides nutrition and dietitian services to people with a disability in Canberra and surrounding areas. We mainly work with NDIS participants and their families, carers and support providers to make positive lifestyle changes and achieve realistic nutrition goals. We work with people of all ages and with a range of disabilities. Our dietitian will adapt communication and education strategies to suit a person’s unique needs, and is committed to offering support throughout the nutrition journey.

About Shannon

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Our dietitian, Shannon Butler, completed her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra. She has a background in disability support, and it was due to experiences in this role that she chose to become a qualified dietitian specifically for people living with disabilities. 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 also knows that having a disability can make it harder to make successful improvements to personal 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.


  • Individual and group-based consultations
  • Meal planning for group-based living
  • Cooking skills development
  • Nutrition Support services
  • Workshops and Education Programs for disability support providers
  • Mobile services available


  • 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 see the dietitian?

No, we are also registered with Medicare, DVA, private health funds, and we accept private fee payments. See our ‘pricing’ section for more details, or give us a call. 

Do I need to have a disability to see the dietitian?

No. Our priority is to provide people with disabilities access to a dietitian with specialist skills and knowledge of the disability sector, but 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?

Experience and dedication. Focus has a proud history of providing disability support to Canberrans. Although our dietetics service is relatively new, our dietitian also has a background as a disability support worker and as a support coordinator through the NDIS transition. At Focus Dietetics, we under stand that providing sustainable services for people with a disability can be quite complex. We go above and beyond to work with a person and their extended support networks to set nutrition goals that are more achievable. 

What workshops and training topics do you provide for Disability Support Providers?

Common topics include general healthy eating, food safety, nutrition in dementia, and shopping skills. If you are a disability support provider and you would like a workshop on a specific nutrition topic, we are happy to chat about what we can do for you. 

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 your 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.

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Get in touch with our dietitian

If you are interested in Focus ACT’s services and support, please contact our Intake and Referral on (02) 6282 9422 or complete the services form below.
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