We offer dietitian services to people living with disability in the ACT and NSW.

We mainly work with NDIS participants and their families, carers and support providers to make positive lifestyle changes and achieve realistic nutrition goals.

We also provide services through My Aged Care, Medicare, and privately.

Our dietitians adapt their communication and education strategies to suit a person’s needs, and are committed to offering support throughout the nutrition journey.

Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Shannon holds a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Human Nutrition from Brigham Young University in Utah, USA. She was the recipient of the university’s Most Outstanding Dietetic Student award for her academic achievements and advocacy for better nutrition for people living with disability. She has a background in disability support, and it was due to experiences in this role that she chose to become a qualified dietitian in the first place. 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 lasting changes to diet, so she is realistic about setting goals and strategies that suits a person’s unique needs.

As experts in the disability sector, we have experience working with people with a variety of needs and abilities. We work across the lifespan, from infancy through to aged care. We are happy to speak with you about your circumstances to determine whether we are the right fit for you.

Our services include:

  • Dietary Advice
  • Counselling for Lifestyle Change
  • Nutrition Care Plans
  • Training for Disability Support Workers
  • Mealtime Management Plans
  • Meal Planning Frameworks and Adapted Recipes
  • Shopping & Cooking Skills Training
  • Workshops/Group-Based Skills Development
  • NDIS Access and Nutrition Support Assessor
  • Mobile services available

Appointments are available at our accessible clinic in Deakin, ACT, or we can come to you. For an NDIS participant, travel feels can be included within the plan.

Focus ACT provides services through the NDIS, My Aged Care, Medicare, Department of Veteran Affairs, and most major health funds.                                                     


For NDIS participants, we price our services in accordance with the ACT NDIS Price Guide. As of July 2018, those prices are:

  • $179.26/hour for participants using the Improved Daily Living budget
  • $182.74/hour for participants using the Improved Health & Wellbeing budget


Medicare or Private Fee Payments

Initial assessment (60 minutes): $130
$77.05 gap fee for CDM patients

Review assessment (30 minutes): $70
$17.05 gap fee for CDM patients

Extended review (45 minutes): $100
$47.05 gap fee for CDM patients

Do I need to have an NDIS plan to see the dietitian?

No, we are also registered with Medicare, My Aged Care, 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 equitable nutrition services to people living with disability, 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 since 1991. Although our dietetics service is relatively new, our lead dietitian also has a background as a disability support worker and as a support coordinator through the NDIS transition. At Focus, we understand that providing sustainable services for people with 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, or for a specific client, 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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