About the Capacity Building for Dietitians in Disability (CBBD) project

  • The Capacity Building for Dietitians in Disability (CBDD) project is an NDIS funded project to build the capacity of dietitians to meet the needs of people with disabilities and improve access to dietitian services.
  • Dietitians Australia (DA) is the lead organisation. 
  • The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is the partner organisation.


  • Poor recognition of the food, fluid, and nutrition care needs of people with disability has resulted in adverse health outcomes for many people with disability in Australia.
  • Poor access to dietitian services and limited workforce capacity are barriers to nutrition care for people with disability, in both mainstream health and NDIS settings.

About the Advisory Group

Members of the CBDD Advisory Group will include:

  • Two people with disability
  • One dietitian who is an NDIS provider
  • One dietitian who works in the mainstream health setting
  • One person from AFDO
  • DA Centre for Advanced Learning Manager
  • DA Project Manager (other DA personnel may attend Advisory Group meetings to provide support, as required).

The Advisory Group will run from July 2020 to 1st February 2023. 

  • Meetings will be held via Zoom video conferencing platform.
  • It is anticipated that there will be 7 teleconferences over the course of the project. 
  • Each teleconference meeting will be held for a maximum of two hours, unless advised otherwise.

Selection Criteria

  • Person with disability
  • Experience accessing a dietitian or nutrition service in the mainstream health or NDIS setting is preferable
  • Currently hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) or willing to obtain an ABN (available via Australian Taxation Office)

Role and function of the Advisory Group

The role of persons with disability on the Advisory Group will be to:

  • Provide the perspective of a person with lived experience of disability
  • Inform the development of an educational program to enhance dietitians’ knowledge and capacity to meet the needs of people with disability
  • Build the capacity of dietitians to diagnose and treat conditions for people with disability
  • Improve dietitians understanding of NDIS access requirements
  • Increase dietitians understanding of needs for people with disability when interacting with services
  • Educate health professionals (dietitians) about disability

Participating in the Advisory Group 

As a member of the Advisory Group, you will provide input on topics to build the capacity of dietitians to meet the needs of people with disability by:

  • Reviewing preparatory material before the teleconference 
  • Participating in scheduled teleconferences 
  • Completing surveys, or read and respond to documentation 


We are committed to meeting your accessibility requirements to participate in the Advisory Group, for example, captioning, Auslan or providing Large Print documents as needed.  If you would like to discuss your specific accessibility requirements further, please contact the Project Manager or AFDO representative listed below.


Remuneration for dietitians and people with disability is $77.25 per hour (excl GST).  Any time spent on Advisory Group activities is billable, including time spent reviewing documentation and participation in meetings.  An allowance of up to 2 hours of billable time is made for reviewing documentation provided in advance of Advisory Group meetings.  This time allowance may be adjusted in accordance with the amount of material required for review or accessibility needs.

How to apply

You can submit your Expression of Interest to join the Capacity Building for Dietitians in Disability (CBDD) Advisory Group by sending an email to outlining why you would be suitable to join the Advisory Group or you can contact Jim on 0456 003 767. 


Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
Jim Valavanis 

Telephone: 0456 003 767 

Project Manager
Sayne Dalton

Telephone 02 6189 1213