About Us

The ACT Nutrition Support Service (ACTNSS) is an initiative of Nutrition Australia ACT Inc.

ACTNSS is delivered by a small team of Accredited Practising Dietitians, passionate about inspiring the Canberra community to eat well at all ages. 

We work closely with local community organisations to increase opportunities that make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Our dietitians are accredited by Dietitians Australia to ensure that the information provided to you is credible and evidence-based.

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Staff

Our staff are all Accredited Practising Dietitians and work on a range of projects and programs within the ACT.

Leanne Elliston

Executive Officer

Courtney Best

Dietitian

Ellen Bruce

Dietitian

Freya Vos

Dietitian

Cindy Daradong

Dietitian

ACT Committee of Management

The Committee of Management is volunteer-based and currently has committee members with experience in policy, education, regulation, clinical dietetics, research and health promotion programs.

Gillian Duffy – Chair

Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Nutritional Science, Master of Nutrition.

Gillian is the Chair of the ACT Committee of Management, and also represents Nutrition Australia ACT Division on the National Board of Directors. Gillian is a Senior Nutritionist at Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Gillian represents Nutrition Australia ACT Division on the National Board of Directors.

Sarah Cooper – Secretary

Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Sarah has worked in community, public health and clinical nutrition in the ACT and has an interest in improving nutrition in mental health and disability settings.

Allison Wood – Committee member

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, and Diploma of Nutrition.

Allison is currently undertaking a Masters in Ecological Public Health. Prior to this, Allison worked as a lawyer and senior policy advisor for the Australian government focusing on law reform and complex policy development and implementation within the Attorney-General’s portfolio. Along with Gillian, she also represents Nutrition Australia ACT Division on the National Board of Directors.

Bradley Tarrant – Committee member

Bachelor of Human Nutrition, Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science

Brad has previously worked for ACT Health in the Community Care Nutrition division as the Nutrition Allied Health Assistant, and is currently studying a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Canberra. Brad is fascinated with many areas of nutrition, with a particular interest in chronic disease management, nutrition and brain health, and health promotion.

Elysha Nheu – Committee member

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accredited Practicing Dietitian.

Elysha has worked as a dietitian in various health care settings. Since moving to Canberra, Elysha volunteered with Nutrition Australia ACT and, soon after, joined the ACT Committee of Management. Elysha is currently at the Australia Government Department of Health.

Michelle Minehan – Committee member

Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Nutrition & Dietetics, Graduate Certificate Higher Education, Doctor of Philosophy

Michelle is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Advanced Sports Dietitian with over 25-years experience working in elite sport and education. She currently holds an academic position at the University of Canberra while consulting to various sporting, community and government groups. Michelle has previously worked as a sport dietitian and Manager Clinical Services (Nutrition) at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Julie Priestley – Committee member

Julie has over 40 years’ experience in nutrition and dietetics within hospital, government, private practice, research and community settings in the Canberra and Melbourne regions. Prior to retiring, she worked as a Nutrition and Dietetic clinical educator at the University of Canberra. Julie enjoys attending the gym regularly, bush walking, singing in choirs and has an interest in environmental issues.

Lauren Resnick – Committee member

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Wits University, South Africa), Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition (Chester University, United Kingdom)

Lauren has extensive medical and research knowledge, working as a medical doctor and a clinical research physician for many years. She is currently working at ACT Health as a preventive and population health policy officer. She is passionate about health, nutrition, communication and helping people live healthier lives and regularly participates in voluntary nutrition projects to support healthier communities.

Leanne Elliston – Public Officer

Bachelor of Science, Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Leanne is the Executive Officer of Nutrition Australia ACT Division, and represents the ACT Division on the Nutrition Australia Senior Staff Committee. Leanne has over 20 years experience in community, clinical and public health nutrition. She has a special interest in childhood nutrition and also runs a part-time private practice.

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