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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical disorder in which an imbalance in the brain is created due to genetic, neurological, nutritional and environmental factors, which presents as hyperactivity, restlessness, lack of focus and impulsive behaviour.  


As a Gold Coast paediatric dietitian, in summary, my role is to support children with ADHD to:

  • Improve their nutrition intake for long term health & wellbeing.

  • Manage nutrient deficiencies that may exacerbate symptoms associated with ADHD, which can improve sleep, irritability, attention and learning.

  • Educate families on food chemicals & additives that when removed has been shown to greatly improve symptoms in many children. 

  • Support imbalances of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine which although has a genetic influence, supporting nutrients and gut support can improve hyperactivity and emotional health.

  • Respond better to medication, liaison with your GP and/or paediatrician ensures a safe and effective treatment plan.


It is clear that each child is different, therefore there is not a one size fits all treatment, dietetic support is very individualised to support your child's unique needs. Many children react well to specialised nutrition support, some may only see minor improvements, but it is certainly worth a try. 




Does sugar cause my child's symptoms?

Sugar does not cause ADHD, but can certainly exacerbate symptoms. Cutting back on sugar is always recommended as keeping your child's blood sugar levels in balance is a key factor in keeping the brain and behaviours in balance. 


Do you recommend any biochemical/medical testing?

Yes, there are certain tests I recommend to tell me more about imbalances that can contribute to hyperactivity, impulsive behaviours, neurotransmitter imbalances and so on. This ensures nutrition treatment protocols are individualised to your child.


My child is medicated, will nutrition support still provide benefit?

Of course, as nutrients can support the body to resync, relax and better respond to medication. As an accredited dietitian, I liaise with your GP and/or paediatrician to ensure nutrition therapy is safe and most effective. 


Are nutritional supplements recommended? 

Nutritional supplements can greatly improve symptoms, especially when children's diets are lacking due to fussy eating or poor appetite. As each child's needs are unique, nutrient therapy will be discussed during the consultation. 


I heard food preservatives should be removed from the child's diet, is this correct?

Some children are hypersensitive to food chemicals & additives, which may exacerbate their symptoms. As a dietitian, I can assist in identifying food hypersensitivity and allergies and create simple strategies to remove culprit foods from their diet. 


Click here to book an initial consultation, or click here to discuss therapy further.​ 


Initial consultation: $100 - $140 (1 hour - 1.5 hours)
Review consultation: $75- $100 (45 minutes to 1 hour)

If required, there may be additional fees for further testing & nutritional supplementation.

No referral required but may offset some of the associated fees. 

Telehealth (online) appointments are available. Click here to book an online consultation.


Tiny Tots Paediatrics

John Flynn Private Hospital Specialist Suites 

Suit 602, Level 6 (Tiny Tots Paediatrics)

For alternative appointments, please get in touch.

Nikki Brown-Shepherd

Paediatric Dietitian


Speciality Medical Suites

John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun

0467 645 544

Are there Medicare rebates available for this support?

Yes, if your child has ADHD, ASD or hyperactivity, specialist dietetic care can assist the child and their family, speak to your GP about a referral to a dietitian experienced in this area. Medicare referrals can cover up to 75% of consultation fees. 

Private Health cover:

Private Health helps cover the dietetic services fees without a GP referral. Check with your health insurance company to learn your level of cover. 

We will issue you a receipt which you need to use to claim your eligible rebate back from your chosen insurance.

Please don't hesitate to get in contact for further information. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)