CQ Nutrition

Shop 6
245 Victoria
Berserker QLD 4701

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CQ Nutrition is dedicated to providing a wide range of evidence-based clinical and lifestyle focused nutrition services to the Central Queensland region. As dietitians, we can collect and assess health and nutritional information of both individuals and groups, to provide evidence-based education and counselling that meets the nutritional needs of our clients.

CQ Nutrition

About Us

Chris Hughes
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) (Honors)
Accredited Practising Dietitian/AN

Chris is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. Chris has since worked in regional Queensland working as a Chronic Disease Dietitian for Queensland Health and in private practice managing a broad range of health conditions. Chris's passion for Diabetes has seen him complete his Post-Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and is in the process of becoming credentialed. Chris has also completed the Sports Dietitian's Australia, Sports Nutrition Certificate.

Additionally, Chris has written a book called The Tweaking Diet. The Tweaking Diet is a book aimed at showing people that weight loss is achievable without the need to adopt the latest fad diet.

Chris's passion for dietetics is fueled by his fascination with the effect nutrition has on every cell of the body. Chris enjoys most sports, including rugby league, golf and kayaking.

Rebecca Cubbage
Bachelor of Human Nutrition, Masters of Dietetics
Accredited Practising Dietitian/AN

Rebecca is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. She graduated from the University of Canberra in 2015 with a Bachelor of Human Nutrition and a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics. Rebecca has since worked as a Clinical and Foods Service Dietitian at a Private Hospital in the Australian Capital Territory and in Private Practice in Regional Queensland managing various health conditions and diseases. Rebecca’s strengths revolve around her passion to support, inspire and educate individuals and groups to achieve their health goals and manage or reduce the risk of disease.

Rebecca’s special areas of interest include paediatric nutrition where she is looking to further her knowledge with a post-graduate study.

Rebecca says she is loving the laidback lifestyle and the easy-going nature of the people in the region. She has acclimatised well to the tropical climate in Central Queensland, and has recently reunited with her dog Azzie, is looking forward to the adventures that the region has to offer.

Rachel Vandenberg
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Accredited Practising Dietitian/AN

Rachel is an accredited practising dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Rachel graduated from Griffith University, Gold Coast in 2017 with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. Rachel’s inspiration to become a dietitian stems from her desire to help clients discover how an adequate and balanced diet can help prevent and manage chronic disease and positively influence an individual’s overall health.

Rachel’s main interests include diabetes, heart disease, weight loss/gain and food intolerances. Rachel is a firm believer that dietetic care should be provided with a personalised approach to help clients meet their goals. Away from work, Rachel’s interests include camping, exploring new places, listening to music and the beach.

Hayley Parker
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Accredited Practising Dietitian/AN

Hayley is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. Hayley graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. Hayley grew up in South West Queensland on a farm surrounded by heavy machinery and dryland crops, including wheat, sorghum and chickpeas. Hayley is passionate about all things nutrition. She says she is eager to plant the seed of nutrition and develop strong foundation roots of nutrition knowledge that will nurture her client’s journey to a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys spending time with her two cattle dogs, playing sports, creating recipes, sewing, and riding her motorbike.

Stacey Hughes - Business Manager
Bachelor of Business Management

Stacey graduated from Central Queensland University with a bachelor's degree in Business Managment. Stacey is a long time Central Queensland resident, and currently juggles the busy schedule of managing a growing practice and a young family.

Stacey is passionate about local business and enjoys endurance running when time permits.

Sharnee Pakleppa - Practice Manager

Sharnee is a migrant to Central Queensland, having grown up in Western Australia. Sharnee has work in the Allied Health field for many years and knows what is required to keep a successful practice running.

Sharnee also juggles the rigours of work and caring for a young family.

Sharnee's passion away from work is definitely her love of country music.


At CQ Nutrition we can deliver expert service via medical nutrition therapy, a thorough diet assessment, individualised meal plans, cooking tips, meal suggestions, snack ideas, information on label reading and supermarket shopping. We can also provide helpful tips so you can choose your favourite foods when dining out.

Medicare rebates are available for suitable individuals and some private health insurance companies offer rebates for dietetic consults. Click here for more information about fees and rebates.

Referrals are not necessary for you to make an appointment but for certain situations, they may be helpful for us to understand more about your conditions. If you are unsure, contact us and we can discuss your needs.

Conditions that CQ Nutrition can assist with include

  • Weight loss

  • Diabetes

  • Gout

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • High cholesterol

  • High blood pressure

  • Nutrient deficiencies

  • Eating disorders

  • Food allergies and intolerance

  • Fussy Eating

  • Sports Nutrition

  • Diet Assessment

Our services also include

  • Customized eating plans

  • Aged care nutrition

  • Nutrition assessments

  • Menus for cafés and restaurants

  • Advice for pregnancy

  • Vegetarian Diets

  • Corporate health programs

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