Dietitians play an integral role in the treatment and management of acute and chronic illness. This unit will allow students to develop knowledge and skills in the managements of conditions, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal diseases, kidney disease, immunological diseases, critical care and neurological conditions. The pathophysiology, medical and surgical management will be explored along with the role of diet. Utilising case studies, scenarios and role plays, and through application of the Nutrition Care Process, students will develop skills in dietetic assessment, the identification and diagnosis of nutritional problems and set goals for the management of these conditions. The identification and treatment of disease related malnutrition, refeeding syndrome and nutrition support practices will also be addressed.

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HHN4002 - Medical Nutritional Therapy 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review and articulate the pathophysiology and clinical management of diseases, wounds and trauma, including the impact of disease related malnutrition;  
  2. Assess and diagnose nutritional problems related to disease and trauma through the application of the nutrition care process (NCP);  
  3. Formulate and justify management goals and strategies for illness, trauma and disease related malnutrition that are integrated with an overall patient care-plan; and  
  4. Articulate and record relevant information for dietetic care planning in relation to illness, trauma and disease related malnutrition.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online test (2) (30mins each) 20%
Presentation Individual case study presentation (5mins) 15%
Report Case study report (2000 words) 30%
Examination OSCE (30mins) (hurdle) 35%

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