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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):