Medical Nutritional Therapy 3

    Unit code: HHN6002 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    HHN6001 - Medical Nutritional Therapy 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Dietitians work with clients in a number of specialised populations. These include, but are not limited to, neonatal and paediatric clients, elderly clients, military and sports professionals. Within these groups individual nutritional counselling and group education may be utilised to illicit change in dietary intakes for medical or performance related outcomes. This unit will explore some of the specific nutritional challenges presenting in these groups. Students will develop skills in specialised aspects of assessment and management of disease and trauma within these groups as well as an insight to the additional challenges and opportunities that they present.

    Case studies and scenarios will allow the students to undertake enquiry-based learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Critically review and articulate the pathophysiology and clinical management of disease and illness in specific client groups;
    2. Assess and diagnose nutritional problems related to disease and illness in specific client groups through the application of the nutrition care process (NCP);
    3. Formulate and justify management goals and strategies for disease and illness in specific client groups, that are integrated with an overall patient care-plan; and
    4. Articulate and record relevant information for dietetic care planning in relation to disease and illness, for specific client groups.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 45%
    Case study reports (3) (1000 words each)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 15%
    Individual case study presentation (5mins)
    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 40%
    OSCE (30mins) (hurdle)

    Required reading

    No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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