Medical Nutritional Therapy Placement

    Unit code: HHN7001 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    336 credits of study within the Bachelor of Nutritional Science/ Masters of Dietetics OR 96 credits of student within the Masters of Dietetics.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    To meet the accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and their accrediting body the Australian Dietetic Council (ADC), students are required to complete a minimum of 100 days professional practice placement. This unit will consist of 50 days, providing individual medical nutritional therapy in acute and ambulatory settings to enable exposure to a variety of clinical conditions affecting different body systems. In addition to these days students will be required to attend orientation and presentation sessions.

    This unit is designed to provide students with practical placement learning in the nutritional assessment, diagnosis, treatment and review of patients across a wide variety of morbidities. Students will consolidate knowledge and skills in relation to patient care, record keeping, communication and team working within the frameworks of the National Dietetics Competency Standards, the Dietetics Statement of Ethical Practice and the Dietetic Code of Conduct.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Exemplify the consolidation of dietetics knowledge and experience to support effective dietetics practice in line with the National Dietetic Competency Standard, the Dietetic Statement of Ethics and the Dietetic Code of Conduct requirements;
    2. Gather and evaluate evidence and information from a wide range of sources and draw reasoned conclusions or reach sustainable judgements for dietetic diagnosis with service users;
    3. Apply clinical reasoning and evidence based practice to plan, monitor and change dietetic treatment according to the needs of service users;
    4. Practice safely and effectively as an autonomous professional within a multi-professional team;
    5. Use a range of communication and interpersonal skills effectively to establish working relationship within teams and with the service users; and
    6. Reflect on practice and demonstrate reflection in action.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Professional Practice Placement assessment of competency in relevant domain elements of the National Dietetic Competency Standards
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Portfolio of learning, demonstrating attainment of relevant competencies (4500 words)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Presentation of a dietetic case study (15mins)
    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Reflective learning summary (500 words)

    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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