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    Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics 2020/2021

    The Department of Nutrition and Food Services at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne began a Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics in 1997. This highly regarded course is exclusively for qualified dietitians, with the course content targeted to meet the training needs and learning outcomes for Paediatric Dietitians. 

    Entry criteria

    University entry criteria apply. Candidates must hold a graduate or post graduate qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics. Evidence of qualifications must be provided.

    Successful completion of Unit 1 is required to proceed to Unit 2.  


    The course will run within a financial year i.e. July - June. 


    • Unit 2 - 1st-4th June 2020 - CANCELLED


    • Unit 1 - 16th-19th November 2020
    • Unit 2 - June 2021 (dates to be confirmed)

    Contact hours 

    Two Units will be held in blocks of 3.5 days.   Each unit provides 23 contact hours with additional non-contact hours required to complete pre-reading and assessment tasks. 

    A unique opportunity for a guided hospital tour on the final day of Unit 1 will also be provided.


    The Royal Children's Hospital
    Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052


    Assessment for both Units is by written examination and a written assignment to be completed following each of the Units.  The case based assignment will link a literature search with the practical aspects of the implementation of nutrition care 
    Both the exam and assignment must be passed to obtain a certificate of completion.

    Handing in written work: The course coordinator should receive assignments before 5pm on the due date (as specified for each Unit).  Penalties will result for assignments handed in after this time. 
    For written assignments, participants are expected to confine themselves to the set word limit.  Written work that exceeds the limit may be penalised.

    Participants must attend at least 80% of lectures and pass the exam and written assignments to receive Certification.

    NB:  Completion of Unit 1 and 2 does not render participants experienced, paediatric dietitians. Within the realms of the two Units, it is only possible to provide the theoretical background on which future practice can be based.  Following the course, it is the responsibility of each participant to keep their knowledge regarding paediatric nutrition updated.


    Applications for the 2020/21 course are now being accepted.

    Click here for the application and payment form.

    Course Information:

    Unit 1 Nutrition and Child Health 

    On successful completion of this unit participants will:

    • Be competent in assessment of nutritional status, growth and nutritional requirements of infants, children and adolescents.
    • Understand the aetiology of common nutrition-related diseases, which have their origins in childhood.
    • Be competent to provide the nutritional requirements of infants, children and adolescents across common nutrition related disorders. 
    • Understand and apply current research findings to the care of paediatric patients.

    Unit 2: Clinical Paediatric Dietetics

    On successful completion of this unit participants will:

    • Be competent in the nutritional and dietary assessment of infants, children and adolescents with a range of acute and chronic diseases.
    • Have a detailed understanding of nutritional management and dietary therapy in children with acute and chronic diseases.
    • Be able to plan, implement and evaluate nutritional interventions, including dietary manipulation and artificial nutrition support measures.
    • Understand and apply current research findings to the care of paediatric patients.

    Further details on course outline and content can be found here.

    Nursing Education Day 2020

    Nurses play a key role in monitoring children’s growth and development and supporting families.  With so many areas to address keeping up to date and ensuring practice is evidence based can be challenging.  This symposium provides a unique opportunity to update knowledge on a range of topics in a one day program.

    Who should attend?
    Maternal and Child Health Nurses – including students or those wishing to increase knowledge and skills, Community Nurses and Allied Health Professionals with an interest in early child nutrition, health and development.


    Dietitian Professional Development Day 2020

    Opportunities for updating and maintaining skills in the area of paediatric nutrition are limited. This professional development day provides an update across a range of topics of interest to both community and clinical dietitians.

    Who should attend?
    Dietitians working in clinical, community or private practice settings seeking to develop or update skills in providing nutrition services for children and adolescents.
    The program is suitable for dietitians looking for an update after completing the Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics at The Royal Children’s Hospital as well as those with an interest in paediatric nutrition.