Nutrition and Food Services

Nutrition and food education

  • Upcoming events

    Dietitian Professional Development Day 2019

    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.

    When & Where:

    Friday 15th November 2019 

    The Royal Children’s Hospital,   

    50 Flemington Rd, Parkville. Victoria. 3052.

    Click here for registration form

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    Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics 2019

    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 1 - 16-19th September 2019 
    • Unit 2 - 27-30th April 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


    • Unit 1 - September 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
    • Unit 2 - late April/May 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 can be made by completing the application 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 2019

    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. 


    8:30 – 8:50 am Registration

    8:50 – 9:00 am

    Welcome – Dr Heather Gilbertson

    Manager Nutrition and Food Service, Royal Children’s Hospital

    9:00 - 9:40 am

    Allergy update – Dr Vicki McWilliam

    Dietitian, Dept Allergy & Immunology

    9:40 - 10:20 am

    Vegan and vegetarian diets in infants. Kristen Fitzell

    Dietitian, Royal Children’s Hospital

    10:20 – 10:50 am


      Morning tea

    10:50 - 11:30 am

    Sleep issues in Toddlers. A/Prof Brigid Jordan

    Associate Professor Paediatric Social Work, Royal Children’s Hospital

    11:30 - 12:10 pm

    DDH and other musculoskeletal issues. Angela Serong

    Physiotherapist, Royal Children’s Hospital

    12:10 – 12:50 pm

    ASD: One or many spectrums. Charmaine Bernie

    Occupational Therapist & PhD candidate, Royal Children’s Hospital

    12:50 - 1:50pm  



    1:50 - 2:30 pm

    Child Life Therapy. Sophie Karavaras

    Child Life Therapist, Royal Children’s Hospital

    2:30 - 3:10 pm

    Infant formula updateDr Heather Gilbertson

    Manager Nutrition and Food Service, Royal Children’s Hospital

    3:10 – 3:50 pm

    Panel DiscussionFacilitator: Dr Heather Gilbertson.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions arising from earlier presentations.

    4:00 pm


      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. 

      When and where:

      Friday 9th August 2019 

      Ella Latham Auditorium, The Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville. Victoria. 3052.


      Early Bird registration $180 (including GST). Closes Friday 12th July 2019.

      Standard registration $225 (including GST).  After Friday 12th July 2019.

      Registration includes light refreshments for morning tea. NOTE lunch is not included, however there are 13 food & beverage retailers on site.  

      Click here for registration form


      This symposium is presented by the Department of Allied Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital.