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    Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics 2021/2022

    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 Dietetics. Evidence of qualifications must be provided.

    Successful completion of Unit 1 is required to proceed to Unit 2.  However, Dietitian's with 3+ years experience in paediatric dietetics may apply to complete Unit 2 only if preferred.


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


    • Unit 2 - Monday 24th May - Thursday 27th May 2021


    • Unit 1 - Monday 13th September - Thursday 16th September 2021 
    • Unit 2 - To be confirmed, likely April-June 2022

    Contact hours 

    Two Units will be held in blocks of 4 days.   Each unit provides about 23 contact hours with additional non-contact hours required to complete pre-reading and assessment tasks.  


    Due to Covid-19 restrictions Unit 2 and Unit 1 for 2021 will be run online.  The venues for units in 2022 will be confirmed at a later date.


    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.


    Application forms are now available here

    Unit 1 & 2 Application form 2021-2022

    Unit 2 only application form 2021

    Please note, the form for 2020-2021 is for Unit 2 only, due to run in May 2021.  The form for 2021-2022 is for Unit 1 to run in September 2021 and Unit 2 likely to run April-June 2022.

    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 2021

    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 nutrition related 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. 


    Date: 19th August 2021

    Venue: Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be run online.

    Nursing Education Day Provisional Program

    Nursing Education Day Registration Form 2021

    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.


    Date: 11th November 2021

    Venue: Please note event will run online due to covid-19 restrictions

    Dietitian Update Registration form 2021

    Further information including program will be made available once confirmed