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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.
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. It is not possible to complete Unit 2 prior to Unit 1. However, Dietitians with 3+ years experience in paediatric dietetics may apply to complete Unit 2 only.
course will run within a financial year i.e. July
Two Units will be held in blocks of 4 days. Each unit provides approximately 23 contact hours with additional non-contact hours
required to complete assessment tasks.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions the course will run online. The course is run live to allow participants to ask questions throughout and participate in workshop-style presentations.
Recordings will be available for participants for one week only post course. Copies of slides will be provided where possible.
Assessment for both units is by a written online examination (multiple choice questions and short answer questions) to be completed following each of the units.
Participants pass the examination to receive a certificate of completion.
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.
In order to register you will need to create an account on the RCH online learning platform, please follow the instructions once you have clicked on the below link.
Unit 1 2023: Registrations are not yet open. Registrations will open early 2023. Please visit the Royal Children's Hospital Online Learning Platform. The timetable will not be released until closer to the event however please see below for the Unit 1 topics.
Unit 2 2023: Registrations are open for Unit 2 2023. Please visit the Royal Children's Hospital Online Learning Platform to register. The timetable will not be released until closer to the event once speakers are confirmed however please see below for Unit 2 topics.
Registrations close 1 week prior to the event.
$950 per unit (excluding GST)
As per the Royal Children's Hospital Online Learning Platform:
a) Requests for
refunds must be made in writing and should be emailed to the course
b) The below
table outlines when learners can request a refund and the % refund. Please
note the 1.5% card-processing fee included in the course fee is
On successful completion of this unit participants will:
Unit 1 Topics
Specific Nutrition Problems
Community Nutrition Topics
Unit 2 Topics:
Unit 2 focuses on clinical conditions common in paediatrics. Lectures and workshops are disease specific and include an overview of the condition, nutritional assessment, estimating nutritional requirements and management.
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.
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: 24th November 2022
Due to Covid-19 restrictions the course will run online via Zoom.
Program and registration details please see The Royal Children's Hospital Learning Platform
A copy of the provisional program can also be found here
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 paediatric nutrition-related
topics in a one-day program.
Who should attend?General Practitioners seeking to develop or update skills in providing
nutrition services for children and adolescents.
Date: Please note this day has been postponed due to the COVID pandemic - new date to be confirmed.
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