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    Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics

    The Department of Nutrition and Food Services at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) 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.  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.


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


    • Unit 2: Monday 13th-Thursday 16th May 2024 - COMPLETED 
      • Unit 1: Monday 16th-Thursday 19th September 2024, and will run in a face-to-face format at RCH. This will only be offered in face-to-face mode to improve participant experience and better enable networking opportunities for participants. It will likely also include a hospital tour and networking drinks one evening.


      • Unit 2: Date will be confirmed end of year, likely May
      • Unit 1: Date will be confirmed end of year, likely September

      Contact hours 

      Two Units will be held in blocks of 4 days (Monday-Thursday). Each unit provides approximately 24 contact hours with additional non-contact hours required to complete assessment tasks.  


      The Unit 2 component will run online in 2024.  The course is intended run live to allow participants to ask questions throughout and participate in workshop-style presentations.

      The Unit 1 component will run onsite at RCH in 2024. Unit 2 2024 will likely be onsite (tbc). 

      Copies of slides will be provided prior to the course start date where possible.

      Our plan ongoing is to alternate the Paediatric Nutrition Couse each year between online and face-to-face formats to accommodate all learning preferences. 


      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 2024: Registrations OPEN Please visit the Royal Children's Hospital Online Learning Platform to register.  

      Please see our 2024 Unit 1 Flyer for further details regarding timetable.

      Registrations close 10 days 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 administrator

      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 non-refundable. 

      Within 24 hours of event  Learners requesting a refund within 24 hours before event start date.  No refund 
      7 days before  Learners requesting a refund up to 7 days before event start date.  50% refund 
      30 days before  Learners requesting a refund up to 30 days before event start date.  Full refund 


      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 1 Topics

      General Paediatrics:

      • Growth and nutritional assessment
      • Breastfeeding and introduction of solids
      • Infant formula - new developments and manipulations to meet altered requirements.
      • Toddler nutrition and fussy eating
      • Workshops on growth and energy requirements from infancy through to adolescents

      Specific Nutrition Problems

      • Common childhood disorders requiring nutritional intervention such as growth faltering and iron deficiency.
      • Management of common infant gastrointestinal disorders: constipation, colic, reflux and gastroenteritis.
      • Feeding difficulties including practical aspects of feeding children with a disability
      • Enteral feeding
      • Dietary management of IgE-mediated allergy

      Community Nutrition Topics

      • Paediatric public health issues e.g. childhood obesity
      • Communicating with children and adolescents
      • NDIS

      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.

      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. 

      • Topics include diabetes, renal disease, oncology, liver disorders, GI disorders, neonates, eating disorders, congenital heart disease, ketogenic diets for epilepsy, parenteral nutrition, intestinal failure, cystic fibrosis, non-IgE mediated food allergy, inborn errors of metabolism and PICU

      Nursing Education Day 2024

      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. 

      Course Information:

      Date: Thursday 25th July 2024

      Time: 8.45am-4.15pm (subject to change)

      Venue: Online via Zoom


      • Infant formula update - comparing the old, the new and the why?
      • Allergy
      • Coeliac disease in children
      • Vegan & vegetarian diets in children

      ...and more!

      Price: $180 + GST

      Registrations now open:


      Dietitian Professional Development Day 2024

      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.

      Course Information:

      Date: Thursday 28th November 2024

      Time: 8.30am-4.30pm (subject to change)

      Venue: Ella Latham Theatre at RCH.

      Price: TBC

      Registration: Registrations are not open yet for this event.

      For queries regarding the above courses please contact