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NTDT5307: Medical Nutrition

This unit of study consists of two components; a lecture program in medical nutrition therapy presented by specialist dietitians and medical doctors and a series of integrated practical workshops, simulation clinics and hospital orientation sessions. Students will learn to apply the knowledge gained from the lecture program combined with the counselling and communication skills and dietary assessment techniques learned in first semester, to the Nutrition Care Process of 1. Assessment, 2. Diagnosis, 3. Intervention, and 4. Monitoring and Evaluation. Students will learn to individualise evidence-based interventions to improve nutrition outcomes in various medical conditions via traditional face-to-face care and a range of telehealth media. The importance of client focused factors in dietary modification (including cultural awareness of peoples from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, strengths-based approaches and respectful communication); education and interpretation of theory for client understanding are key discussion points. Students will be required to complete verification requirements for placement.

Code NTDT5307
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 12
NTDT5503 and NTDT5601 and (NTDT5602 or FMHU5001) and NTDT5604
NTDT5305 and NTDT5608

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop knowledge in the nutrition assessment and management of common medical conditions
  • LO2. develop skills in the collection, analysis and interpretation of health, social and nutritional data to assess nutritional status of individual clients via traditional face-to-face and a range of virtual care and telehealth modes.
  • LO3. develop skills in formulating a nutritional diagnosis and identify priority nutrition issues
  • LO4. prepare evidence-based, goal-oriented interventions in collaboration with clients to manage nutritional diagnoses
  • LO5. apply client-centred nutrition counselling skills to empower clients and facilitate positive health outcomes
  • LO6. apply effective communication, interpersonal skills and cultural awareness through respectful and active listening, interviewing and translating technical information into practical advice, based on the client’s cultural, education, social and economic attributes
  • LO7. develop plans to monitor progress and compliance of nutritional interventions, and evaluate outcomes
  • LO8. evaluate own and peers’ performance through peer learning, including observation and critical reflection
  • LO9. apply and document the NCP using accepted standards and effective oral and written communication skills for hospital and private practice settings in order to commence practicing safely and professionally
  • LO10. demonstrate an understanding of the different roles, responsibilities and expertise of other health professionals

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.