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Clinical and Therapeutic Dietetics 1 (18 points)



Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The knowledge areas of the medical treatment domains of clinical dietetics as required by the Dietitians Association of Australia will be taught and practised under supervision in the hospital setting for acute and chronic conditions. The practical experience of nutritional assessment, including biochemical, anthropometric, severe or moderate weight loss, appetite and gastrointestinal function will be placed in the context of underlying medical conditions, and a nutrition care plan formulated, followed and evaluated for outcomes. The acute and ambulatory aspects of the nutritions care will be studied, and the aspects of team management (nursing allied health, medicine, social work) are placed in context with the development of communication skills. The student spends most time in the clinical experimental situation under clinical supervisor supervision. Real time case studies will be discussed in class, co-morbidities examined for prioritisation of nutrition interventions in a problem solving context, and the student incrementally takes more responsibility over the semester for patient care including charting in the medical histories, co-signed by the supervisor. The domains covered in this unit will be the managment and dietetic treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic disease, liver disease, oncology, renal disease, pulmonary disease, neurosciences, nutrition support methodologies, acute surgery, trauma and acute paediatrics.

Assessment: 3 hour examination (40%), major case study (20%), 9 nutrition care plans (20%), pratical assessment (20%), submission of jounral of reflective practice (ungraded).

Contact Hours: 6 hours per week contact

Prerequisites: Completion of Years 1, 2 and 3 of the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

Corequisites: BND4021: Food Service Management

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