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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Claire Palermo


This unit will provide students with advanced level skills in the
assessment and management of people with malnutrition in a range of health care settings. A range of skills in advanced nutrition assessment will be obtained together with knowledge of current thinking, emerging strategies and evidence based practice in the range of different management strategies for malnutrition. This includes oral, enthral and parenteral nutrition supports and therapeutic diets. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to improve practice in this area through increased skills and knowledge in individualised management and service development for the identification and management of malnutrition and administration of nutrition support.


On completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of disease related malnutrition, key causal pathways, considerations and identify key indicators;
  2. Demonstrate advanced level skills in the nutrition screening and anthropometric and
biochemical assessment of disease related malnutrition.
  1. Describe and demonstrate advanced level evidence based practice in the management of people with disease related malnutrition;
  2. Describe and demonstrate advanced level knowledge and practice in nutrition support strategies including parenteral, enteral and oral nutrition support;
  3. Evaluate current practice and systems for the management of disease related malnutrition and develop strategies and actions for improvement;


Case study with critical analysis (3000 words)(40%)
Nutrition Assessment Practical (1000 words)(20%)
Quality improvement or research activity proposal (2000 words)(40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Claire Palermo

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 x 8 hours lecture/practical residential delivered in block mode + 80
hours of private study (includes pre-reading, research into and preparation of assessment tasks) per semester.