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Dietetics

Dietitians are health professionals with expertise in the prevention and treatment of food and diet-related problems.They are good communicators and enjoy working with clients to achieve positive nutrition outcomes through an evidence-based approach to practice.

Graduates from the Dietetics program in the School of Medical and Health Sciences are qualified to provide advice and nutrition therapy for individuals with a range of chronic and acute medical conditions, and to promote healthy eating behaviour in the community. As Dietitians, they can work in a variety of interesting areas:

  • Hospital dietetics;
  • Private practice, sports nutrition;
  • Childcare centres and nursing homes;
  • Food service institutions;
  • Community wellness programs, public health nutrition;
  • Food industry;
  • Media and communications; and
  • Research and teaching.

ECU has excellent teaching facilities thatcreate a stimulating learning environment. These include:

  • A custom built, fully-equipped kitchen;
  • A dedicated nutrition assessment laboratory;
  • A BOD POD research laboratory; and
  • An ECU Dietetics Clinic.

Work-Ready Experience

One of the unique strengths of the Dietetics program is the strong professional training offered to students; the practical experiences offered to students have a strong focus on developing a criticaland questioning approach to practice. Practicum experiences include a supervised research project conducted at industry sites and intensive professional placements in which students demonstrate their competency in all areas required for dietetic practice, including medical nutrition therapy, community and public health nutrition, and food service delivery. In addition, the interaction with real clients in the Nutrition Clinic delivered at the Joondalup Community Clinical School provides a reflective, supportive environment for students to practice dietetic counselling. Practicums may be undertaken at hospitals and community sites, and may include both metropolitan and rural locations.

Contact

Dietetics, Course Coordinator
Associate Professor Philippa Lyons-Wall

For course specific information, please talk to our Student Recruitment team by calling 134 328 or send an email to futurestudy@ecu.edu.au.


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