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HLT43015

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation)

Support allied health professionals in providing accurate nutrition advice as a Nutrition and Dietetics Assistant

Build a rewarding career helping improve the well-being of others through good nutrition 

The nutrition and dietetics industry offers a variety of opportunities for those looking to help people understand the relationship between food and health, and make appropriate dietary choices to maintain good health and prevent and treat illnesses and diseases.

According to the Job Outlook website published by the Australian government, employment for Dieticians grew rapidly over the past five years at a rate of 68.9%*, and looking forward to November 2020, is expected to continue growing. The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation) will provide the foundation knowledge you need to enter the allied health industry and succeed in a future in nutrition and dietetics.

This health care course is a nationally recognised training qualification which teaches you how to conduct health care program activities, confirm a patient’s physical health status, interpret and apply medical terminology and follow safe work practices for direct client care. The elective nutrition and dietetics specialisation course units have been developed to teach you how to evaluate menus, meet individualised plans and monitor and implement therapeutic diets.

A qualification in Cert IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation) opens up employment opportunities across the healthcare and well-being sectors.  You can apply for positions as an Allied Health Assistant, Nutrition and Dietetics Assistant or Therapy Assistant. As a Nutrition and Dietetics Assistant, you perform a vital role in health and community sectors, including rehabilitation centres, allied health, health promotion and hospital food service departments. 

During your studies, you will also take on practical work placement with a qualified allied health professional. This hands-on experience, combined with online theory, ensures you graduate with a solid understanding of the allied health industry, and how to assist effectively and contribute to the health and wellbeing of clients.

If you’re looking to begin your studies in allied health, check out the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.

Source: Joboutlook.gov.au  

 

This is a Nationally Recognised course.

Eligibility Requirements

Education
You will need to have completed year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Residency Status
You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

Computer Requirements

In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

Computer:       Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points

Internet:          High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable

                        (Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)

Windows :       Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above

             Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome

MAC :              Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later

                        Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome

Software:         Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

Qualification

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation)

Delivery

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement available

Length

Up to 12 months

Study Load

Submit 1 unit of competency every 1.5 weeks to graduate in 12 months, plus 120 hours of practical placement

Cost

Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Course Outcomes

Once you’ve completed your Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation), you’ll be able to work in a range of health and well-being sectors. Positions you choose to work in may include:

Allied Health Assistant

Nutrition and Dietetics Assistant

Provide input into patient disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment in conjunction with Nutritionists or Dieticians. 

Delivery Options and Length

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement

Online, via My eCampus, combined with 120 hours of work placement with an allied health professional sourced by the student.

Up to: 12 months

Cost & Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and on-going support from our Education Team.

Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.

Instalment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.

Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement

Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Course Structure & Prerequisites

BSBINN301

Promote innovation in a team environment
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to be an effective and proactive member of an innovative team. It applies to individuals who play a proactive role in demonstrating, encouraging or supporting innovation in a team environment. The individual may be a team participant or a team leader. Teams may be formal or informal and may comprise a range of personnel.

BSBWOR204

Use business technology
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and use computer software and organise electronic information and data. It applies to individuals who apply a limited range of practical skills with a fundamental knowledge of equipment use and the organisation of data in a defined context, under direct supervision or with limited individual responsibility.

BSBWOR502

Lead and manage team effectiveness
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation. It applies to individuals working at a managerial level who facilitate work teams and build a positive culture within their work teams. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures requiring the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem solving and decision making strategies.

BSBMED301

Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.

CHCCOM005

Communicate and work in health or community services
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers. This unit applies to a range of health and community service contexts where workers may communicate face-to-face, in writing or using digital media and work with limited responsibility under direct or indirect supervision.

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

CHCLEG003

Manage legal and ethical compliance
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, before developing and monitoring policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities.

HLTAAP001

Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body. This unit applies to any worker who needs to use and interpret information that includes references to client anatomy and physiology.

HLTAHA001

Assist with an allied health program
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide basic assistance to an allied health professional. This unit applies to allied health assistants working in a health or community context. Depending on the setting, work may include following treatment plans for therapeutic interventions and/or conducting programs under the regular (direct, indirect or remote) supervision of an allied health professional.

HLTAAP002

Confirm physical health status
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about a client's health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

HLTAHA018

Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to modify meals and menus to meet the nutrition requirements of specific client groups and monitor this against the individualised plans. This unit applies to allied health assistants and should be performed under the direction and supervision (direct, indirect or remote) of a dietitian. Individuals will take responsibility for their own outputs and may participate in work teams. A range of well developed skills and some discretion and judgement is required of workers.

HLTAHA019

Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement meal order systems, distribute and process general and therapeutic menus and meal orders, distribute food and monitor client satisfaction.

HLTAHA020

Support food services in menu and meal order processing
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess nutritional requirements of clients and participate in the implementation of therapeutic diets. This unit applies to allied health assistants and should be performed under the direction and supervision (direct, indirect or remote) of a dietitian. Individuals will take responsibility for their own outputs and may participate in work teams. A range of well developed skills and some discretion and judgement is required of workers.

HLTAHA021

Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess nutritional requirements of clients and participate in the implementation of therapeutic diets. This unit applies to allied health assistants and should be performed under the direction and supervision (direct, indirect or remote) of a dietitian. Individuals will take responsibility for their own outputs and may participate in work teams. A range of well developed skills and some discretion and judgement is required of workers.

HLTWHS002

Follow safe work practices for direct client care
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members. This unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, in both centre-based and home-based service provision.

* HLTAID003

Provide first aid
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. *This course contains a core unit, HLTAID003 Provide first aid, which must be completed through an external RTO. Foundation Education has an agreement in place with Red Cross Australia (RTOID 3605) which allows students to receive training for this unit at a reduced price. Red Cross Australia is a third party training provider who conduct training and assessment services on behalf of Foundation Education. Please note that the cost of this external training is not included in any of your course fees. Upon completion, you will need to submit a copy of your first aid certificate in order for us to process a Credit Transfer against this unit on your student record. If you have chosen your own third party provider, you must submit a certified copy of your certificate. If you have undertaken training with Red Cross Australia, you must forward Foundation Education the email you receive which contains the electronic copy of your certificate.

There are no formal entry requirements; however, it is recommended that individuals have some industry knowledge, experience and/or qualifications (ie. a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance) to assist with its completion. These may have been obtained through formal and informal training, work experience or life experience.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience

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Flexible Online Study

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Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with job-ready skills.

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