The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation) is a nationally recognised training qualification which teaches you how to implement 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 where you can perform a vital role in health and community sectors, including rehabilitation centres, allied health, health promotion and hospital food service departments.
Gain practical skills
This course also requires a minimum of 120 hours of work placement to be completed under the supervision of a suitably qualified Allied Health Provider who can expose the candidate to planning, developing and evaluating menus for their clients.
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.
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)
In this allied health course, the subjects you may study include:
BSBINN301 - Promote innovation in a team environment
BSBWOR204 - Use business technology
BSBWOR502 - Lead and manage team effectiveness
BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAHA001 - Assist with an allied health program
HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
HLTAHA018 - Assist with planning and evaluating meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
HLTAHA019 - Assist with the monitoring and modification of meals and menus according to individualised plans
HLTAHA020 - Support food services in menu and meal order processing
HLTAHA021 - Assist with screening and implementation of therapeutic diets
HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practices for direct client care
*HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
*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.
Foundation Education is one of the few Registered Training Organisations (RTO) in Australia who endeavour to deliver flexible online training solutions designed to fit our students’ lifestyle. Since 1999, we’ve been focused on providing excellence in Vocational Education and Training and building partnership networks that drives the quality of graduates across each industry, with our partner RTO, the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (AIPT). With more than 30 nationally recognised certificate and diploma level courses on offer, the Foundation Education difference means: Flexible Online Study – Courses that don’t require a practical placement are delivered 100% online so you can study whenever and wherever suits you. This also gives you the flexibility to choose your course length – whether that be the full term of your course or completing your study in as little as six months. Dedicated Student Support – Our industry experienced Subject Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation. You can use them as often or as little as you like either via email or the telephone. Industry Relevant Courses – Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with the job-ready skills and up-to-date knowledge required to support your career goals.
Foundation Education provides a dedicated student support team throughout your studies. Whether it is access to experienced Subject Advisors, Assessors or general Support Officers, we will support you from enrolment right through to graduation. You can use our team as often or as little as you like either via email or the telephone at no extra cost.
Where Will It Lead Me?
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation) (HLT43015) from Foundation Education.
This qualification will enable you to work under the supervision of a qualified Dietitian/Nutritionist to support the care of their clients. Your scope of practice could include:
Apply clinical nutrition/therapeutic diet protocols as delegated
Assist the clinical dietitian with implementation and monitoring of prescribed nutrition care plans, including discharge planning
Assist with nutrition support for patients with, or at risk of malnutrition
Communicate with relevant health service personnel regarding patient therapeutic diet requirements
Facilitate and monitor orders to patient food services, as instructed
Participate in risk screening (malnutrition screening, identify and report factors that place patients at nutritional and hydration risk during their admission, other relevant screening programs)
Curious about where a career in nutrition could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: