National Paediatric Dietetic Training Course

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The DAA Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) and ChildD National Paediatric Dietetic Training Course is the first of its kind in Australia. It is the result of a unique partnership between DAA and ChildD (a small group of leading paediatric dietitians in Australia). The course is specifically designed to educate and upskill participants in the basics and complexities of dietetic management in children. The course not only highlights and identifies the current guidelines and evidence, but also provide the ‘how to’ when managing these patients in every day practice.

The course comprises three independent, progressive modules, each building from the complexity of the previous. The modular format allows flexibility for participants who have differing learning needs. Participants may take a single module or progress through all three.

Learn directly from experts in the field of paediatric nutrition in a dynamic environment of lectures, workshops, case study presentations and informal discussions.

In order to attain the relevant certificate, participants need to complete both the pre and post course work and online assessments, in addition to attending the full schedule for the module. Assessments are in the form of multiple choice quizzes.

Suitable for

  • Dietitians
  • Student dietitians or health professionals
  • GPs and other medical officers with a special interest in paediatrics
  • Module 1 is open to all health professionals
  • Module 2 and 3 to eligible dietitians and doctors

Leave this course with

  • An understanding of basic paediatric nutrition management
  • Comprehensive knowledge of paediatric nutrition management for various disease states
  • Recommendations, guidelines and evidence based literature to add to your toolkit
  • Network of dietitians working in the field of paediatrics
  • CPD hours can be logged if this course aligns with your APD learning goals
  • A Certificate of Attendance or Professinal Certificate for Dietitians attending Module 2 and/or 3.

Modules

There are three independent, progressive modules each building from the complexity of the previous. Each module is 2 days. Participants may take a single module or progress through all three.

module-1-webThis module provides an introduction to paediatric dietetics and gives participants a working knowledge and experience of evidence based practice in the areas of growth, nutrition assessment, infant feeding and common childhood issues such as obesity and faltering growth.

This module is suitable for:

  • Student dietitians or health professionals
  • Dietitians with no or limited paediatric experience
  • GPs and other medical officers with a special interest in paediatrics
  • Child health professionals including nursing and allied health professionals.

CPD Recognition

This module counts towards 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours (14 contact hours and 6 non-contact hours). CPD hours can be logged if this course aligns with your APD Learning Goals.

Delegates attending this course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Growth, nutrition assessment and calculating energy requirements for infants and children
  • Infant feeding – breastfeeding and introduction to solids.

Day 2

  • Obesity management
  • Faltering growth.

Course Format

  • Pre-course requirements will include literature reviews
  • 2 day face to face course (lectures and workshops).

Cost

DAA members $699.00

Non-members $1,200.00

Upcoming courses

Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 September 2017
Venue: TBC
SYDNEY NSW 2000 Australia

To register

Please email learningcentre@daa.asn.au to register your interest.

module-2-webModule 2 offers a very comprehensive and practical course for dietitians and medical staff looking to extend their existing knowledge of paediatric dietetics in the areas of allergy, dystic fibrosis, malnutrition and nutrition support.

This module is suitable for:

  • Dietitians who have completed Module 1 and have limited paediatric or no experience
  • Dietitians who have not completed Module 1 but have paediatric dietetic experience
  • GPs and other medical officers including medical students (would recommend completing Module 1 prior).

CPD Recognition

This module counts towards 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours (14 contact hours and 6 non-contact hours). CPD hours can be logged if this course aligns with your APD Learning Goals.

Dietitians attending this course will receive a Professional Certificate from DAA. All other delegates (including student dietitians) will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Food allergy and other adverse reactions to food
  • Cystic Fibrosis.

Day 2

  • Malnutrition assessment, screening and refeeding syndrome
  • Enteral feeding and introduction of specialised formulas.

Course Format

  • Pre-course requirements will include literature reviews
  • 2 day face to face course (lectures and workshops).

Cost

DAA members $699.00

Non-members $1,200.00

Upcoming courses

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 September 2017
Venue: TBC
SYDNEY NSW 2000 Australia

To register

Please email learningcentre@daa.asn.au to register your interest.

module-3-web2Module 3 offers experienced dietitians and medical officers an opportunity to update and enhance their knowledge base in specialty paediatric areas such as critical care, neonatal nutrition, metabolic medicine, parenteral nutrition and the ketogenic diet. Alternatively, it can offer dietitians aiming to work in a tertiary setting an in-depth theoretical and practical foundation for future clinical work.

This module is suitable for:

  • Dietitians who have completed Modules 1 and 2 and are not working in paediatrics
  • Dietitians who have previous experience in paediatrics and have not completed Module 1 and 2
  • GPs and other medical officers including medical students (would recommend completing Module 1 and 2 prior).

CPD Recognition

This module counts towards 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours (14 contact hours and 6 non-contact hours). CPD hours can be logged if this course aligns with your APD Learning Goals.

Dietitians attending this course will receive a Professional Certificate from DAA. All other delegates (including student dietitians) will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • The Ketogenic Diet
  • Critical Care
  • Metabolic Medicine

Day 2

  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Neonatal Nutrition
  • Management of GI Disorders

Course Format

  • Pre-course requirements will include literature reviews
  • 2 day face to face course (lectures and workshops).

Cost

DAA members $699.00

Non-members $1,200.00

Upcoming courses

Friday 8 – Saturday 9 September 2017
Venue: TBC
SYDNEY NSW 2000 Australia

To register

Please email learningcentre@daa.asn.au to register your interest.

About the Facilitators

photo_robyn-littlewood-webDr Robyn Littlewood has been a paediatric clinical dietitian for over 19 years and currently holds the Director of Dietetics position at a large tertiary hospital in Queensland. Robyn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian as well as a Board Member for the professional association, Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Robyn is also the Co-Chair, Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network and Chair, Queensland Paediatric Obesity Sub Network.

Nationally, Robyn has held several editorial board membership positions in the area of paediatric dietetics and has published over 50 national and international papers in the area of paediatric nutrition and rehabilitation, chronic disease, head injury, malnutrition and obesity.

Robyn holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position with QUT. Robyn has completed both a Masters of Medical Science and PhD in the area of paediatric nutrition and is currently completing an MBA.

Robyn continues to maintain a clinical position in the area of tertiary paediatric obesity within Queensland and has special interests in the area of Paediatric Food Services.

Robyn is also the Director of Child Health in Life and Disease Dietetics (ChildD) and runs a small private clinic in Brisbane.

photo_kathy-beck-webKathy Beck has almost 35 years working as a registered nurse and a dietitian in clinical dietetics, across all types of home and hospital settings, both in Australia and the UK. Kathy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and in the last 9 years has specialised in paediatric clinical dietetics across a diverse range of specialty areas but specifically within paediatric food allergy. Kathy was the lead senior dietitian for the Queensland Paediatric Allergy and Immunology Service (QPIAS) at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has continued in this role at a large tertiary hospital in Queensland. She is the recognised paediatric allergy dietitian across Queensland and lectures in the area of paediatric food allergy to dietetic students.

Kathy commenced a PhD recently researching food allergy in infants and children with eczema. Her passion is supporting families with infants and children living with food allergy to have a better quality of life when attempting to avoid allergens.

Kathy is Deputy Chair of the Dietitian Subcommittee of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunologists and Allergists (ASCIA) which aims to provide up-to-date educational resources for dietitians and families living with food allergy.  Kathy is a member of the Education and Training working group of the National Allergy Strategy, which aims to improve the quality of life for Australian’s living with food allergy.

Kathy, as part of her commitment to supporting children in her work with ChildD, has developed the paediatric dietetic training course together with Robyn and the team.

photo_joanna-munro-webJoanna Munro has been a dietitian for 18 years, with the majority of those spent working in paediatrics. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with international experience (Australia, UK and USA) in community dietetics, industry and hospital and health care.

Joanna worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane for 7 years as a dietitian predominately working in the nutritional management of children with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Joanna was the Dietitian Clinical Educator, Children’s Health Queensland, providing training and upskilling to all other paediatric dietitians across Queensland as well as all Queensland students studying paediatrics. Joanna’s experience and expertise has resulted in a number of publications, presentations and book chapters all supporting the highest quality practice in paediatric dietetics.

Joanna is the Program Manager for ChildD and the coordinator for the paediatric dietetic training course.

photo_catherine-bonifantCatherine Bonifant has been a clinical paediatric dietitian for over 15 years, and in addition to private consultant work, is currently the Clinical Leader of Dietetic Services for Medical services at a large tertiary hospital in Queensland. Catherine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and an active member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Catherine is a recognised leader in the clinical dietetic management of inborn errors of metabolism, and the nutritional management of respiratory disorders, including cystic fibrosis, and has presented at national and international scientific meetings on these areas. Additionally, Catherine has authored book chapters, journal articles and conference abstracts on these topics. Catherine also has a special interest in infant nutrition.

Catherine worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane as a clinical paediatric dietitian for more than 13 years, gaining advanced skills in the nutritional management of a diverse range of paediatric clinical conditions. Catherine also managed her own paediatric private practice based at the Mater Specialist Centre, specialising in infant nutrition.

Catherine has also worked as a consultant dietitian with elite athletes at the Queensland Academy of Sport and with high level sporting teams such as the Brisbane Broncos and the Queensland Reds and has also consulted in the community nutrition setting at Nutrition Australia, managing the Queensland Child Care Advisory Service, and with not for profit organisation Save the Children Fund.

Catherine, as part of her commitment to supporting children in her work with ChildD, has developed the paediatric dietetic training course together with Robyn and the team.

photo_melinda-white-webDr Melinda White has worked as a paediatric dietitian for over 19 years and is the Clinical Consultant in paediatric nutrition at a large tertiary hospital in Queensland where she provides a daily clinical nutrition service to the intensive care unit and consults on clinical paediatric services across Queensland. She has several years of experience in the paediatric clinical areas of oncology, metabolic disorders and infants with expertise in malnutrition prevention. Practicing in these areas has resulted in an expansive knowledge of the provision of parenteral and enteral nutrition support to paediatric patients.

Melinda’s research activities emphasis nutrition related clinically translatable outcomes as demonstrated by her PhD in the area of paediatric critical care nutrition which produced the ‘White’ equation used to predict energy requirements in critically ill children.  Her research in the area of paediatric oncology nutrition identified a relationship between bone marrow transplant outcome and obesity as well as an equation to predict body fat. Recently Melinda’s research direction has been malnutrition prevention and screening where she has led the National Paediatric Nutrition Snapshot Day and multi-centre translational research in paediatric nutrition screening. She has produced the Paediatric Nutrition Screening Tool which has had global uptake. Her research activities have resulted in several successful research grants and international publications in clinical paediatric nutrition and appointment as an Honorary Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre.

Melinda is a content expert consulting for the paediatric dietetic training course as a reviewer and lecturer.

Course Consultants

The following course consultants have provided an independent review of course content, to ensure attendees have access to the latest evidence-based information in paediatric dietetics.

julia_fox_headshot-225x300Julia Fox has been a clinical paediatric dietitian for over 12 years and is currently the Clinical Leader of Dietetic Services for Surgical and Gastroenterology services at a large tertiary hospital in Queensland. Julia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and in addition to her hospital work runs a small private dietetic practice on Brisbane’s Northside.

Julia is a recognised leader in the clinical dietetic management of children with dependence on parenteral nutrition, and the nutritional management of children with complex gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease and liver failure, and has presented at national and international scientific meetings on these areas.  Julia has utilised her skills to advocate for and achieve formal improvements in service delivery, particularly in the area of parenteral nutrition.

Over her 11 years of working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane as a clinical paediatric dietitian, Julia gaining advanced skills in the nutritional management of a diverse range of paediatric clinical conditions. During this time Julia also worked in a state-wide clinical education role where she was responsible for the development of an introduction to paediatric dietetics course.

Julia is a content expert consulting for the paediatric dietetic training course as a reviewer and lecturer.

jacki_walker_headshotDr Jacqueline Walker is a Research Fellow in Nutrition and Exercise at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland.

Jacqueline has been a paediatric clinical dietitian for 8 years, and worked in a variety of settings, including acute care (in major tertiary children’s hospitals), community settings and private practice.

Having completed her PhD in 2012 in the area of paediatric nutrition, Jacqueline has recently returned to full time research, with a major focus on paediatric weight management. As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, one of her current research projects aims to expand and evaluate paediatric multidisciplinary weight management services in Queensland, and investigate and support proposals for ongoing sustainability. Jacqueline’s research interests include the prevention and management of childhood obesity and associated co-morbidities, nutrition and physical activity recommendations across the lifespan, and nutrition for child and adolescent athletes.

Jacqueline is consulting for the paediatric dietetic training course.

kristi_bell_headshot-255x300Dr Kristie Bell is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with over 17 years of clinical dietetic experience at a large tertiary paediatric hospital in Australia and is a senior research fellow with the University of Queensland.

In 2005, she completed her PhD investigating the energy requirements and body composition of children with cerebral palsy with the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.  Kristie has a particular interest and recognised expertise in the area of nutrition for children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities as well as in the nutritional assessment of hospitalised infants and children.  In both 2012 and 2016 she was invited to contribute to international expert panels on the nutritional management of children with cerebral palsy.

Kristie holds a concurrent position as a Senior Research Fellow with the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Within this role, she has been chief investigator of two large National Health and Medical Research Council funded studies into feeding difficulties, diet, physical activity, growth and body composition in children with cerebral palsy.

Kristie has over 30 full papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and numerous presentations at national and international conferences.  She has supervised two PhD students to completion and has two current PhD students.

Kristie is a content expert consulting for the paediatric dietetic training course.