National Paediatric Dietetic Training Course
2020 course dates and location coming soon!
This course is specifically designed to educate and upskill participants in the basics and complexities of dietetic management in children. It highlights and identifies the current guidelines and evidence, and also provides 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.
The course 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
- 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)
- 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)
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.
Paediatric Nutrition for Life
Module one 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.
- Growth, nutrition assessment and calculating energy requirements for infants and children
- Obesity Management
- Infant feeding – breastfeeding and introduction to solids
- Faltering growth
Paediatric Nutrition for Disease
Module 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, cystic fibrosis, malnutrition and nutrition support.
- Management of complex food allergies
- Malnutrition assessment, screening and refeeding syndrome
- Nutrition assessment of children with disabilities
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Nutrition support, enteral feeding and specialised formulas
Introduction to Advanced Paediatric Nutrition Areas
Module 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.
- The Ketogenic diet
- Metabolic medicine
- Parenteral nutrition
- Management of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
Leave this course with:
- An understanding of basic paediatric nutrition management from Module 1
- Comprehensive knowledge of paediatric nutrition management for various disease states from Modules 2 & 3
- Recommendations, guidelines and evidence based literature to add to your toolkit
- Network of dietitians working in the field of paediatrics
- 20 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per module. APDs can enter this under ‘Professional Education’ when course content aligns with APD learning goals (and remember to tick the ‘Professional Competence’ box in your CPD entry as well if the course has developed your skills, knowledge and expertise related to your area of practice – and that’s our goal!)
- A Certificate of Attendance, or Professional Certificate for Dietitians attending Module 2 and/or 3. 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.
- Other Health Professionals – please contact your relevant association to determine if this course meets your professional development recognition requirements.
This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.
This workshop is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 20 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.
Meet the presenters
Associate Professor Robyn Littlewood has been a paediatric clinical dietitian for over 20 years and currently holds the Director Health Services Research and Conjoint Associate Professor of Nutrition position for the University of Queensland. She previously held Director of Dietetics position at a large tertiary hospital in Queensland for over 10 years. 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. Robyn has completed both a Masters of Medical Science and PhD in the area of paediatric nutrition, Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, and is currently completing an MBA.
Robyn continues to maintain a clinical position in the area of tertiary paediatric obesity and leads the Paediatric Obesity clinical and research agenda.
Robyn is also the Director of Child Health in Life and Disease Dietetics (ChildD) and runs a small private clinic in Brisbane.
Kathy 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.
Joanna 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.
Catherine 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.
Dr Jacqueline Walker
Dr 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.
Ayala Rogany has been a clinical paediatric dietitian for over 12 years, and is currently the Clinical Leader of Paediatric Obesity services in Queensland. Ayala is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, and throughout her professional career has provided upskilling, mentoring and education for student and new graduate dietitians, including university lectures to a number of dietetics courses within South East Queensland in the areas of paediatric nutrition and leadership.
Ayala is currently working at a major tertiary children’s hospital and has experience in a number of paediatric clinical areas including oncology, palliative care, paediatric intensive care, general outpatients, rehabilitation and more recently on an inpatient acute baby ward. In addition to clinical work, Ayala also provides statewide leadership in the area of Paediatric Obesity and other statewide projects include Home Enteral Nutrition and electronic medical records.
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 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.
Dr Kristie Bell
Dr 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.
Early Bird registration –
DAA member $699.00 per module
Non-member $999.00 per module
Standard registration –
DAA member $960.00 per module
Non-member $1,200.00 per module
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