The Department of Nutrition and Food Services at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne began a Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics in 1997. This highly regarded course is exclusively for qualified dietitians, with the course content targeted to meet the training needs and learning outcomes for Paediatric Dietitians.

Come and do the paediatric dietetics course that everyone talks about!


In 2024, we are thrilled to offer our course face-to-face again- commencing with Unit 1 in September. Our face-to-face course allows for unique learning opportunities with like-minded dietitians in both lecture and workshop formats.

Doing the course in-person allows for interaction with other paediatric dietitians, best practice discussions, hands-on workshops, and small group learning. We also include social events with the RCH Dietitians and the opportunity to come and see our lovely hospital.

Our course is a highly desirable addition to any resume! Entry criteria candidates must hold a graduate or post graduate qualification in Dietetics. Evidence of qualifications must be provided.

Monday 16th -Thursday 19th September 2024, and will run in a face-to-face format at RCH. This will only be offered face-to-face this year.

Course hours 8.45am – 4.00pm daily. Note some days will have slightly altered hours.

Approximately 24 contact hours with additional non-contact hours required to complete an assessment task.

Assessment is by a written online examination (multiple choice questions and short answer questions) to be completed following the unit. Participants must pass the examination to receive a certificate of completion.


Unit 1 Nutrition and Child Health Objectives

On successful completion of this unit participants will:

  • Be competent in assessment of nutritional status, growth and nutritional requirements of infants, children and adolescents.
  • Understand the aetiology of common nutrition-related diseases, which have their origins in childhood.
  • Be competent to provide the nutritional requirements of infants, children and adolescents across common nutrition related disorders.
  • Understand and apply current research findings to the care of paediatric patients.


Course Overview

Day 1

  • Lecture & Workshop – Growth Assessment.
  • Lecture – Paediatric Malnutrition: Screening Tools
  • Lecture – Gastrointestinal Issues for Children
  • Lecture- Breastfeeding Lecture – Introducing Solids
  • Lecture – Toddler Nutrition

Day 2

  • Lecture – Infant Formula
  • Lecture – Nutritional Requirements for Children
  • Lecture – Weight Management for Children and Adolescents
  • Lecture & Workshop – Paediatric Enteral Feeding
  • Lecture – Medical Management of Paediatric Food Allergy

Day 3

  • Workshop – Formula Manipulation
  • Lecture & Workshop – Management of Faltering Growth
  • Lecture – Communication & Nutrition Issues for Adolescents
  • Lecture – Nutrition for Children with a Disability

Day 4

  • Lecture – Nutritional Management of IgE Food Allergy
  • Lecture – Iron Deficiency: Management & Biochem Interpretation
  • Lecture – Vegan & Vegetarian Diets for Young Children
  • Lecture – Feeding the Neurodivergent Child
  • Workshops (select 1) – Tube Feeding: When to Start & Stop OR Toddler Feeding Issues
  • Open Forum – Dietitian Q&A Panel


Order of content subject to change pending speaker availability.


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