Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy and Food Service Management

DET80001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 Hours (Block Mode)

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


DET70003 Medical Nutrition Therapy
Concurrent pre-requisites
DET80003 Professional Practice Placement 1

Aims and objectives

This unit will explore client-centred medical nutrition therapy of complex diseases and multiple comorbidities  through dietary changes and counselling. It will have a strong focus on the management of complex chronic and acute conditions. The second half of this unit will explore issues and principles in the management of food service operations in line with legislation and across various settings.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Collect and interpret nutrition assessment data to determine the nutrition status of individuals with complex acute and chronic medical conditions and multiple comorbidities.
2. Undertake nutrition diagnoses to develop client-centred nutrition management plan/s for complex acute and chronic medical conditions and multiple comorbidities.
3. Apply knowledge of diseases and conditions to the dietetic case management of individuals.
4. Translate scientific nutritional information and principles into practical dietary information for individuals, the
general public and health professionals.
5. Apply behaviour change strategies and formulate food/recipes in line with medical nutrition therapy recommendations.
6. Reflect on own learning and skill development in individual dietetic case management, and develop personal learning goals.
7. Examine the key elements of food service system management and institutional food service preparation and evaluate what is required to provide safe and nutritious food. 

Courses with unit

Master of Dietetics