Professional Practice and Communication Skills for Dietitians

DET70002 12.5 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 49 Hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


50cp in MA-DIET Master of Dietetics

Aims and objectives

This unit will prepare students for professional practice in dietetics. It will focus on building the foundation for competent practice, including: communication and counselling skills, the nutrition care process, nutrition assessment and nutrition diagnosis and self-reflection. It will also provide students with an understanding of the scope of practice, attitudes, skills and behaviour required of healthcare professionals in relation to patients, the public and fellow professionals as well as the National Competency Standards for Dietitians in Australia.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
  • Document and apply the nutrition care process for individuals, including nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention and monitoring/evaluation as applied to individuals, groups and/or populations.
  • Collect and interpret relevant food and nutrition related history of individuals.
  • Conduct and apply basic anthropometry measurements to known reference ranges.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of commonly used anthropometric, biochemical, clinical and dietary assessment tools.
  • Utilise counselling skills as applied to dietetic case management in both one-on-one and group sessions, and self-reflect on performance.
  • Translate nutrition scientific knowledge and principles in practical information for individuals, the general public and other health professionals.
  • Demonstrate the attitudes, skills and behaviour required of healthcare professionals in relation to patients, the public and fellow professionals.

Courses with unit

Master of Dietetics