Paediatrics

Face-to-Face Courses

National Paediatric Dietetic Training – Paediatric Nutrition for Life 

2021 date and location coming soon! 

This intermediate level course 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.

Audience: Dietitians with no or limited paediatric experience and student dietitians.

National Paediatric Dietetic Training – Paediatric Nutrition for Disease

2021 date and location coming soon!

This intermediate level course offers a very comprehensive and practical course for dietitians looking to extend their existing knowledge of paediatric dietetics in the areas of complex food allergy, gastrointestinal diseases and eating disorders.

Audience: Dietitians with paediatric dietetic experience or Dietitians with limited /no paediatric experience who have completed Paediatric Nutrition for Life.

National Paediatric Dietetic Training – Introduction to Advanced Paediatric Nutrition Areas

2021 date and location coming soon!

This advanced level course offers an opportunity to update and enhance knowledge base in specialty paediatric areas such as the ketogenic diet, metabolic medicine, parenteral nutrition, and advanced gastroenterology and hepatology.

Audience: Dietitians with 5+ years experience in paediatric nutrition or Dietitians with have limited /no paediatric experience who have completed Paediatric Nutrition for Life and Paediatric Nutrition for Disease.

Course Information

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

Growth, nutrition assessment and calculating energy requirements for infants and children

  • Describe the growth pattern of a typically developing infant and child.
  • Describe the factors affecting growth.
  • Use best practice techniques and tools for weighing and measuring infants and children.
  • Assess and interpret growth measurements (eg weight, height/length, BMI) using appropriate reference data (CDC/WHO growth charts or other evidence-based growth charts).
  • Assess and interpret other measurements using appropriate reference data (eg midarm muscle circumference) to estimate body composition.
  • Estimate energy requirements using appropriate equations and standards for healthy infants, children and adolescents.
  • Identify the appropriate fluid, macro and micronutrient requirements for healthy infants, children and adolescents.
  • Assess and interpret the dietary intake of infants, children and adolescents for nutritional adequacy.

Infant Feeding – breastfeeding & introduction of solids

  • Understand the advantages and barriers to successful breastfeeding.
  • Understand the differences between the composition of breast milk and infant formula.
  • Evaluate infant feeding patterns and trends
  • Determine adequacy of intake for infants.
  • Understand the key elements of safe storage of expressed breast milk.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the current guidelines for the introduction of solids and the reason for recent changes.

Faltering growth

  • Identify an infant/child with faltering growth and its potential causes and consequences.
  • Calculate ‘catch up’ requirements and understand when they are necessary.
  • Understand age appropriate dietary recommendations to meet requirements including food fortification and concentrating formulas.

Obesity management

  • Understand the current trends nationally, statewide and locally for paediatric obesity.
  • Identify the current barriers and evidence regarding paediatric obesity service development.
  • Understand key messaging to families addressing the obesity issue.
  • Identify and choose the appropriate tools for measurement, assessment and definition for overweight and obesity in infants and paediatrics.
  • Understand the current literature relevant to paediatric obesity and contributing factors with particular focus on infant feeding.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the current clinical guidelines supporting paediatric obesity treatment.
  • Understand what a systems approach to evidence-based obesity treatment looks like.
  • Recognise when referral for medical or multidisciplinary management of weight is warranted, the components of the treatment and expected outcomes (as demonstrated through a case study).

Management of complex food allergies

  • Describe the nutrition assessment of infants, children and adolescents with food allergies.
  • Understand the management of both IgE- and non-IgE- mediated food allergy.
  • Identify the challenges in meeting nutrient requirements for children with restricted diets and list practical foods substitutions.
  • Demonstrate key principles of allergy assessment including an allergy focused diet history.
  • Plan an adequate diet for a young person with multiple food allergies.

Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Understand the diagnosis of coeliac disease and the common nutritional deficiencies associated with the condition.
  • Understand the differences between primary and secondary lactose and other disaccharide intolerances.
  • Understand the causes of childhood constipation and the medical and nutritional treatment approaches.
  • Understand the medical and nutritional management of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Calculate micro and macro requirements of a child with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Accurately prescribe exclusive enteral nutrition for a child with Crohn’s disease.

Eating Disorders

General eating disorder knowledge

  • Acquire a working knowledge of the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders.
  • Understand the risk factors that contribute to the development of eating disorder.
  • Understand the physical, psychological and social impacts of an eating disorder.
  • Describe prevalence rates.

Assessment

  • Understand how to complete a biopsychosocial assessment that integrates assessment of eating disorder symptoms.
  • Conduct screening of food and nutrition-related history.
  • Identify the type, frequency, duration and triggers of eating disorder behaviours.
  • Assess height, weight and rate of any weight changes.
  • Understand and identify risk and comorbid presentations.

Intervention and recovery

  • Identify the current evidence base treatments for each eating disorder diagnosis.
  • Understand the role and significance of a multidisciplinary team in treatment.
  • Know how & when to implement risk and medical management plans.
  • Know of care levels and when to refer.

Professional practice

  • Understand the importance of supervision as required by the DA.
  • Understand the importance of continuing professional development.

Ketogenic diet

  • Describe the ketogenic diet and how it works.
  • Be aware of the efficacy of the diet, and to whom it benefits.
  • Describe the classical ketogenic diet and its components.
  • Plan for a classical ketogenic diet, including dietary calculations, recipe development, as well as the admission process.
  • Describe the modified ketogenic diet and its components.
  • Plan for a modified ketogenic diet, and know its advantages.
  • Describe the side effects of the ketogenic diet.
  • Be familiar with ongoing monitoring and trouble shooting of the ketogenic diet.
  • Give appropriate advice on managing low and high ketones, hypoglycemia and illness when on the ketogenic diet.
  • Devise appropriate meal and snack choices for paediatric patients on both forms of the diet.

Metabolic medicine

  • Understand the processes of cellular metabolism, and to understand inborn errors of metabolism and how they are inherited.
  • Be familiar with the overarching principles of the nutritional management of inborn errors of metabolism.
  • Understand hyperammonaemia and its consequences.
  • Describe common inborn errors of metabolism, understand the goals of nutrition management of these disorders, and the monitoring required.
  • Accurately count grams of dietary protein.
  • Plan a low protein diet.
  • Prescribe appropriate protein substitutes.
  • Understand the purpose of unwell regimens in inborn errors of metabolism, to know how to plan them and when to initiate them.

Parenteral nutrition (PN)

  • Identify indications and contraindications for PN in children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical access requirements to administer PN.
  • Know the safe upper and lower limits of fluid, protein, fat, glucose administration for the infant/paediatric cohort.
  • Establish micronutrients requirements including electrolytes, trace elements, vitamins and minerals.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective practice in initiating PN.