NUT401 Management of Nutrition Care (8)

This subject integrates all aspects of clinical nutrition studied in Year 3, including the concept of critical appraisal of scientific literature, by applying this knowledge and evidence based practice to complex dietetic cases and patient with comorbidites. Current issues of relevance to the dietetics profession such as the role of the professional body (DAA) and the associated Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) program, ensuring safe and professional practice and cultural competance.This subject provides students with a theoretical basis to prepare them to undertake clinical placements and demonstrate entry level dietetic competency in the subsequent subject NUT421. There is no practicum component associated with this subject.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) students only
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics ( Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to:
  • simulate the management of complex dietetic cases, where the patient/client has more than one illness simultaneously, including neurological disorders, physical disabilities and childhood obesity
  • identify opportunities to collaborate with other professionals/organisations to improve nutrition outcomes
  • acknowledge the different ways that different people may contribute to or enhance a team .
  • evaluate the uses of information technology in nutrition and dietetic practice
  • formulate a clear understanding of the nature of a practice problem
  • apply an evidencebased approach to practice
  • critically review the literature
  • apply evaluation findings into practice
  • evaluate practice on an ongoing basis
  • apply clinical reasoning theory
  • develop and maintain a credible professional role by commitment to excellence of practice
  • understand and demonstrate safe practice
  • understand drug nutrient interaction
  • demonstrate cultural awareness


This subject will cover the following topics:

- the role of the dietitian in clinical settings (incorporating the role of the professional body/APD program)
- critical appraisal of scientific evidence underpinning evidenced based nutritional practice
- managing complex dietetic cases with patients with comorbidity and / or chronicity - standardised dietetic  language and medical terminology for dietetic practice
 - multidisciplinary management of patients with complex and / or chronic needs
- reading and interpreting medical notes
- client management in the clinical and community setting, record keeping and client confidentiality
- clinical reasoning, professional judgement and decison making
- legal and ethical issues for dietitians in the context of current health care, client rights, professional responsibility and liability
- managing drug-nutrient interactions in at risk patients


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.