Health workers, career-changers, those returning to the workforce and others with a passion for food and nutrition now have the opportunity to build a career and great prospects in their chosen field.
Providing broad-based health knowledge as well as specialist skills in nutrition and dietetics, this self-paced online course is the ideal foundation for working as a skilled assistant to a nutritionist or other health professional. Meal and menu planning, nutrition education support and case management are just a few of the valuable skills that you will learn.
Featuring the flexibility and student support that is Open Colleges' hallmark, this online course has been developed by a leading accredited practising dietitian and gives you the added benefit of Nutrition Australia membership. In 18 months or less you could gain a nationally recognised qualification and be ready to pursue a variety of roles in allied health, nutrition or dietetics. Alternatively, you may choose to build your career with further qualifications in nutrition, allied health or nursing.
Enrol in this course and you'll receive FREE membership to Nutrition Australia, the peak industry body for the nutrition and dietetics industry in Australia. You'll receive regular newsletters and 10% off all Nutrition Australia publications, as well as access to networking and volunteering opportunities with other nutrition professionals and organisations. Open Colleges is the only education provider in the country to be an official partner of Nutrition Australia.
Partnership with ICM Training
Open Colleges, Australia's leading distance education provider, has partnered with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (National Provider Number 90197) to promote and provide access to the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance HLT42512 , which is delivered through online education and supported by work placement activity.
Potential career outcomes:
- Nutrition assistant
- Dietetic assistant
- Allied health assistant
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Course fees from
- $81.25 per week
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
Short-answer questions, case studies, research reports, activities and projects, logbook, portfolio, interviews
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
- Associated With
Study Period 1 - Nutrition: Orientation to the Allied Health Sector
- HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health
- HLTAH301C Assist with an allied health program
- HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
- BSBMED301B Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- HLTFA311A Apply first aid*
* Please note a certified copy of a current Senior First Aid, Workplace Level 2 or Level 2 qualification is required for this unit.
Study Period 2 - Nutrition: Principles of Practice
- HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
- HLTCSD305D Assist with client movement
- HLTCSD201D Maintain high standard of client service
- HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
- HLTNA301D Provide assistance to nutrition and dietetic services
Study Period 3 - Nutrition: Client Service Delivery
- HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices
- HLTNA305D Support food services in menu and meal order processing
- HLTNA302D Plan and evaluate meals and menus to meet recommended dietary guidelines
- HLTNA303D Plan and modify meals and menus according to nutrition care plans
- HLTNA304D Plan meals and menus to meet cultural and religious needs
Study Period 4 - Nutrition: Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisations
- HLTAH415C Assist with the pre-screening of dietary requirements and special diets
- HLTAH420C Support the provision of basic nutrition advice/education
- HLTAH409C Conduct group sessions for individual outcomes
- HLTCR403B Support community access and participation
- HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
Study Period 5 - Nutrition: Organisation Requirements
- HLTHIR402D Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry
- HLTIN403C Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures
- HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements
- HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
Study Period 6 - Nutrition: Client Support
Select 4 of the following 7 electives:
- CHCCM401D Undertake case management
- CHCICS302B Participate in the implementation of individualised plans
- CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour
- HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour
- HLTCOM301C Provide specific information to clients
- HLTRAH301C Undertake visits to remote communities
- CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability
- Study Period 1 - Nutrition: Orientation to the Allied Health Sector
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your Enrolment Form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
English language requirements
Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- Broadband Internet Connection
- 2GB of Ram
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader X or equivalent
Specific requirements for Windows users:
- Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or Higher
Specific requirements for Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to a printer and scanner.
You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
As part of this course you are required to undertake 160 hours of Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) in an appropriate workplace, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will need to secure your own Work Placement; however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team. Additionally, we provide an Assessment Centre in Newcastle where students can undertake SWL and complete their assessment activities. Please note that the centre operates on a scheduled intake basis and fees apply.
Open Colleges also has a student placement agreement with Department of Health, WA whereby students can approach Western Australia Health Services to undertake their Structured Workplace Learning.
There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please click here for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.
To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on the top right of this page.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement involve providing direct personal assistance such as assisting with client movement or first aid.
First Aid Certificate: You will need to provide a certified and current Senior First Aid Certificate, Workplace Level 2 or Level 2 qualification from a Registered Training Organisation to demonstrate competency for HLTFA311A Apply first aid, at your own cost.
Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Periods 1, 2 and 3 have been released and are available. The subsequent Study Periods for this course will be available for release on the following dates:
- Study Period 4: July 2013
- Study Period 5: August 2013
- Study Period 6: September 2013
Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance HLT42512 may go on to further studies in areas such as other allied health specialisations or nursing.
Deborah is a Registered Nurse with 13 years’ experience in different clinical settings; including infection control, intensive care, medical wards, surgical wards, aged care and primary health nursing. Deborah has also been an Occupational Health and Safety Officer for several years and a Workplace Trainer and Assessor in the health sector. In her spare time she enjoys playing guitar, travelling, writing short stories and spending time with her family.
Leah is qualified in health science – nutrition and dietetics, and a professional member of Dietitians Association of Australia, owner of a busy nutrition clinic and passionate about the promotion of good nutrition. She also tutors in nutrition, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmocognosy, and is a student clinic supervisor and an assessment panel member for Herbal Medicine. Leah is also the author of "Ditch the Weight Gain Your Life".
Matt has experience as a small business owner across several industries including education, sports science and allied health. Working in these sectors has given him the opportunity to combine both his professional and personal passions for health. Aside from teaching at TAFE, Matt was also involved in the design and implementation of a unique High School PDHPE program where students participated in activities in sports science laboratories and fitness centres.
Your 12-month complimentary Nutrition Australia membership comes with numerous benefits, including:
- Bi-monthly newsletter and state-specific communications
- Access to members' web forum
- 10% discount on all Nutrition Australia publications
- Discounted entry to Nutrition Australia seminars and events
- Updates on research developments, issues and government initiatives in food, nutrition and health
Access to Nutrition Week Kit to support healthy food choices and activities.
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