Nutrition Support Program

1 day course $425.00 (Currently FULLY funded)

This program includes competency HLTAHA023 Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education

Food and nutrition are basic necessities of life. Research has shown that the foods we eat will have a huge impact on our health and longevity. A diet that is healthy and rich in fruits and vegetables can prevent many age related diseases. A diet which is not nutrient dense will be a major risk factor for many life threatening chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Ischaemic heart disease, stroke and chronic obstructive lung disease have remained as the leading causes of death in the world over the past decade.

Nutrition Support Program

The Nutrition Support Program is designed to provide skills and knowledge for a range of health professionals and others working within Indigenous Health to provide detailed information and advice in relation to nutrition and dietary management.

On the successful completion of the program, participants should have the ability to organise appropriate resources for dietary education and assist with the provision of basic and scripted dietary and nutrition information for the client.

Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate strategies to monitor a clients response to the information and education and comply with the instructions of the Dietitian and  be aware of protocols for client documentation.

Having a good knowledge and understanding of the principles of nutritional requirements and the body systems, students can recognise how human behaviour and cultural factors may influence our diets.

This program is based on the accredited unit of competency HLTAHA023 Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Nutrition Support Program would normally cost $400.00 per student, but at the moment, fully funded registrations are available.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?

    12 CPD Hours.

    For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 12 CPD Hours.

    For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

  • Who is funding these Programs?

    The federal Department of Health is currently funding the delivery of 60 Nutrition Support Programs over the next financial year, through to July 2017. The cost for your registration is being fully funded by the Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Support Project.

  • Can I book my own course?

    Yes. We have funding available to deliver courses for groups of between 12 to 16 students. If you have a group of more than 12 students, you can contact us directly and we can try and assist you with a program.

  • Who can attend the course?

    The course is designed to be delivered to a broad range of health professionals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Registered and Enrolled Nurses, GP Registrars and General Practitioners.

  • How long does the program take?

    The course is delivered in a one (1) day lecture and workshop.

  • What do I receive at the completion of the program?

    At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for the Otitis Media and Aural Health Care Program.

    A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). 

  • Will I need to do a test?

    Yes. As a nationally accredited program, we are required to gain evidence of your competency. During your workshop you will be provided with a printed copy of the theory assessment that needs to be completed and returned to The Benchmarque Group.

  • How do you gain evidence of competency?

    We assess competency in 2 ways.

    1. During the one (1) day lecture and workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
    2. You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.

  • How long does the assessment take?

    If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your workshop, it should take you no more than 4 hours to complete.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.

  • What happens if I fail?

    If you do not achieve a result deemed to be satisfactory, we will contact you directly and provide you with the opportunity to submit additional evidence.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment?

    If you are unable to complete your assessment you can contact us and we may be able to assist you.

  • Am I required to provide feedback?

    Yes. At the start and finish of your workshop, you will be asked to provide feedback. It is very important that you assist us by completing these feedback sheets to enable us to improve our courses and future delivery of our programs.


Course Outline

The Nutrition Support program has been designed to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to provide dietary advice and education in a clinical setting in conjunction with a dietician General Practitioner and other health professionals. This course has been designed to provide the student with the opportunity to gain or consolidate knowledge and skills regarding nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of the program, participants should have:
• The ability to organise appropriate resources for dietary education and assist with the provision of basic and scripted dietary and nutrition information for the client.
• Be able to demonstrate appropriate strategies to monitor a client’s response to the information and education and comply with the instructions of the Dietitian.
• Knowledge on how to use appropriate materials and equipment and follow procedures to
provide nutrition information and be aware of protocols for client documentation.

Units of Competency

• HLTAHA023 - Support the provision of basic nutrition advice and education

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Allied Health Worker
• Nutritionist
• Dietician
• Personal Trainer
• Indigenous Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker
• Other

Pre Reading

Upon registration, students are provided with recommended and further reading related to nutrition. Information within the pre-reading offers an overview of various aspects of nutrition which are discussed during the face to face workshop.

Course Delivery

• One (1) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Estimated hours of study

25 hours of active learning

Assessment Requirements

Competency will be assessed on:
• Course assessment questions (a pass mark of 80% is required)
• Providing two (2) completed Client Education Session templates and three
(3) BMI and Waist Measurement templates with a completed Observers Declaration.
The online assessment activities do not need to be completed until after you have attended the one (1) day workshop.

What to expect

The study day involves lectures and practical workshop activities around sugar salt and good and bad oils related to good nutrition, group discussion and small group workshop activities are a key component of the day the focus of the course is on healthy eating not weight loss

What to bring

All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.


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