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Interested in food and health? This food and nutrition course could be for you

Got an interest in food science, where food comes from or how it fuels the body? Fascinated by nutrition and helping society? Then check out this food and nutrition course

Second-year Australian Catholic University (ACU) student, Alexa Carey, was always keen for a career in healthcare, but switched from nursing to study a food and nutrition course at TAFE during the pandemic lockdowns.

“I deferred from nursing and I thought, oh, I’ll go back in a year’s time,” Alexa says. “But I just loved that course, and I decided about halfway into it that I wanted to do it at uni”

Two years into a Bachelor of Nutrition Science degree at ACU, having completed units in culinary nutrition science and human sciences, and visited Bali for a study tour as part of her coursework, Alexa is on the way to fulfilling her goal to become a dietitian. She lives with Type 1 diabetes and wants to help people in regional Australia make the right food choices.

“I recently did a few trips to Darwin, where there is a lot of diabetes, and it was very eye opening – I realised there was a need for good healthcare and health messaging.

“I’ve always been interested in nutrition because I deal with it in real life every day.”

A food and nutrition course to help you become a dietitian

Here are five exciting careers in dietetics that a Bachelor of Nutrition Science degree, combined with a Master of Dietetic Practice, could lead to. Plus, if you’re in high school, we’ve suggested the electives you can choose to get a taste for this career.

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1. Paediatric dietitian

Work in a hospital or clinic to help children with difficulty eating, identify food intolerances and work with paediatricians in children’s healthcare. 

Choose electives like: Chemistry, Biology, HSIE (Human Society and its Environment Life Skills), CAFS (Community and Family Studies)

2. Public health dietitian

Working with whole communities, as a public health dietitian you promote healthy eating and help develop policies and programs around food access, along with developing preventive health programs that support diabetes education and activities such as supermarket tours and cooking classes.

Choose electives like: Home Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Food Tech, PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education), HSIE 

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3. Sports dietitian

Travel and consult with your fave sports team advising on the best foods to fuel athletes and the best performance eating plan to make gains. 

Choose electives like: PDHPE, Biology, Chemistry, HSIE, Maths, Business Studies

4. Food industry dietitian

Assess the nutritional benefits of new products as they come along (think: kale and acai berries). Work with a team of food-focused professionals to research, develop and design new types of nourishment. 

Choose electives like: Biology, Chemistry, Food Tech, HSIE, Maths, Business Studies, Legal Studies

5. Aged care dietitian

Work for the public in hospitals, aged care facilities and government agencies, planning and assessing menus, and ensuring older people have access to sufficient nutritious food to meet their dietary needs.

Choose electives like: Biology, Maths, English, CAFS, Economics

This post is brought to you in partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU). Check out their nutrition science degree and study options here.

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