How to become a Dietary Aide

Dietary aides assist dietitians to maintain high standards of nutritional care for patients in hospital settings.

Personal requirements of a Dietary Aide

  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Good organisational skills

Education & Training for a Dietary Aide

You can work as a dietary aide without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in catering operations or allied health assistance. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a dietary aide through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Catering Operations or Allied Health Assistance. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Dietary Aide

Dietary aides may perform the following tasks:

  • discuss the dietary needs of patients with healthcare professionals
  • interview patients to discuss food preferences
  • assist with the planning of menus for patients
  • ensure food is hygienically and correctly prepared and well presented
  • maintain diet records
  • assist with the implementation of a nutrition care plan in consultation with dietitians
  • assist with training staff to prepare and serve meals for patients with particular diets
  • use computers for data entry and retrieval.

Working conditions for a Dietary Aide

Dietary aides may be required to undertake rostered weekend work and shiftwork.

Employment Opportunities for a Dietary Aide

Dietary aides are employed in public and private hospitals, as well as in larger nursing homes. Demand depends on the general level of funding within the health system.

Additional Information
Students must be 18 years of age or older if undertaking modules that involve the service of alcohol.
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