Dietary aides assist dietitians to maintain high standards of nutritional care for patients in hospital settings.
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.
Dietary aides may perform the following tasks:
Dietary aides may be required to undertake rostered weekend work and shiftwork.
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.