The BHUDRH facilitates a community dietetics placement that allows students to explore working with Aged Care and /or Disability clients. These populations have higher rates of chronic disease and other health issues, but often have lower accessibility to Allied Health Services.
Students will be working in a group of 2-4 students to either do a needs analysis, implementation or evaluation of a community program for one of these populations.
The group will work autonomously and as a team, with guidance from the Discipline Supervisor.
Previous placements have worked with local Aged Care providers, Southern Cross Care and disability services, and Life without Barriers.
Types of student projects:
- Health promotion program around key nutrients deficient in Aged Care residents diets (fibre, protein and fluid)
- Creating a resource that helped the disability service work with residents to choose healthier food options
- Create an education package for staff of a disability respite centre around healthy eating.
Below: FWLHD Dietitian Tracy Herlihy and FWLHD Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn with final year UoW dietetic students implementing the NSW Health 'Healthy Food and Drink' framework to the health service Kiosk.
If you would like to find out more about a dietetics placement in the Far West Region (Broken Hill), please contact your university lecturer or the BHUDRH Education Support Officer, Rachel Lysaght.