Australian Dietitian Case Study

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An important aspect of inter-professional practice is working with other professionals to achieve a positive outcome for their patients. To achieve this, emerging professionals such as dietitians need a clear understanding of their profession in terms of their roles, responsibilities and skills within their inter-professional practice team. Knowing and understanding the roles, responsibilities and skills of other health professionals dietitians may come in contact with such as speech pathologists and occupational therapists can establish a dietitians understanding of how to function in an interdisciplinary team and can also contribute to a positive patient outcome. An understanding of how health professionals function in inter-professional …show more content…
These standards form nine units of the three main competencies; Foundation Competencies, Core Competencies and Critical Competencies of the required knowledge, skills and attitudes of a qualified dietitian. The Foundation competencies include underlying knowledge for safe practice, applying research principles and management principles to practice and demonstrating professionalism, ethics, encouragement and leadership as a dietitian. The core competencies feature effective listening and communication skills on nutrition information and providing advice, education as well as professional opinions to clients. Another core competency is the collection, analysis, organization and assessment of health and nutrition related data of client or population groups. The critical practice competency describes managing client centred care and food services for safe and nutritious food and formulating, applying and assessing healthy eating programs for groups or populations with a team (Dietitians Association of Australia, …show more content…
Communication skills allow for the efficient exchange of information through mediums, required by speech pathologists to convey information to their clients or team members accurately and affectively in respect to their client’s ability to understand and to listen and develop the client’s confidence. Critical thinking skills enable speech pathologists to analyse and evaluate issues to make informed decisions such as tailoring their clients individual needs to overcome problems and to create their clients treatment plan (Willis et al., 2012; Speech Pathology Australia,

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