The University of Newcastle
Department of Rural Health
Department of Rural Health

Nutrition and Dietetics


Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle are able to experience a taste of rural dietetic practice by completing aspects of their professional practice education at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. The availability of nutrition and dietetic coursework in a flexible delivery mode in 4th year allows students to complete their final year academic coursework while based in Tamworth. Students based within the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health will be able to access academic support, textbooks, computers and other resources locally.

Nutrition and dietetics student on placementPlacement Options

Professional Practice Placements

  • 2nd year community placements
  • 4th year clinical, community and food service placements
  • 4th year elective - Independent Professional Practice placements

A range of practical placement options may be experienced across the following sites:

  • Tamworth
  • Armidale
  • Taree
  • Moree
  • Gunnedah
  • Port Macquarie
  • Coffs Harbour

Clinical Placements

Clinical placement opportunities for 4th year nutrition and dietetics students are available at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital (TRRH). The Dietetics Department has a team teaching approach to clinical dietetic placements. The team teaching approach has been developed for the first 5 week clinical placement and it is designed to enhance student learning. Students  workin teams of two to three students to facilitate and enhance their learning. Students have an opportunity to work in specialist areas such as diabetes, renal and paediatrics.

Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital offers a wide range of clinical experiences for students. Dietetics staff provide services to individuals and run group programs for cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and healthy eating. Opportunities exist for students to be involved in specialist dietetic services that are provided, which include renal and diabetes. An outreach dietetic service is also provided to outlying towns on a regular basis.

Community Placements

These placements provide many exciting opportunities to be involved in community based  projects that work closely with local schools, Indigenous communities, various community groups and other health professionals.

Food Service

These placements may involve projects that evaluate food service practices in the health service or community setting.

Independent Professional Practice (IPP)

This elective is available in the 4th year of the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics program at the University of Newcastle. This course offers students an opportunity to experience an additional four week placement in a variety of settings.

Program Contacts

Tamworth & Armidale
Dr Leanne Brown
Phone: + 61 2 6755 3500

Port Macquarie
Dr Susan Heaney
Phone: + 61 2 4985 4920

Coffs Harbour
Ms Lisa Urquhart
Phone: + 61 2 4055 1962