Nutrition and Dietetics

Interested in rural dietetic practice? You can undertake multi-week rural placements within our NSW geographical footprint or go rural for your entire final year in Tamworth, Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour.

In second year, you’ll participate in exciting community placements, such as working with Indigenous communities and schools. In fourth year, there will be opportunities to complete clinical, community, food service and/or independent professional placements. Fourth-year students can nominate for Independent Professional Practice (IPP), an elective course that provides an additional four-week placement in a variety of settings.

Rural placements are such a valuable and unique experience. I’ve built really good friendships with my supervisors and students from other disciplines, and learned how to work in a multidisciplinary team."

Paige, Nutrition and Dietetics

Top reasons nutrition and dietetics students choose rural:

*Students can access free accommodation in Moree or apply for subsidised accommodation at one of other five main locations. Read more about student accommodation in our Student Orientation Manual.

Year-long Rural Immersion Program

Year-long Rural Immersion Program

Nutrition and dietetics students are required to complete multiple placement blocks during their final year. Our year-long option lets University of Newcastle students complete their final year academic coursework and placements while based in Tamworth, Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour. When you’re not on placement, you’ll continue to complete your normal course work from your rural location.

Our students have access to on-site academic support, subsidised accommodation, and interprofessional learning and community engagement activities.

Gain specialised experience

Gain specialised experience

Hone your skills in a specialist area—and gain interprofessional experience too. Alongside the Dietetics Department at Tamworth Hospital, you can work in areas such as diabetes, renal, rehabilitation, healthy eating, and paediatrics. The Department employs a team-teaching approach to clinical dietetic placements, with small groups of two to three students each.

Professional practice placements:

  • 2nd year community placements (local schools, Indigenous communities, various community groups and other health professionals)
  • 4th year clinical, food service and community (community placements could include cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and healthy eating, and renal)
  • 4th year elective: Independent Professional Practice placements (an additional four-week placement in a variety of settings)
Funding support

Funding support

You may be entitled to a scholarship or grant to assist your studies, such as Health Education and Training scholarships or the University of Newcastle’s Betty Josephine Fyffe Rural Health Scholarships. To find out more, talk with your university on application.

How to apply

How to apply

Rural placement block: University of Newcastle students must nominate their desired placement locations through the placement portal, “SONIA”. Each university has its own placement portal. If you are studying at another university, please consult your university for more information.

Year-long program: Email to complete an online expression of interest form, then follow the instructions from the academic.

Once you have your placement (year-long or block), you will need to register with us via our placement portal to access community and accommodation support.

More information

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.