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Dietary Aide

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Minimum Age 18+

Also known as Nutrition Assistant.

Dietary aides assist dietitians to maintain high standards of nutritional care for patients in hospital settings.

Dietary aides may be required to undertake rostered weekend work and shiftwork.


    Dietary aides may perform the following tasks:

  • discuss the dietary needs of patients with healthcare professionals
  • interview patients to discuss food preferences
  • assist with the planning of menus for patients
  • ensure food is hygienically and correctly prepared and well presented
  • maintain diet records
  • assist with the implementation of a nutrition care plan in consultation with dietitians
  • assist with training staff to prepare and serve meals for patients with particular diets
  • use computers for data entry and retrieval


  • good communication skills
  • enjoy working with people
  • good organisational skills

Interest Area

Medical Influencing/Personal Contact Helping/Community Service


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Minimum Age 28+

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 VOC qualification in nutrition and dietetic assistance, 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 Nutrition and Dietetic Assistance, Catering Operations or Allied Health Assistance.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Students must be 18 years of age or older if undertaking modules that involve the service of alcohol.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Health or Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within these industries.

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