Nutrition and Dietetics

Supervision and placement


Benefits of clinical supervision


The clinical supervision experience can be rewarding on many levels for the clinical educator. It can however contribute to a practitioners workload and subsequent stress levels. Self-care and self-preservation should therefore be front of mind in all health professionals, especially those working in specialised areas as often Dietitians do.

The DAA suggests that personally participating in clinical supervision and mentoring can be strategies a practitioner can use to mitigate the risks associated with being a health professional.

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Supervision terms of reference


According to the DAA, establishing a supervision agreement between educator/supervisor and student can great assist the supervision experience. The Supervision Terms of Reference contains valuable categories which the supervisor and supervisee may choose to considered when establishing the framework of a placement.


Professional Supervision for Dietitians - NZ Guidelines


The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and clarity around professional supervision concepts so that they can be implemented as a component of dietetic practice in NZ but also have relevance in the Australian context.. This guideline is intended for dietitians in all domains and settings of dietetic practice (clinical in-patient, out-patient or community, food service management, public health, industry, education, and in leadership or management roles) and applies equally to those who are employed or in private practice.

Link to the Professional Supervision Guidelines


Placement resources


Competency assessment


Monash University, in partnership with the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the Dietitians Association of Australia (funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching) has produced resource to assess competencies as part of the project  titled 'Professional competence standards, learning outcomes and assessment: Designing a valid strategy for nutrition and dietetics'.

The aim of the competency assessment resource is to develop the skills of academics and educators/supervisors involved in assessment of nutrition and dietetics students.

The learning objectives include:

  • discuss the principles of assessment for quality teaching and learning in nutrition and dietetics
  • distinguish between competency-based and performance-based assessment
  • explain the components of best practice assessment methods for the health professions
  • critically reflect on current approaches to assessment design and delivery and provide a framework for the evaluation of existing practices

Link to the Competency Assessment in Nutrition and Dietetics.


National Clinical Supervision Support Framework


'The quality of clinical supervision is the key influence on the quality of the clinical placement and,ultimately, on the calibre of the health practitioner.' (National Clinical Supervision Support Framework, July 2011)

This Framework document has been developed by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) to guide and support clinical education and training activity in the health sector. 

Link to the National Clinical Supervision Support Framework.