A taste for a dietitian’s life

Over the past five weeks, third-year Murdoch University nutrition student Max Romaine has been learning the ropes of hospital-based dietitian through an Allied Health Assistant internship at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital.

9 Aug 2022

Allied health caregivers and students 

The opportunity was organised through CareerTrackers, a national organisation that supports pre-professional Indigenous university students and links them with employers to participate in paid, internships. 

 “Prior to this internship, I had never worked in a hospital setting. Given many dietitian roles are based in hospitals, this exposure has been an invaluable learning opportunity and will help to shape my career pathway when I graduate,” Max said.

 “I feel very privileged to be here at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital – it has been a really supportive environment with many opportunities for hands-on experience.”

“Over the past five weeks, I have learnt how to screen patients for nutrition, structure initial patient consults and collaborate with other allied health professionals and doctors to ensure patients receive holistic, multi-disciplinary care.”

“CareerTrackers provide incredible opportunities through semester breaks for Aboriginal students. Throughout the process, students are supported by advisers who provide guidance and mentorship.”

St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Senior Dietitian Amy Ekins said Max is the first allied health intern to work at the hospital through CareerTrackers. 

“It is a fantastic opportunity for Max and also provides growth opportunities for our allied health professionals who are keen to foster their supervision skills,” Amy said. 

“The most rewarding aspect has been watching Max’s confidence and skills grow – he has a clear passion and is a natural fit for dietetics. I can’t wait to see where he ends up when he finishes his degree.”

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