Carer Series Maintaining a Healthy Nutritional Intake in the Older Person – Supplements or Food?
CPD Hours / Duration
0.5 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Carer Series Maintaining a Healthy Nutritional Intake in the Older Person – Supplements or Food?

Presenter Jules Aitken, Nurse Education Consultant

Jules Aitken is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner specialising in Diabetes, Chronic Disease and Weight Management.  She attained her Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).   She is also a registered Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) registered with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) gaining her Certificate of Diabetes Management at the University of Technology Sydney.   She has worked within the diabetes, chronic disease and weight loss management field for over 15 years

Working both independently and within specialist clinics, Jules coordinates the care of clients with complex diabetes, chronic conditions and weight loss.  She also provides education and completes assessments within residential aged care facilities, disability and home care.

She has participated in research projects involving chronic disease management, weight loss and diabetes and has presented at nursing, allied health, medical and community events at local, State and National level.  She is a mentor for diabetes educators with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and also provides education and mentorship for student nurses, EENs, RNs and other health professionals within private organisations. 

Jules has worked with local, State and Federal government organizations most notably a Primary Care Network as a member of a working committee establishing health pathways for aged care, diabetes and chronic pain and also as a member of their quality improvement committee.

Course Content

Supplements are used extensively within the residential aged care setting, but is this now becoming a supplement for food?

This webinar for carers and assistants in nursing provides an overview of supplements, their nutritional value and discuss whether supplements or food provide a better nutritional option for the older person.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Gain an understanding of supplements and their nutritional value
  • Gain an understanding of when supplements are an appropriate
  • Understand why the mechanism of eating and the importance of appetite
  • Identify whether food or supplements or both are an appropriate nutritional option