Hospital Nutrition and Dietary Adviser

Closing Date: 04 February 2022

Category: Healthcare & Medical

The Organisation

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) provides secondary to tertiary health care services to the people and visitors of Solomon Islands. The catchment of the hospital is the total population of the country. The NRH function is designated as secondary care with some tertiary health care services. The NRH has 49 departments and units with 5 proposed new subspecialists (ICU, cardiac unit, renal, ENT & dermatology). Whilst most departments are direct patient care, some are for corporate services and non-clinical public health services. The Solomon Islands Government’s overall goal is to meet the minimum standards for Universal Health Coverage in the next decades.

In 2019, the estimated population was 721,000 that is expected to reach 740,934 people in 2020. With around 300 beds available at the NRH, it is estimated to be lower than the national average bed per 1,000 populations of 0.4 and far lower than WHO standard of 5/ 1000 population.  The National Referral Hospital is the major hospital in the country. It admits the largest number of patients around 14,000 per year. It employs about 823 staff, and runs a budget of $28-29 Million, and yet the systems used in management, operations and services delivery are mostly manual and very traditional.

The NRH would like to develop a policy and put in place practices that support good patient outcomes.

The Assignment

A volunteer is being sought to assist the NRH to ensure patients are on healthy diets. The volunteer will support the NRH to review policies that impact of patient diet and nutrition, hospital menu and food practices that impact on health outcomes of patients. The volunteer will also support staff to develop menus that provide children, older adults, and patients with non-communicable diseases with good nutrition. A key aspect of this assignment will be to find ways to build the capacity of food service and nutrition staff.

The volunteer will support capacity building of NRH staff by sharing knowledge of best practice, support in-house training and development, and provide on the job mentoring as appropriate. The volunteer and NRH will have an ongoing relationship with the VSA Programme Manager in terms of assignment monitoring, reporting, professional advice and personal support.

The Volunteer

 Our ideal volunteer will have the following essential requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in human nutrition, dietetics, or equivalent field.
  • At least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Experience with evaluation and screening of the nutritional status of patients in accordance with established protocol.
  • Ability to plan and implement nutrition therapy to patients.
  • Ability to conduct individual and/or group nutrition education and counselling.
  • Experience monitoring and administering nutritional program supplies, facilities, and processes.
  • Ability to create and adapt recipes to ensure optimum nutritional value. Desirable
  • Knowledge of clinical nutrition and practice in hospital or aged-care environment.
  • Experience in different roles in restaurant or other such operation.
  
About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually.

We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA. 

Apply Now!

Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email volunteer@vsa.org.nz.

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time volunteering opportunity in the Solomon Islands
  • Use your Food and Nutrition management experience to make a difference
  • 12-month assignment