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Aspirational competency expectations for public health nutritionists in Australia: a consensus study

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Aim: To assess consensus among public health nutrition (PHN) workforce development stakeholders on the

    competencies required for effective PHN practice in the Australian workforce context.

    Methods: A modified Delphi study involving two iterative survey rounds among an expert panel of 33 Australian

    PHN workforce development stakeholders. Surveys tested panellist ratings (essential, useful, irrelevant) of a listing

    of 143 competency elements derived from the literature and existing competency standards, across two survey

    rounds, with feedback between rounds. An arbitrary consensus cut-off of 67% was applied with <10% change

    between rounds or 100% agreement interpreted as agreement stability.

    Results: A total of 109 competency elements from the total list of 143 were rated as essential above the consensus

    cut-off, representing 76% of the original list. Thirty-three (33) elements were rated as essential by 100% of panellists.

    Approximately 90% or more of the competency elements tested were retained using the 67% cut-off across nutrition

    science, nutrition communication, professional communication, capacity building and intervention management

    competency units. Competency elements rated as essential beyond the consensus cut-off concentrated in the

    practice competency units of nutrition assessment, monitoring and surveillance, capacity building, and intervention

    management.

    Conclusions: The results provide an empirical basis for future nutrition curriculum renewal and workforce

    development innovations and challenge the assumption that existing dietetic workforce preparation based on

    meeting entry-level competencies is adequate for community and PHN practice.

Authors


  •   Hughes, Roger (external author)
  •   Begley, Andrea (external author)
  •   Yeatman, Heather

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Hughes, R., Begley, A. & Yeatman, H. (2015). Aspirational competency expectations for public health nutritionists in Australia: a consensus study. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72 (2), 122-131.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84931008491

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1701

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 122

End Page


  • 131

Volume


  • 72

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Aim: To assess consensus among public health nutrition (PHN) workforce development stakeholders on the

    competencies required for effective PHN practice in the Australian workforce context.

    Methods: A modified Delphi study involving two iterative survey rounds among an expert panel of 33 Australian

    PHN workforce development stakeholders. Surveys tested panellist ratings (essential, useful, irrelevant) of a listing

    of 143 competency elements derived from the literature and existing competency standards, across two survey

    rounds, with feedback between rounds. An arbitrary consensus cut-off of 67% was applied with <10% change

    between rounds or 100% agreement interpreted as agreement stability.

    Results: A total of 109 competency elements from the total list of 143 were rated as essential above the consensus

    cut-off, representing 76% of the original list. Thirty-three (33) elements were rated as essential by 100% of panellists.

    Approximately 90% or more of the competency elements tested were retained using the 67% cut-off across nutrition

    science, nutrition communication, professional communication, capacity building and intervention management

    competency units. Competency elements rated as essential beyond the consensus cut-off concentrated in the

    practice competency units of nutrition assessment, monitoring and surveillance, capacity building, and intervention

    management.

    Conclusions: The results provide an empirical basis for future nutrition curriculum renewal and workforce

    development innovations and challenge the assumption that existing dietetic workforce preparation based on

    meeting entry-level competencies is adequate for community and PHN practice.

Authors


  •   Hughes, Roger (external author)
  •   Begley, Andrea (external author)
  •   Yeatman, Heather

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Hughes, R., Begley, A. & Yeatman, H. (2015). Aspirational competency expectations for public health nutritionists in Australia: a consensus study. Nutrition and Dietetics, 72 (2), 122-131.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84931008491

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1701

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 122

End Page


  • 131

Volume


  • 72

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia