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About the Nutrition Network

The Nutrition Network has two priority streams:

  • nutrition in hospitals
  • home enteral nutrition (HEN).

The Nutrition Network works collaboratively with clinicians, service providers, consumers, industry bodies and other partners to advocate, influence, and facilitate improvements in nutrition care and food standards in NSW health facilities. The network also works to improve the equity of, and access to, HEN services across NSW.

Network structure

The work of the Nutrition Network is guided by co-chairs for each of the two streams.

Nutrition in hospitals co-chairs

Suzanne Kennewell

Suzanne Kennewell

Director, Nutrition and Dietetics
Sydney Local Health District

Sheridan Collins

Sheridan Collins

Senior Dietitian, Nutrition and Dietetics
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Sydney Children’s Hospital Network

Home enteral nutrition co-chairs

Dr Sharon Carey

Dr Sharon Carey

Head of Department, Nutrition and Dietetics
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District

Katherine Fullerton

Katherine Fullerton

HEN Dietitian Coordinator
Hunter New England Local Health District

Why nutrition matters

Nutrition is important, especially when people are unwell

Good nutrition:

  • supports normal growth, development, and ageing
  • supports normal body functioning, including immune function
  • helps to achieve a healthy body weight
  • reduces the risk of developing chronic disease
  • supports healing, recovery and good mental health.

Nutrition in hospitals

When a patient is unwell in a healthcare facility, it is essential that the food and fluid provided to them can meet their nutritional and psychosocial needs and their expectations. This has been demonstrated to enhance patient experience when admitted to health care facilities.

This is particularly important for:

  • infants and children who need consistently adequate nutrition for growth and development
  • older people for whom inadequate intake can contribute to rapid weight and muscle loss.

The nutrition in hospitals stream develops nutrition policy, nutrition standards to be used in menu planning, and diet specifications to support the provision of therapeutic diets. We work closely with our food service delivery partners to achieve nutrition-focussed and patient-centred food services.

Home enteral nutrition

HEN refers to nutrition support given via a feeding tube, in the home environment. HEN patients often have chronic or complex co-morbidities and specialised healthcare requirements. Poorly coordinated care can contribute to unnecessary hospital presentations, prolonged hospital length of stay and poorer quality of life.

The HEN stream develops service models and supporting resources for HEN care for clinicians and consumers.

Join the network

You are welcome to request to be a member of both streams, nutrition in hospitals or HEN, or you may choose the stream that is of greater interest to you. Join Us

Contact the Nutrition Network