The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) has reviewed the Nutrition Standards (revised Standards) to support the provision of tasty, nutritious food that meets the clinical and cultural needs of patients in NSW Health facilities. Nutrition Standards are the interface between nutrition as part of clinical care and operationalisation of food delivery. They are used by food service providers including HealthShare to guide menu design and food service delivery planning.
The revised Standards will replace the existing Nutrition Standards for Adults, Paediatrics and consumers of inpatient mental health services that were published in 2011 and 2013.
The revised Standards have been drafted by an expert committee made up of clinicians, food service dietitians, clinical nutrition and dietetic managers and representatives from HealthShare. They incorporate feedback from formative consultation conducted with clinicians, food service providers, food industry and consumers, and are evidence informed. They outline guiding principles, nutrient goals, and minimum choices that should be provided when designing menus for NSW Health facilities. They also define minimum serve sizes and provide tips and guidance to design menus for existing and future food service delivery models that meet patient requirements.
Please review the following documents:
We are seeking your assistance to gain feedback from relevant stakeholders including clinical staff, food service providers, consumers, and food industry. The deadline for comments is COB March 3, 2023.
Contact Kim Crawley, Nutrition Network Manager at ACI-NutritionNetwork@health.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions.