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Nutrition Standards and Diet Specifications

The Nutrition standards for adult inpatients in NSW hospitals (2011), the Nutrition standards for consumers of inpatient mental health services in NSW (2013) and the Nutrition Standards for paediatric inpatients (2011) define the basic food and nutrition needs of adult and paediatric inpatients and are used as the basis of menu design. Separate detailed guidelines called diet specifications are needed by Dietitians and food service providers to facilitate the development of menus for patients, especially those with higher or special nutritional needs. Diet specifications give guidance about the type and quantities of suitable foods for adult inpatients needing a range of therapeutic diets.

Nutrition Standards

Revised Individual Diets

Allergy diets

Diets for diabetes

Energy diets

Fibre-modified diets

Fluid diets

General diets

Mineral / electrolyte diets

Post-procedure diets

Protein diets

Drug Interactions Diets

Texture modified diets

Test Diets

Diet Specifications for Paediatric Inpatients

Previous versions of specifications (for reference only, not current)

Reference Group

Terms of Reference, Nov 2017 The new TOR have been endorsed by the Reference Group and our NIHC Co-chair.


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View the presentations from the launch of the Nutrition Standards, December 2011.

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