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Nutrition Standards and Diet Specifications

In NSW Health nutrition care for people in hospital is underpinned by three key elements: policy, standards and diet specifications.

Nutrition care policy

The Nutrition care policy directive - PD2017_041 (PDF 641 KB) provides the framework for a strategic and coordinated approach to nutrition care for admitted patients, including weight and height or length assessment, from admission to transfer of care.

Nutrition standards

Create menus that are suitable for patients in NSW Health facilities, using these elements: overarching principles, nutrient targets and patients choices.

The standards include nutrition goal and patient choice standards for both adults and children. They are supplemented by foundational and support resources.

Nutrition standards

Diet specifications

Use this range of therapeutic diets to provide the type and quantities of suitable foods for inpatients.

Preoperative oral fluids diets information


Email to provide feedback on the nutrition standards or diet specifications.