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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.

The adult and paediatric diet specifications have been redeveloped in a printable digital format. These supersede previous PDF versions.

Preoperative oral fluids diets information


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