VIC ‘ups the anti’ on aged care nutrition

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The VIC government is joining QLD in wading into aged care operations.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos visited St Vincent’s Hospital to confirm the Government’s election commitment to conduct the food audits.

The audit will:

  • Consider the nutritional value and taste of the food they’re serving and how to cater to the diverse needs of modern diets.
  • Look at ways to source food from local Victorian farmers and producers
  • Look to reduce high fat and high salt foods from hospitals and aged care homes, either at the bedside, in hospital-run cafes or vending machines.

The audit will be carried out in close consultation with health experts to ensure that healthy eating gets patients back on their feet and promotes nutrition that prevents chronic diseases, cancers and mental health conditions.

After the audit, all aged care facilities and public hospitals will be required to follow the revised nutrition standards and guidelines.