Nutrition Standards for Adult Inpatients in NSW Hospitals
To define the types and amounts of foods that must be offered to patients on standard hospital menus in NSW.
To provide an evidence-based guide on food and nutrition in hospitals.
These standards are based on evidence of nutrition requirements for people in hospital.
They guide hospitals to plan menus and offer meals that meet people’s needs, whilst also providing people with the opportunity to choose and enjoy the food they eat.
The Standards support the NSW Health policy directive for Nutrition Care (PD2011_78).
Professor Peter Williams developed the Nutrition Standards under the guidance of a multidisciplinary reference group.
The Nutrition Standards contain:
- Nutrient goals: the amount of energy and key nutrients that the standard menu must provide. e.g.: 8000kJ per day, 90g protein per day, 30g of fibre per day.
- Minimum menu choices: the minimum number of food choices and minimum serve sizes for each of the 3-4 main meals and 2-3 mid-size meals per day.
The Nutrition Standards apply to all hospitals in NSW.
- NSW Health Nutrition and Food Committee
- HealthShare NSW
|Central Coast Local Health District||Central Coast Local Health District|
|Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District||Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District|
|Mid North Coast Local Health District||Mid North Coast Local Health District|
|Murrumbidgee Local Health District||Murrumbidgee Local Health District|
|Northern NSW Local Health District||Northern NSW Local Health District|
|Northern Sydney Local Health District||Northern Sydney Local Health District|
|South Eastern Sydney Local Health District||South Eastern Sydney Local Health District|
|South Western Sydney Local Health District||South Western Sydney Local Health District|
|Southern NSW Local Health District||Southern NSW Local Health District|
|St Vincent's Health Network||St Vincent's Health Network|
|Sydney Local Health District||Sydney Local Health District|
|Western NSW Local Health District||Western New South Wales Local Health District|
Western NSW Local Health District
Key Date (location) Pilot Site Implementation Site
The ACI Nutrition Standards and Therapeutic Diet Specifications Reference Group was established to oversee the review and evaluation process. Evaluation includes:
- Compliance of menus to the Standards
- Patient satisfaction
- Feedback from clinicians
- Clinical currency
The Nutrition Standards for Adult Inpatients in NSW Hospitals are available on the ACI website.
Feedback on the Nutrition Standards can be submitted via the ACI website.
Network Manager - Nutrition
02 9464 4635
Director, Primary Care and Chronic Services
02 9464 4603
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