Contribute to submission on audit of food in aged care

October 18, 2019

The Victorian Government has announced an audit into food available at publicly funded hospitals and aged care facilities. The audit will focus on nutritional value, taste, local sourcing options and reduction of fat and salt content.

The VHA is preparing a submission on issues impacting on aged care residents including issues such as:

  • an acknowledgement of the importance of tasty and nutritious food for enjoyment and healthy weight maintenance
  • the particular issue of loss of appetite in those with dementia, and potential correlations with the ‘weight loss’ mandatory quality indicator
  • what can be done to assist those with loss of appetite with dementia to eat
  • the nutrition requirements in the Aged Care Quality Standards.

The VHA will consult its Aged Care Special Interest Group and is also calling on interested dietitians to take part. To provide input into the VHA submission, email heather.witham@vha.org.au

To read the full government announcement click here