New Nutrition Standards for NSW Mental Health Inpatients
The specific nutrition needs of people receiving inpatient care at NSW mental health facilities will be addressed by a new set of standards developed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), and launched by the Hon. Kevin Humphries, NSW Minister for Mental Health today.
The new Nutrition Standards for Consumers of Inpatient Mental Health Services in NSW provide a comprehensive statewide guide to the development of menus and the preparation of meals within all mental health units and facilities across the state.
Patients will benefit from the new standards which provide advice on the major nutrition issues, such as obesity and chronic disease, commonly encountered by people with mental illness who spend long periods of time in mental health facilities
The standards are consistent with current nutrition and health promotion guidelines and were developed following extensive work by the ACI ’s Nutrition Network. Development and consultation included a team of dietitians, nurses, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, researchers, food service providers, and members of the Official Visitors Program and the NSW Consumer Advisory Group (Mental Health). The ACI also worked closely with HealthShare, the NSW government body responsible for food services across NSW facilities, to develop the standards.
The new standards have been agreed by the Chief Health Officer, the Chief Psychiatrist and the NSW Health Nutrition and Food Committee and will be rolled out in all NSW mental health units and facilities.
Published: 15 October 2013
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