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About the Nutrition Network

The Nutrition Network aims to improve nutrition care and food standards in NSW hospitals and to improve equity and access to Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) services across NSW.

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Our People

Nutrition in Hospitals

Suzanne Kennewell

Suzanne Kennewell, Chair
Director, Nutrition and Dietetics
Sydney Local Health District

Nigel Lyons

Nigel Lyons, Co-Chair
ACI Chief Executive

Home Enteral Nutrition

Janet Bell

Janet Bell, Co-Chair
Head of Department, Nutrition and Dietetics
St George and Sutherland Hospitals and Health Services
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Kelli Ward

Kelli Ward, Co-Chair
Manager, Nutrition Services
Central Coast Local Health District

The Network has more than 300 members and includes 250 clinicians as well as consumers and representatives from the NSW  Ministry of Health, local health districts, specialty network governed health corporations, Health Education and Training Institute (formerly Clinical Education and Training Institute), Health Support Services and Aging Disability and Home Care.

Priorities

  • To develop a Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) model of care and a HEN register to improve HEN services, provide clinical governance and monitor trends in HEN.
  • To develop statewide standards for the insertion, replacement and care of gastrostomy feeding tubes, in collaboration with the ACI Gastroenterology Network.
  • To develop a set of core competencies for gastrostomy care to address the lack of education and training of health care assistance and health professionals.
  • To develop a toolkit to assist facilities within LHDs implement the NSW Health Nutrition Care policy directive.
  • To investigate, and if required, help address, the need for nutrition standards for inpatient groups with specific nutritional needs such as those in mental health inpatient facilities and spinal rehabilitation units.

Achievements

  • Development of an evidence-based nutrition care policy and nutrition standards to guide the provision of food and nutrition in hospitals, including the NSW Health Nutrition care policy, Nutrition Standards for Adults, Therapeutic Diet Specifications for Adults, Nutrition Standards for Paediatrics and Therapeutic Diet Specifications for Paediatrics.
  • Facilitation of the national working group, which developed a mainstream nutrition criterion in EQuIP 5.
  • Facilitated the establishment of an enteral feeding contract that allows Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) consumers and carers to purchase formula and equipment at NSW state contract prices – improving access and affordability of essential supplies for consumers and their families.
  • Updated the Guidelines for HEN Services based on the best available evidence to help health professionals in managing HEN consumers.
  • Development of consumer resources on HEN in six community languages which complement the My Health Record.
  • The Network, in collaboration with the ACI Gastroenterology Network, has developed a manual to provide guidance on the administration of parenteral nutrition which can have significant infection risks and complications associated with intravenous therapy.

Background

The ACI Nutrition Network is building on the work of the former Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Network, established by the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (GMCT) in 2004.

The ACI Nutrition Network now consists of the HEN Network and the Nutrition in Hospitals Group which was established in 2009.