Dietitians highlight the importance of communication to provide nourishing and culturally appropriate foods in residential aged care. New research presented today at the Dietitians Association of Australia 36th National Conference uncovers how engaging both staff and Elders was key to optimising the food served to Indigenous Elders, living at a residential aged care home.
Final year Latrobe University dietetic students undertook a review of the food service system. From this, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Rebecca Monk supported changes to be...
Dieticians Association of Australia
The Dietitians Association of Australia is Australia’s largest and most influential organisation for dietetic and nutrition professionals, representing a growing membership of 7,000 across Australia and overseas. Our mission is to support our members and advocate for important issues that impact the health of the Australian community, such as obesity, aged care, disability and mental health.
Appearing before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, DAA CEO Robert Hunt and Sharon Lawrence APD called for nutrition to be elevated within all aspects of aged care to help reduce the devastating impact of malnutrition, which is currently prevalent in approximately 58% of older Australians.
Speaking in Cairns, DAA provided evidence of the significant levels of malnutrition in aged care, and the critical nutrition improvements needed to ensure better clinical and quality of life outcomes for...