The new Menu Review Audit Tool Guidelines for Dietitians have been recently released by the Dietitians Association of Australia. NPA are proud to have been involved in writing the guidelines in consultation with food service and aged care dietitians from around the country.

The Menu Review Audit Tool has used the Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual for guidance and provides practical suggestions for how facilities can ensure they are providing optimal nutrition through their menu. It is available for Accredited Practising Dietitians to use when assessing your menu. It aims to provide a consistent method for dietitians for conducting menu reviews, and to ensure an evidence based approach to recommendations for aged care homes.

NPA can provide a menu review according to the new guidelines- in person or a remote review via phone or Skype. Phone 1300 227 100 for a quote.

You can learn more about the guidelines used in developing the Audit Tool in our Improving Nutrition Seminars for this year.

Does your menu include protein at breakfast? Current research suggests that including protein foods at 3 meals per day can help to prevent the loss of muscle (or sarcopenia) that occurs with ageing and frailty. Most people eat a eat a protein meal at lunch and the evening meal, but what about breakfast? The protein content of a piece of toast and jam is very low.

Here are some ideas on how to include protein in your breakfast menu:

  • Include a hot breakfast with eggs on as many days of the week as possible
  • Fish cakes
  • Baked beans on toast
  • Cereal with milk and yoghurt
  • Make porridge with milk and add some skim milk powder
  • Toast or bread and cheese
  • Offer a glass of milk with breakfast

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Menu Review Audit Tool

Protein for Breakfast

Online e-learning Presentations

Have you attended NPA's Improving Nutrition in Aged Care Seminar? We are now offering the seminars as a series of online e-learning presentations.

Nutrition Resources

NPA has developed a set of resources and information for aged care homes.You can begin accessing  the NPA resources from our website now.

Free Online Presentations and Resources

NPA's Online e-learning presentations and Resources are free to facilities who have a contract for regular dietetic services.

Improving Nutrition Seminars

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