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A food-first Policy Approach in Aged Care – It’s Time to Act

Nutrition Australia

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am (AEDT)

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It has been estimated that in Australia, 68% of residents in aged care are either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, leading to falls, fractures and an impaired quality of life. It is estimated that 9% of older adults are currently living in aged care and by 2050, 1 million elderly Australians will be in care.

Nutrition Australia invites you to a seminar to hear about:

  • What is happening in Australian aged care facilities with respect to food intake
  • Why change is required and how nutritional quality can be improved and malnutrition reduced?
  • What is being done to improve aged care in the UK and what are the learnings?

This timely meeting will provide a disquieting wakeup call that merits an urgent response and action from Australian policy makers and those involved in delivering aged care services in Australia.

We would like to invite you to participate in this seminar, along with colleagues from government and non-government organisations, public health, peak bodies and other interested groups. There will be plenty of time for discussion and we would like your views as an expert on what else can be done to address this national public health priority.



  • Dr Sandy Iuliano, University of Melbourne. Nutrition in aged care – the importance and role of a food first principle
  • Professor Ailsa Welch, The University of East Anglia. Optimising nutrition and hydration practice in care homes – learnings from the UK

Event Details

  • Where: The Boat House, Grevillea Park, Menindee Dr, Barton ACT 2600
  • Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018
  • Time: 8am for breakfast and networking, 9am to 11am for seminar
  • Who: Leaders in health, nutrition and public health, policy makers, peak bodies and representatives from Non-Government Organisations.

About The Speakers

Professor Ailsa Welch is a Nutritional Epidemiologist, researching the effects of nutrition on aging, based at The University of East Anglia Medical School. Ailsa’s research focuses on understanding the protective factors in diet for musculoskeletal health (sarcopenia, loss of skeletal muscle mass and function with age), osteoporosis and fracture risk. She also researches into CVD and cancer, in developing dietary assessment methodologies, quantifying measurement error, and in evaluating public health improvement interventions.

Ailsa’s research aims to understand the effects of micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) and diet quality (dietary patterns, fatty acids, protein & acid-base load) on musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. Understanding how diet improves health during aging is important as the age profile of populations is increasing with consequences for the burden on health and social care. Micronutrient malnutrition also co-exists alongside obesity and chronic disease.

Ailsa has 193 peer-reviewed publications, an H Index of 66 (Scopus) and 14,666 citations. She is also a top 1% world researcher (Thompson Reuters, 2014).

Ailsa chairs the Nutrition & Lifestyle Forum of the National Osteoporosis Society and is a member of their Scientific Advisory Committee. She is also the scientific theme lead for Public Health Nutrition for the UK Nutrition Society. Ailsa chairs the initiative for ‘Optimising Nutrition and Hydration Practice in Care Homes’. Ailsa is a State Registered Dietitian.

Dr Sandra Iuliano is a researcher in the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, based at Austin Health. Sandra has a Masters of Human Nutrition from Deakin University and a Doctorate of Philosophy that investigated the combined benefits of physical activity and nutrition on bone growth in children.

Sandra has extensively studied ways to improve nutrition in aged care. Her work includes a food-based protein, calcium and vitamin D trial that reduced falls in older adults in residential aged care, and a food-based approach that enabled residents in aged care to achieve the recommended intake of protein, a key factor in the prevention of malnutrition. In 2009 Sandra published her finding of the effects of sunlight deprivation on bone density in adults by studying expeditioners to Antarctica as an analogue of people entering aged care.

Her current work focuses on the benefits of improved nutrition on falls and fracture risk reduction in older adults, especially those in aged care. The research trial involves 60 aged-care facilities throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and it is providing valuable insight into the rates of malnutrition in the elderly in aged care, the causes, effects and potential remedies.


About This Meeting

This meeting is led by Nutrition Australia, a non-government, non-profit, community based-organisation with offices throughout Australia. Nutrition Australia is an independent, member organisation that aims to promote the health and wellbeing of all Australians. The mission of Nutrition Australia is to inspire and empower healthy eating for all Australia.

This meeting is supported by Dairy Australia, the national service body for the Australian dairy industry and we are committed to building a profitable and sustainable future for the dairy farmers and the industry that we serve.

Have questions about A food-first Policy Approach in Aged Care – It’s Time to Act? Contact Nutrition Australia

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The Boat House
Menindee Dr
Barton, ACT 2600

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am (AEDT)

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Nutrition Australia

Nutrition Australia is a non-government, non-profit, nutritional educator with offices throughout Australia. As an independent member organisation, Nutrition Australia aims to promote the optimal health and wellbeing of all Australians through nutrition.


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