Nutrition Standards for Adult Inpatients in NSW Hospitals


To define the types and amounts of foods that must be offered to patients on standard hospital menus in NSW


To provide an evidence-based guide on food and nutrition in hospitals. 


These standards are based on evidence of nutrition requirements for people in hospital.

They guide hospitals to plan menus and offer meals that meet people’s needs, whilst also providing people with the opportunity to choose and enjoy the food they eat.

The Standards support the NSW  Health policy directive for Nutrition Care (PD2011_78).


Professor Peter Williams developed the Nutrition Standards under the guidance of a multidisciplinary reference group.

The Nutrition Standards contain:

  • Nutrient goals: the amount of energy and key nutrients that the standard menu must provide. e.g.: 8000kJ per day, 90g protein per day, 30g of fibre per day.
  • Minimum menu choices: the minimum number of food choices and minimum serve sizes for each of the 3-4 main meals and 2-3 mid-size meals per day.

The Nutrition Standards apply to all hospitals in NSW.


  • NSW Health Nutrition and Food Committee
  • HealthShare NSW

Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

Central Coast Local Health DistrictCentral Coast Local Health District
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health DistrictIllawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Mid North Coast Local Health DistrictMid North Coast Local Health District
Murrumbidgee Local Health DistrictMurrumbidgee Local Health District
Northern NSW Local Health DistrictNorthern NSW Local Health District
Northern Sydney Local Health DistrictNorthern Sydney Local Health District
South Eastern Sydney Local Health DistrictSouth Eastern Sydney Local Health District
South Western Sydney Local Health DistrictSouth Western Sydney Local Health District
Southern NSW Local Health DistrictSouthern NSW Local Health District
St Vincent's Health NetworkSt Vincent's Health Network
Sydney Local Health DistrictSydney Local Health District
Western NSW Local Health DistrictWestern New South Wales Local Health District
Western NSW Local Health District


The ACI Nutrition Standards and Therapeutic Diet Specifications Reference Group was established to oversee the review and evaluation process. Evaluation includes:

  • Compliance of menus to the Standards
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Feedback from clinicians
  • Clinical currency
  • Outcomes

Further Details

The Nutrition Standards for Adult Inpatients in NSW Hospitals are available on the ACI website.

Feedback on the Nutrition Standards can be submitted via the ACI website.


Tanya Hazlewood
Network Manager - Nutrition
02 9464 4635

Chris Shipway
Director, Primary Care and Chronic Services
02 9464 4603

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Tanya Hazlewood
Network Manager - Nutrition
02 9464 4635