Nutrition Standards for Consumers of Inpatient Mental Health Services in NSW


To define the types and amounts of foods that must be offered on the menu for people admitted to inpatient mental health facilities in NSW .


Implementing the standards will:

  • Support recovery; 
  • Help people achieve good physical and mental health; 
  • Meet the needs and expectations of consumers.


These standards guide inpatient mental health facilities to plan menus and offer meals that meet patients’ needs, whilst also providing people with the opportunity to choose and enjoy the food they eat. 

The Standards support the NSW Health policy directives for Nutrition Care (PD2011_78) and Physical Health.


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 per day.
    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-sized meals per day. 

The Nutrition Standards apply to all NSW inpatient mental health facilities.


  • NSW Health Nutrition and Food Committee
  • HealthShare NSW
  • Official Visitors Program
  • NSW Consumer Advisory Committee (CAG) Mental Health

Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

All inpatient mental health facilities in NSW are expected to implement the Nutrition Standards.


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 are available on the ACI website:

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


Tanya Hazlewood
Manager, Nutrition Network
02 9464 4635

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

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Tanya Hazlewood
Manager, Nutrition Network
02 9464 4635