We’ve been busy at the Dietitians Association of Australia!
We welcomed our new CEO Robert Hunt last year and one of the many positive changes he has overseen is an increased focus on advocacy. Recent activity in this space includes:
Calling for a National Nutrition Policy
Australia has not updated our National Nutrition Policy in over 26 years and as Australia’s health has deteriorated, it’s time to call for change!
Our annual Smart Eating Week in February coincided with the countdown to Australia’s Federal Election. We hosted a breakfast for key representatives and decision makers in Australia’s health sector at Parliament House to launch the week and also our ‘Nourish not Neglect’ report. This report details the social and economic costs of poor nutrition to our society and outlines the proactive steps required to make a new National Nutrition Policy a reality.
Following on from Smart Eating Week, we released our Election Statement ‘Nutrition Should Feed the Federal Election’. The statement outlined our key priorities for all political parties and the future government to address to nourish the nation.
As part of Smart Eating Week and our Election Campaign, we encouraged members to join our advocacy efforts at a local level, and provided a letter they could submit to their local Federal Member of Parliament, calling for a new National Nutrition Policy. Nearly 300 members joined the call to action.
We were thrilled that two of the three major political parties in Australia committed to funding national preventative health strategies, that include addressing obesity. The current elected government has announced plans to develop a National Preventive Health Strategy.
Access ‘Nourish not Neglect’ and ‘Nutrition Should Feed the Federal Election’ from our website
Aged Care Royal Commission
In Australia, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is currently underway. From providing a submission, DAA has been called as a witness to the Royal Commissionhearing in Cairns. This hearing will focus on aspects of residential, home and flexible aged care programs, including nutrition and hydration. Read the DAA Submission here