Public hospitals and aged care centres in Victoria, including in the Central Goldfields Shire, will soon face a food audit of meals served to patients.
The announcement comes following the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to take action and lift the standard of meals in aged care centres and hospitals.
The audit will focus on nutritional value, reducing high fat and high salt foods, taste, sourcing food from local farmers and producers, and diverse foods for modern diets.
Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) operates the Mary- borough, Dunolly and Avoca hospitals — all of which have residential aged care.
MDHS acting CEO Laura Martin said the health service already conducts self-audits and that feedback has been positive.
“We conduct self-audits regarding consumer satisfaction with very positive feedback received,” she said.
“We request consumer input into meal choices, in particular in the residential aged care facilities.
“The Maryborough kitchen has also recently been upgraded which is providing an enhanced product for our patients and residents.”
Ms Martin said all food is prepared and cooked daily at all of MDHS’ campuses.
“Our food is prepared and cooked fresh daily from each of our three sites using locally sourced produce,” she said.
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