Healthy Options WA Food and Nutrition Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all WA health system entities as defined in this Policy.

Description:

The Healthy Options WA Food and Nutrition Policy aims to maintain and improve the health of staff members and the broader community by providing environments that support and model nutritious and healthy eating options. It supports staff members, outpatients and visitors to make healthier choices by promoting and increasing access to affordable and nutritious food and drinks.

The objectives of the Policy are to ensure that on all WA health system entity premises:

  • the majority of food and drinks available for purchase are healthy choices that are consistent with health promoting initiatives and messages supported by the Department of Health
  • unhealthy food and drinks are not promoted or displayed in ways that encourage their consumption, with priority placed on limiting the impact of unhealthy food and drink on children
  • all business catering purchased using WA health system entity funds align with health promoting initiatives and messages supported by the Department of Health
  • all fundraising initiatives align with health promoting initiatives and messages supported and promoted by the Department of Health. 

This Policy aligns with the Western Australian Health Promotion Strategic Framework and the National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Public Health Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016

This Policy is a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

This Policy supersedes OD 0627/15 Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities.

Date of effect: 01 February 2021

Policy Framework

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