Hospitals and health services
Hospitals and health services play an important role in helping staff and visitors make healthy lifestyle choices.
'Better health through prevention' is a key focus of the Victorian Government’s Health 2040: Advancing health, access and care policy.
Supplying healthier foods and drinks to your staff and guests is a measureable action that will fit into your health service’s Statement of Priorities to support healthy populations through prevention.
By providing healthy foods and drinks, your health service will:
- communicate consistent messages about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles to the community
- have a food service which aligns with the health messages of the organisation
- meet community expectations about promoting healthy lifestyles.
The Victorian Government has announced a new healthy food and drink policy directive for health service retail and vending.
What do I do in the meantime?
A whole of service approach to healthy eating
The most successful way to support healthy eating in an organisation is to use a whole of service approach. This means making sure healthy choices are available everywhere where foods and drinks are supplied, including:
- food and drink retail outlets (e.g. canteens, cafeterias, cafes, coffee shops and kiosks)
- other retail outlets where foods and drinks are the main items sold (e.g. convenience stores)
- vending machines
- staff rooms and kitchens
- fundraising activities, gifts, prizes and give-aways.
The Victorian Government has developed the Healthy choices: policy guidelines for hospitals and health services to help health facilities use a whole of service approach to healthy eating.
These guidelines apply to all foods and drinks available to staff, volunteers, visitors and customers. They do not apply to inpatient, client or aged-care resident meals.
To access the guidelines visit www.health.vic.gov.au/nutrition