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General: States and Territories


Tasmanian Food Security Council (2012)

Food for all Tasmanians: a food security strategy.

Hobart: Tasmanian Food Security Council


South Australian Department Public Health and Clinical Systems Division (2011)

The Eat Well Be Active strategy for South Australia 2011-2016.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Public Health


South Australian Food Centre (2010)

South Australian food strategy 2010-2015.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia


Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (2009)

Canteen, nutrition and healthy eating policy.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Education and Training

Western Australian Department of Health (2009)

Healthy Options WA: food and nutrition policy for WA health services and facilities.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

The Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities came into effect on 1 January 2008. The policy was implemented in all WA Health services during 2008, with all services required to comply fully with the policy by 31 December 2008.The Policy applies to all services, facilities and establishments owned or leased by WA Health and involved in the provision of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative services to patients and the general community. This includes all hospitals, community health centres/clinics, rehabilitation services and policy and administration agencies involved in the support and delivery of health services.The document outlines the rationale for the new policy, its aims and objectives, the services to which the policy will apply and the role of WA Health food outlets in its implementation. It also provides details of the nutrient criteria and guidelines for food supply and food categorisation, with special considerations for children and freshly prepared meals.

The new guidelines in the policy apply to all food outlets, vending machines and food sources that are available to staff and visitors in these facilities and under the management of WA Health. This includes:

  • cafes and coffee shops
  • food outlets and kiosks
  • food and drink vending machines
  • staff cafeterias and canteens
  • ward trolley services for patients and visitors

The document also has a section on how the policy applies to fundraising initiatives, events and prizes, and to catering provided at business functions and meetings.

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South Australia Deptartment of Health (2008)

SA Health strategic plan: 2008-2010: extended to June 2014.

Adelaide: South Australia Deptartment of Health


Queensland Health (2007)

A Better Choice healthy food and drink supply strategy for Queensland health facilities.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

The overriding goal of A Better Choice Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Health Facilities (A Better Choice) is to make healthier choices easier choices by increasing the availability of healthier foods and drinks to Queensland Health staff, visitors and the general public. The strategy provides that this will be achieved through the creation of an environment that actively promotes and provides a greater choice of nutritious food and drinks in all Queensland Health facilities. 'A Better Choice' applies to all situations where food or drinks are provided to staff, visitors and the general public in facilities owned and operated by Queensland Health. Recommendations regarding the supply, display, advertising and placement of foods and drinks are outlined within relevant sections of this document along with information including:

  • The nutritional value of food and drinks
  • Healthier food and drink choices
  • Guidelines outlining application to various food outlets
  • Criteria to identify food and drinks that need to be restricted

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Department of Health and Community Services (2006)

Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Action Plan 2007-2012.

Casuarina, NT: Department of Health and Community Services

The Northern Territory Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2007-2012 follows on the Northern Territory Food and Nutrition Policy - Action Plan 2001-2006 and continues the practical implementation of the Northern Territory Food and Nutrition Policy 1996 and the 5 Year Strategic Vision Improved nutritional status and health of Territorians. The primary target groups for nutrition interventions outlined in this action plan are:

  • women of child bearing age
  • children under five years
  • school aged children
  • Indigenous people, particularly in remote communities

Priority areas outlined in the report include:

  • maternal and child nutrition
  • nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • nutrition of children under five years
  • nutrition of school aged children
  • food supply
  • availability, affordability and adequate consumption of core foods in remote communities
  • commercial and non-commercial food services
  • fruit and vegetable consumption
  • participation in regular physical activity
  • healthy weight for all
  • prevention and management of chronic disease

The main role of the NPA team in the implementation of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2006-2011 is in capacity building through:

  • training
  • support
  • communication and networking
  • promotion and advocacy
  • monitoring and surveillance

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SA Department of Health (2006)

Eat Well South Australia: public health nutrition action plan 2006-2008.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

Eat Well South Australia is a strategy designed to improve nutrition and reduce the burden of preventable diet-related disease. It provides a framework and plan that: identifies priorities for action, both new work and further investment in existing work; provides a basis for developing a state-wide coordinated approach to nutrition promotion that involves government and non-government health and other sectors in collaborative action; guides health and other sector organisations in planning food and nutrition activities; and supports consistency and links between national and state public health nutrition agendas and action at state, regional and local levels.
Eat Well South Australia aims to:

  • take a population health focus that embraces a public health approach and systematic planning of activities
  • contribute to reducing health inequalities by focusing on the nutrition-related health needs of disadvantaged groups, including Aboriginal South Australians
  • foster partnerships within the health sector and with other sectors and the community
  • acknowledge the social determinants of health as well as the relationship between nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption on health
  • base initiatives on scientific evidence where it exists and contribute to building evidence where it is needed
  • recognise that food is more than a source of fuel and nutrients, that it also plays a central role in the community's social and cultural life
  • acknowledge the importance of ecologically sustainable development so that resources are managed to ensure good health for future generations

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New South Wales Department of Education and Training (2005)

Fresh Tastes NSW healthy school canteen strategy.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health and NSW Department of Education and Training

The Fresh Tastes NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy has a purpose to give students across NSW a taste for healthy foods. This policy sets out requirements associated with a government-endorsed approach that assists schools to determine nutritional and healthier types of foods for sale in their canteens.

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Queensland Department of Education Training and the Arts (2005)

Healthy food and drink supply strategy for Queensland schools.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

The Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools aims to address the issue of overweight and obesity in children and young people by focusing on curing the issues of excess energy intake and insufficient physical activity in Queensland schools. The strategy aims to provide healthy food and drink choices to students by addressing all situations where food is supplied in the school environment - tuck shops, vending machines, school excursions, school camps, fundraising, classroom rewards, school events such as celebrations and sports days, and food used in curriculum activities. The implementation of the strategy involved a gradual phase in process to allow schools sufficient time to review their food and drink supply and make necessary changes.

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Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (2004)

Tasmanian food and nutrition policy.

Hobart: Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services


NSW Health (2003)

Eat Well NSW: strategic directions for public health nutrition 2003-2007.

Sydney: NSW Health


Queensland Public Health Forum (2002)

Eat Well Queensland 2002-2012: smart eating for a healthier state.

Brisbane: Queensland Public Health Forum

Last updated: 2 March 2018
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