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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous Australian workplace catering guidelines

 

Overview

Nutrition promotion in the workplace has been recognised as an important parameter to increase employee's productivity, reduce their number of sick days per year and improve the overall health of employees. The Catering guidelines were developed for the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and its member services to help improve the provision of, and access to, healthy food at catered work functions and meetings.

A community development approach was implemented, whereby communication and consultation with stakeholders was paramount. Findings suggested a high proportion of staff would support the guidelines once implemented, therefore it was assumed that a reduction in unhealthy food ordered and provided through workplace catering would be well received.

The Catering guidelines have been designed so that each service can adapt the QAIHC guidelines to suit their own needs.

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council abstract

Contacts

Debbie Chen
Nutrition Coordinator
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC)
Ph: (07) 3328 8500
Email: nutrition@qaihc.com.au

Related publications

Catering guidelines implementation plan (2011)

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

This booklet was produced by the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) to assist staff in implementing catering guidelines for the Community Controlled Health Services.

The guidelines aim to assist and encourage staff, visitors and the wider community to make healthy choices easier choices by ensuring the nutritional quality of food and drinks supplied and promoted are consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines, the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Guide to Healthy Eating.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Catering guidelines: recommendations for implementing healthier catering practices (2010)

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council has developed these guidelines to assist and encourage staff, visitors and the wider community to make healthy choices easier choices by ensuring the nutritional quality of food and drinks supplied and promoted are consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines, Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Guide to Healthy Eating.

These guidelines aim to assist staff in making appropriate food and drink choices when catering for workshops, meetings or other events. The guidelines outline that for optimal health, the majority of food intake should include fruit and vegetables and wholegrain bread and cereals.

The objectives of the resource are to:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 23 October 2013
 
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