Scoping study to inform the development of the new national nutrition policy for Australia

Lee, Amanda J., Baker, Philip, Stanton, Rosemary, Friel, Sharon, & Weightman, Alison (2013) Scoping study to inform the development of the new national nutrition policy for Australia.

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This comprehensive report (748 pages) scopes a new nutrition policy for Australia (RFT 028/1213) Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

Optimum nutrition is fundamental to good health. It is essential for the normal growth and physical and cognitive development of infants and children, contributes significantly to quality of life, wellbeing and workforce productivity, enhances resistance to infection and reduces the risk of obesity, chronic disease and premature death (AIHW 2012; NHMRC 2013).

This scoping study reviews the current literature to identify:

  • key population health issues related to diet and nutrition within the Australian population; and
  • where gaps in current policy are evident.

The scoping study reviews the literature on past and present national and international nutrition policies, strategies (policy actions), interventions and evaluations. The study analyses the evidence from the literature review and formulates recommendations regarding the key elements of effective nutrition policies including scope, guiding principles, format, key inclusions (content), development processes, governance, implementation, timelines, monitoring and surveillance, evaluation and review to guide the development of a new comprehensive National Nutrition Policy for Australia.

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ID Code: 93234
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Policy, Nutrition, Public Health, Food, Scoping study
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Department of Health and Ageing
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2016 22:15
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 00:19

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