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NSW seniors take part in nutrition pilot program.



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Media Release Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care

BB11/00 22 February 2000

NSW seniors take part in nutrition pilot program Senior Australians in seven urban and rural areas of New South Wales will be part of a nutrition pilot program launched by Federal Minister for Aged Care Bronwyn Bishop today.

"The three-month pilot program called 'More Than Tea and Toast' will deliver a range of breakfast and snack packs to participating NSW Meals on Wheels clients in the Bankstown, Hornsby, Concord, Maitland, Tamworth, Port Macquarie and Orange areas," Mrs Bishop said.

"Participants will have the option of a shopping list to enable them to make a selection from a range of available foods.

"The pilot will be funded under the Home and Community Care program, a joint Commonwealth/ State program, with the Commonwealth contributing about 60 per cent of $60,000 over two years.

"The pilot program will investigate a number of important issues for NSW Meals on Wheels including awareness of how to improve nutritional wellbeing, access to better nutrition and assessing the nutritional wellbeing of clients.

"This project will also see the establishment of a nutrition network and the implementation of new standards of food services.

"The project has come together through a strategic alliance between the NSW Meals on Wheels Association and local businesses Goodman Fielder and Dairy Farmers, and support from Macquarie Valley Juices.

"It was developed in response to recent research indicating, among other findings, that some older people living at home risked poor nourishment.

"The people involved in this pilot are contributing in a very real way towards improving quality of life for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

"The Commonwealth's commitment to HACC programs such as Meals on Wheels has grown to $525 million in 1999-2000 and will continue to increase as we help frail older Australians and people with a disability and their carers to be supported to live independently in the familiar surroundings of their own homes," Mrs Bishop said.

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