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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 97

Question No. 176

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 19 May 1983:

(1) What nutritional standards are required for Government subsidised meals for the aged.

(2) In what ways are these standards enforced.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) It is assumed that the question relates to meals provided by meals-on- wheels services. The Delivered Meals Subsidy Act was introduced in 1970 to assist autonomous community-based organisations conducting meals-on-wheels services to establish, expand, improve and maintain their services.

The Government seeks to encourage organisations to provide nutritious and satisfying meals for their clients by providing additional subsidy to organisations which provide an approved Vitamin C supplement with their delivered meals. The Department of Social Security also provides the booklets ' Welcome to Meals-on-Wheels', and 'Meals-on-Wheels Food Guide' produced by the Department of Health to delivered meals services.

(2) Subject to the availability of resources the Department of Social Security aims to inspect each delivered meal service on an annual basis. Organisations are actively encouraged to liaise with the Department of Health on all aspects of nutrition.