Service providers, caterers and health professionals are being encouraged to participate in an online survey to inform the development of a set of national meals guidelines for the new Commonwealth Home Support Program.

The Australian Meals on Wheels Association, which received a federal government grant, has commissioned the University of Wollongong’s Smart Foods Centre to develop the guidelines for delivered and centre-based meals.

The new guide for the home delivered meals sector will replace existing state guidelines and deliver greater national consistency in standards across services as part of the CHSP.

The online survey is seeking to gather the views and experiences of current meal providers and health professionals to feed into the development and implementation of the guidelines.

The national survey complements a series of face-to-face workshops that were held with stakeholders throughout March and April. Survey forms have also been distributed to clients of home delivered and centre based services as part of the project’s consultations.

The completed national meals guidelines will be released on 31 August, which coincides with National Meals on Wheels Day.

To participate in the online survey, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, click here. The survey closes 6 July.

For more information on the project go to the Australian Meals on Wheels Association website.

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