Accredited practising dietician Julie Dundon has been appointed to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council.

Ms Dundon – a member of peak body Dieticians Australia and its aged care subject matter lead – has been a long-time advocate of improved nutrition in aged care.

A director of aged care nutrition and dietetic service Nutrition Professionals, Ms Dundon has called for mandatory malnutrition screening and annual food audits as a condition of aged care homes receiving the $10 Basic Daily Fee supplement.

“Julie’s appointment to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council will bring deep expertise in the best-practice and evidence-based nutrition in aged care,” said Dieticians Australia CEO Robert Hunt.

The national advisory council was established November last year as part of the government’s response to the royal commission. Its 11 members provide expert advice on aged care issues and the implementation of reforms.

“Julie’s appointment is very welcomed, and we trust the minister will give significant weight to her passion for improved nutrition in aged care,” said Mr Hunt.

Ms Dundon’s post runs for two years.

Main image: Julie Dundon

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