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Call for action: the nurses' role in combating malnutrition

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We live in a land of abundance and it seems inconceivable that malnutrition rates among the Australian population are increasing. Studies in Australia show the prevalence of malnutrition in Australia in both the community and in residential aged care facilities (RACF) is at unacceptably high levels of 8 – 30% and 40 – 70% respectively.

Further to this, there are no consistent programs or education provided to nurses on prevention, screening, or assessment of malnutrition in the acute sector, community or in residential care. What we do know is that good nutrition assists in the maintenance of independence and supports people to continue living at home.

So, what can we nurses do about it? The answer is – PLENTY!


Topics covered:

  • Investigate how to identify someone at risk of malnutrition
  • How to assess if they are currently malnourished
  • What we can do about it within our role as a nurse
  • Discuss standardised screening tools and their uses
  • When and how to involve other professionals

This webcast will be engaging and informative and aims to give you the confidence to identify and assist patients with an actual or potential risk of malnutrition.

This webcast is available for registered participants for 3 weeks.

Cost:   ACN members $22 (incl. GST)
             Non-members $30 (incl. GST)


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