Is malnutrition an issue in Australia?

Malnutrition is a major public health issue in Australia. Known as the silent epidemic, malnutrition is estimated to affect 35-43 percent of patients in Australian hospitals.

Estimates of malnutrition in the wider community vary, but a recent Australian study found the prevalence of malnutrition across eight residential aged care facilities ranged from 32-72 percent.

Malnutrition can have huge implications on quality of life and ultimately lead to poor medical outcomes.

If you suspect you or someone you know may be at risk of malnutrition, seek professional dietary advice by contacting an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).