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.