Health Star Rating five year review – Joint statement of public health and consumer groups
Leading public health and consumer groups welcome the outcomes of the Ministerial Forum as an important step in concluding the Health Star Rating System Five Year Review. Research suggests the system is performing well overall, and that the majority of people understand and like the Health Star system logo.
Public health and consumer groups remain concerned about the food industry’s influence on the development and implementation of Health Stars, which is preventing the system from reaching its full potential as an important tool to help improve the health of all Australians. This joint statement offers support for several recommendations and provides further recommendations to strengthen the initiative.
NDIS participant access to Accredited Practising Dietitian services and nutrition support products
The Dietitians Association of Australia supports the rights of people with disability to access nutrition support products and Accredited Practising Dietitian services which meet their unique needs to promote physical, mental and social wellbeing.
The inclusion of the services of Accredited Practising Dietitians and nutrition support products in NDIS participant plans is reasonable and necessary for participants to realise their goals and aspirations, and to increase their social and economic participation.
Nutrition Advice within Scope of Practice for AusREPs
Nutrition Advice within Scope of Practice for AusREPs provides clarity to the fitness industry with guidelines for AusREPs to follow when giving nutrition advice to clients. As part of the guidelines, AusREPs are encouraged to provide basic healthy eating information and advice through the application of nationally endorsed nutritional standards and guidelines – in particular, the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
The guidelines have been developed and endorsed by Fitness Australia, the Dietitians Association of Australia and Sports Dietitians Australia.
Statement of Intent between Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), and its Member and Friend Organisations
The Joint Statement of Intent reflects an intent for IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.
IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations asset that in order to positively contribute to closing the gaps, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the right to equitably access allied health services that are available, affordable, acceptable and appropriate, provided by allied health professionals who are both culturally responsive and clinically competent.
IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations are committed to building and strengthening the allied health workforce to meet the complex healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the allied health workforce and strengthening the cultural responsivenesss of all allied health students and graduates.
Joint Position Statement: Addressing the Physical Health of People With Mental Illness
Mental health and physical health are fundamentally connected. A proportion of individuals experiencing mental illness will also experience poor physical health, and poor physical health can in turn be associated with poor mental health. Given the well-known relationship between physical and mental health, an increased focus on holistic multidisciplinary treatment can enhance quality of life, and improve the physical and mental health outcomes for individuals living with a mental health disorder.
We recently worked with Exercise & Sports Science Australia and the Australian Psychological Society to develop a Joint Position Statement Addressing the Physical Health of People With Mental Illness. The purpose of the joint position statement is to endorse dietary and exercise interventions that can provide a range of physical, social and mental health benefits to those living with a mental illness.
Food Security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Policy
We recently worked with Public Health Association of Australia and Australian Red Cross, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Indigenous Allied Health Australia and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation to develop a Joint Statement on Food Security and Background Paper. The purpose of the joint statement is to provide succinct data about the current situation in relation to food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and outline the action we and the PHAA will undertake to address the issues identified.
Joint Position Statement on Oral Health and Nutrition
The Dietitians Association of Australia and Dental Health Services Victoria recognise the evidence – based synergy between nutrition and integrity of the oral cavity in health and disease. Dietitians and other nutrition professionals should therefore work collaboratively with oral health professionals in promoting good oral health practices.
This position statement aims to:
- provide evidence-based oral health information for dietitians;
- guide how oral health can be incorporated into the various roles of dietitians;
- provide a framework for building capacity of the workforce.