Delivering a Healthy WA
Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy

Healthy Options WA Policy

Healthy Options WA Policy

The Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities was introduced in January 2008, with amendments made in April 2009. The amended policy will be implemented in all WA Health services in May 2009.

The Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities applies to all services, facilities and establishments owned or leased by WA Health and involved in the provision of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative services to patients and the general community. This includes all hospitals, community health centres/clinics, rehabilitation services and policy and administration agencies involved in the support and delivery of health services.

The guidelines apply to all food outlets, vending machines and food sources that are available to staff and visitors in these facilities and under the management of WA Health. This includes

  • cafes and coffee shops
  • food outlets and kiosks
  • food and drink vending machines
  • staff cafeterias and canteens
  • ward trolley services for patients and visitors

The policy also applies to fundraising initiatives, events and prizes, and to catering provided at business functions and meetings.

Where food is supplied under contracts and leases, the policy changes will be introduced as soon as contract conditions allow.

The policy applies to all food and drinks, whether freshly made on the premises or supplied pre-packed or processed.