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Module 2: Menu Planning & the Mealtime Experience

Module Details

A detailed introduction to planning meals and menus, including practical guidance for balancing food groups, monitoring serving sizes, and meeting the nutrition needs of residents.

This module is presented as follows:
  • Six videos (approx. 75 minutes in total)
  • Downloadable resources
  • Menu-planning quiz
Cost: $35 
One-time payment for 12 months access
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What you will learn

Topics covered in Module 2 include:
  • Best Practice Guidelines for Nutrition in Aged care
  • Identifying and incorporating food groups in your menu to ensure minimum nutrient levels
  • Planning meals and menus
    • What are the minimum components of an aged care menu?
    • How many options should be offered?
    • Efficient ordering of ingredients and reducing food waste
  • Texture, consistency and flavour
  • Documenting your menus
  • Recognising when to refer a client to a dietitian
  • Serving sizes
  • Presentation of meals
  • Standard recipes
  • Enhancing the meal time experience
  • Governance and policy creation
  • Independent meal and menu audits
  • Managing training, professional development, complaints and feedback


Within this module, you’ll be able to access the following fact sheets, templates, examples and other resources:

  • My Quality Improvement Plan
  • Menu structure and format examples
  • Dietary requirements form template
  • Diet change form template
  • Trolley list template
  • Breakfast list template
  • Standard serve sizes
  • Menu Planning fact sheet


At the completion of this module, you should know how to:

Recognise and implement best practice in providing nutritious, appetising and appropriate meals to seniors.
Design menus that deliver all of the nutrients needed by older people.
Identify the meal time needs and preferences of older people.
Incorporate practical, cost-effective ways to enhance the meal time experience for clients and residents.
Understand and meet benchmarks recommended by professional dietitians.
Effectively address feedback and complaints.
Create policies and protocols, and set up ongoing food and nutrition training programs.

Earn NPA Accreditation Certificates

When you have successfully completed the course you will be awarded with an accreditation certificate.

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