Fortification vs Food First Approach: Increasing the nutritional quality of aged care menus

About the webinar:

In this webinar, you’ll learn why a high protein, high energy diet is recommended as a standard in aged care facilities to help residents maintain quality of life and nutrition status as much as possible. You’ll explore why a food first approach is ideal, but when and how food fortification can be an additional support to meet protein requirements for most older people.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • How a HPHE menu as a standard can lead to better clinical outcomes for residents
  • Food first approach vs food fortification – what is the difference?
  • How to promote the value of higher nutritional quality menus to key stakeholders
  • Practical strategies for dietitians to implement food fortification


About the speaker:

Louise Murray is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, specialising in aged care nutrition. She initially started her career in clinical nutrition however, the opportunity arose as a new grad to review an aged care menu. Her determination was ignited to remove party pies and sausage rolls from aged care menus, and it has become her passion to improve food quality for older people over the past 17 years.

Her grandmother was a Polish refugee to Australia, so she learnt a lot about the social connection of sitting around a table to cook, trade recipes and share a meal together. This experience developed her respect for older people and how we can give back to them with the simple social connection that food brings.

Louise has a special interest in teaching chefs how to cook high nutritional quality food for older people while still making it taste delicious. She also teaches dietitians the skills and knowledge required to become an effective and supportive dietitian in aged care through an online mentoring program, to do more than just individual referrals. Her consultancy Nosh to Nourish now specialises in both consulting directly to aged care organisations, as well as mentoring dietitians to become leaders in aged care nutrition and food services.

Connect with Louise on Instagram @louisemurray.dietitian or on her website


Supported by Abbott


CPD/CEU hours are applicable for Australia and New Zealand dietitians. 1.0 CE credit available from CDR for US dietitians (certificate available at the end of the recording). Check your local country requirements to see if you can claim for continuing education.


Professional Development
Duration1 hour