Dietitian joins Aged Care Advisory Council

A qualified dietitian is joining the 11-person Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council, to offer her expertise in best-practice nutrition for aged care.

Julie Dundon (pictured), Subject Matter Lead – Aged Care at Dietitians Australia, has loong been a campaigner for better nutrition standards in residential care homes, including annual food audits and mandatory malnutrition screening.

Dietitians Australia Chief Executive Officer Robert Hunt described her as a “fierce advocate and tenacious champion” against malnutrition, which he labelled a “silent abuser”.

“In residential aged care, Australian studies have identified a prevalence of malnutrition up to 50%.

“Dietitians Australia has been receiving reports of the $10 basic daily fee supplement not going to aged care resident’s food. It was no surprise to us that one in three residential aged care homes continue to spend less than $10 per day on food, despite receiving the basic daily fee supplement.

“Julie’s appointment is very welcomed and we trust the Minister will give significant weight to her deep expertise and passion for improved nutrition in aged care,” he said.


Labor has promised an overhaul of aged care food standards if it wins this month’s Federal Election, while the Coalition raised the Basic Daily Fee by $10 per resident per day last July to improve food and nutrition quality in aged care.

Julie will serve on the Council until 2025.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.