Maggie Beer Foundation launches online modules to improve aged care food

The Department of Health and Aged Care and the Maggie Beer Foundation have jointly launched online modules to instruct cooks and chefs working at aged care homes and improve the food being served to residents.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells and TV chef Maggie Beer   were at the launch of the Maggie Beer Foundation Aged Care Cook and Chef Support Program at Eldercare’s aged care home in Seaford, 32km from Adelaide, this week.

The program’s modules are available for free online. Click HERE.

Maggie said providers can also sign up to participate in a food satisfaction survey through Flinders University.

She will also be appearing in a new ABC TV series Big Mission where she and her team of experts use their cooking skills to transform meal times for residents of a Perth aged care home.

Beer is “leading an ambitious, life changing, social experiment as she attempts to overhaul an aged-care home by transforming meals, the dining experience and the surrounds. Working with the unsung heroes in aged care, the aim is to improve the health and joy of the residents,” states the ABC.

“What a privilege this is to work with a Home that is brave enough to show warts and all, and the path of continuous improvement that will be necessary to bring about real change,” Maggie said.


​ABC Head of Factual Susie Jones said she was ‘thrilled’ to work with Beer.

‘We are thrilled to have Maggie Beer spearhead such an important national conversation that effects all Australians. This series will surprise and delight ABC audiences, while bringing about real-world change,” said Susie.

The show will air in 2024.

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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.