Healthy Food and Drink Policy

Version 3.1 approved 26 July 2023

The Healthy Food and Drink Policy (PDF 241KB) demonstrates SA Health’s leadership role in creating healthy food environments that enable staff, visitors and the general public to access healthy food and drink choices within South Australian public sector healthcare settings, in line with Health Council’s Healthy food and drink choices in public sector healthcare settings for staff and visitors; goals, principles and recommended nutritional standards.


Applies to

  • all staff and volunteers of SA Health; that is all staff of the Department for Health and Wellbeing, Local Health Networks (including state-wide services aligned with those Networks), SA Ambulance Service;
  • all SA Health sites, including but not limited to hospitals, health services, and central and regional offices; and
  • all situations where food and drinks are provided to staff, visitors and the general public.

Does not apply to

  • commercial or privately operated food service providers within healthcare settings, unless otherwise contracted;
  • the provision of foods and fluids in inpatient and residential aged care settings; covered by the Menu and Nutrition Standards for Public Health Facilities in South Australia (2021);
  • aged care consumer delivered meals, catered meals and snacks which have existing nutrition specifications; and
  • food and drink that staff or visitors bring from home for their personal use.