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A Better Choice

About A Better Choice

A Better Choice – Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Health Facilities (A Better Choice) aims to improve the availability and promotion of healthier food and drinks in Queensland facilities and workplaces. The strategy is based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines and applies a traffic light system to classify food and drinks as:

  • GREEN: Best nutritional value – choose mostly
  • AMBER: Some nutritional value – choose carefully
  • RED: Limited or no nutritional value – choose rarely.

A Better Choice was developed for Queensland Health facilities and workplaces. However as other government departments, organisations and community groups will also benefit from implementing this strategy, an additional version has been created to ensure relevance for the non-health sector. Access the strategy relevant to your organisation by selecting one of the below links:

To support implementation, A Better Choice should be used with the following guides:

Scope of A Better Choice

A Better Choice applies in any outlet, setting or situation where food and/or drinks are sold, provided, promoted and advertised to staff and visitors, including but not limited to retail outlets, vending machines, coffee carts and staff social clubs. Catering and fundraising activities are also within scope.

A Better Choice does not apply to food and drinks that staff and visitors bring to facilities for their own personal consumption or to food service meals and snacks provided to admitted hospital, residential and aged-care patients.

Health Service Directive Healthier Drinks at Healthcare Facilities

The Health Service Directive Healthier Drinks at Healthcare Facilities (PDF 102 kB), mandates that from 1 July 2019 any drinks sold, provided, promoted and advertised at Hospital and Health Service facilities are only healthier drinks. The updated Health Service Directive Healthier: Food and Drinks at Healthcare Facilities (PDF 210 kB) was issued on 4 March 2020 and takes effect from 1 July 2020. The updated Directive specifies requirements for the sale, provision, promotion and advertising of foods, to ensure healthier food choices are readily available for and easily accessible by visitors and staff.

Contact abetterchoice@health.qld.gov.au for more information.

Department of Health Policy and Standard: Healthier Food and Drinks Supply (A Better Choice)

The new Healthier Food and Drinks Supply (A Better Choice) Policy and Standard take effect on 1 July 2020 and require Department of Health facilities to implement the A Better Choice strategy in vending machines, retail outlets, catering and fundraising activities. The policy does not apply to food and drinks that staff and visitors bring to facilities for their own personal consumption.

Contact healthy_eating@health.qld.gov.au for more information.

For more information on A Better Choice in Hospital and Healthcare Facilities

Email abetterchoice@health.qld.gov.au

For more information on A Better Choice in the Department of Health and other sectors

Email healthy_eating@health.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 6 May 2020