20 February 2020

Allergen workshops to reduce patient harm underway in April

Health service food staff, dietetic professionals and nursing unit managers are being invited to take part in a project to reduce the risk of harm caused by food allergies in hospitals.

HPV is teaming up with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Food Safety Unit to facilitate a series of workshops between April and June this year, following the success of the Management of Listeria Monocytogenes in Healthcare Facilities workshops in 2018.

The aim of the state-wide project is for agencies to work collaboratively with hospitals to identify best practice for food allergen management in hospitals.

DHHS will engage a facilitator with appropriate skills and knowledge in food allergen management to run six workshops across metropolitan Melbourne and five regional centres.

Food service staff, dietetics professionals and nursing managers are encouraged to take part and provide input. Following the workshops, DHHS will produce a final outcome report and a best practice guide to provide practical operational advice for health services.

Details will be available soon but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact an HPV CRM.