Providing support and expert nutrition advice to residential aged care facilities and respite centres across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

See how your facility could benefit from our wide range of services.

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Menu Assessments

Does your aged care menu meet the Commonwealth Accreditation Standards?

We conduct a thorough menu assessment and review process in line with the Standards and provide a full report with practical recommendations to support your facility.

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Training and workshops at your facility

We provide practical nutrition talks and workshops on a variety of topics to meet your needs.

Food Safety Supervisor training available.

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Online Training: Safe Food Handling

Covers all aspects of food safety that new and existing staff working in aged care need to know.


We aim to empower Queensland and Northern Territory residential aged care facilities and respite services with skills, knowledge and confidence to promote and support optimal nutrition for their residents.

As Queensland’s most experienced community nutrition organisation, we are a trusted source of nutrition information, staffed by a team of skilled, compassionate professionals. We identify client needs, develop creative and innovative solutions and deliver sustainable outcomes.

Nourishing Nibbles Cookbook

Developed for carers and cooks to help them gain inspiration for preparing nourishing finger food meals and snacks to support better health and wellbeing for people living with dementia.

Nourishing Nibbles – For people living with dementia


Main and mid-meal recipes   |   Small and large serves   |   Core Food Group information

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Why subscribe to ACNAS?

Benefits Setting/Service Subscription
Discounts on Menu Assessments

Receive discounts on our comprehensive menu assessments completed and reviewed by Accredited Practising Dietitians

Discounts on Individual Resident Consultations

Benefit from long-term cost savings with discounts on our hourly rate for individual dietetic consultations and reviews

Discounts on Workshops and Training

Discuss the needs of your facility with us to tailor a customised nutrition workshop for your staff

Discounts on our Feeding Supplements Service

Receive a 2.5% discount when you order from our range of nutritional supplements

Subscription to ACNAS E-Newsletters

Monthly E-Newsletters providing you with up-to-date information, professional development and training opportunities, recipes, activities and more!

Access to qualified dietitians for support

Get FREE advice over the phone or via email from our qualified dietitians experienced in aged care

Access to resources including our cookbook “Nourishing Nibbles” – For people living with dementia

Our finger food cookbook to enhance independence for those living with dementia

Online training – Receive free access for one person for ACNAS subscribers

Competitively priced online training and learning opportunities, covering a broad range of topics

Access to subscribers-only area of our website

Free access to the subscribers-only section of our ACNAS website. Including access to resources and fact sheets, recipes, new nutrition news and training opportunities

Access to nutrition posters

Food Safety posters are available to purchase from NAQ Nutrition

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About Us

NAQ Nutrition’s Aged Care Nutrition Advisory Service (ACNAS) commenced its work in Queensland in 1994. Aimed at residential aged care facilities and respite services, ACNAS provides carers for the aged with accurate, up-to-date and practical nutrition information and support via a wide range of resources and services.

Our ACNAS services are available to subscribers in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Our Team

Ms Loretta Howard

Dietitian/Nutritionist APD

Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics)

Loretta looks after our ACNAS program, providing advice and support for residential aged care facilities to assist them in meeting the nutritional requirements of their residents. Loretta coordinates individual resident consultations, workshops and in-services, prepares practical resources for subscribers and reviews and completes menu assessments alongside our Accredited Practising Dietitians. She is passionate about making sure people living in aged care have access to meals which are nourishing, delicious and evoke positive spirits and memories.


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Further Information

For further information about our services, download a copy of the ACNAS Services List or contact our Queensland office.

Office hours:

Mon – Fri 9:00am – 4:00 pm

Ph: (07) 3257 4393

Email: [email protected]