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Identifying Undernutrition

Identify the signs of undernutrtition with Independence Australia's easy to use checklist tool.

Identifying Undernutrition

Checklists For Identifying Undernutrition Undernutrition is the insufficient intake of food, or where an individual is not getting enough calories, protein or vitamins and minerals to function effectively. An individual may be at risk of undernutrition if they are experiencing one or more of the following signs and symptoms. Socio-Economic conditions to look out for: Long term institutional care Chronic health conditions Digestive disorders Eating disorders Social isolation Low income Physical symptoms to look out for: Reduced appetite Fatigue Poor concentration Depression, anxiety Unintended weight loss Long wound healing time Potential causes Digestive disorders Chewing difficulties Swallowing difficulties Mental health conditions Visual disturbances Mobility and dexterity issues Socio economic considerations Clinicians who can help • Gastroenterologist • Dietician • Dentist to review teeth, gum disease or ill-fitting dentures • Speech pathologist • Ear, nose and throat specialist • Psychiatrist • Psychologist • Cognitive disorders and memory services • Optometrist or eye specialist • Occupational therapist • Physiotherapist • Social worker To purchase your nutritional supplements and home enteral feed equipment, you can visit store.independenceaustralia.com or call 1300 788 855 © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.