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More than just a meal


AMOWA 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission

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National Meal Guidelines launched against backdrop of funding uncertainty

The National Meal Guidelines were formally launched by the Minister Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP at Parliament House in Canberra last week. A transcript of his speech can be found here.

While AMOWA and Meals on Wheels continue to develop and forge ahead, funding uncertainly is threatening service viability. National AMOWA President Nelson Mathews highlighted this in his speech at the launch, calling for funding certainty and an extra $5 million dollars in the 2017 budget to address funding shortfalls and inequities. A transcript of his speech can be viewed here.

meeting attendees
The Minister for Aged Care and Minister from Indigenous Health, Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP (centre right) with (from left) Associate Professor Karen Walton, Project Leader, Smart Foods Centre, Wollongong University, and the Project Steering Group; Sharon Lawrence, Dietitian and DAA Representative; Nelson Mathews, AMOWA President and Steering Group Chair; Julie Bonnici, Manager Services Operations, SA Meals on Wheels; Duncan McDonald, Food Technologist.

National Meal Guidelines – National Workshops - April 16

Stakeholder workshops were held in late March and early April in each State. To workshops were an opportunity to for clients, carers, volunteers, service providers, food production staff, dietitians, State managers and CEO’s to discuss what should be included, and how the guidelines should be designed. For updates go to

National Meal Guidelines – National Workshops

The attendees from the very dynamic Melbourne Workshop on March 30th

More Than Just a Meal Documentary

A documentary about MOW in Victoria by Swinburne University Media Students. Watch here.

National Meal Guidelines – A New Approach To Food - February 16

National Nutritional Guidelines have been recommended by various stakeholders involved in the home delivered meals sector for over a decade. AMOWA received a grant from the Australian Government for the purpose of developing National Meal Guidelines following a proposal submitted in October 2015. After an invited tender process a team for the Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong was chosen to undertake the project.


Connecting – AMOWA Newsletter November 2015 Edition

The most recent AMOWA Newsletter is available here


New Client Survey - A new survey tool has been developed that is available for all MOW Victorian services to use.

Best Practice GuidelinesCustomer feedback surveys generally seek information in regards to overall satisfaction, quality and standard of the service provided. Whilst having this information is essential for any provider, we sought to design a survey for Meals on Wheels that explored the social impact that the service has on the quality of life of the recipients. The result is a comprehensive tool service providers can utilise to seek this kind of feedback and develop a reliable database for the future. Two Social Work Students from RMIT undertook this project in close collaboration with a qualified Council Research Officer.
Please use these links to download:


Annual General Meeting

THE MOW Victoria AGM was held in Wyndham on Friday the 4th of September. Main Agenda items - CHSP (Community Home Support Program) update from Victorian perspective, Calvin Graham Manager HACC Transition, HACC & Assessment, Department of Health & Human Services; from National perspective, Nelson Mathews, President of AMOWA. Special guest, Garrie O'Toole, Lead Educator, Alzheimer's Australia, regarding training options for staff and volunteers.

President's Annual Report 2014-15

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Best Practice GuidelinesBest Practice Guidelines

The first MOW Victoria Best Practice Guidelines were released at Monash at our general meeting on the 3rd June 2015.
Please view / download a copy.

Calcium Flyer – A Resource for Services

This excellent Calcium Flyer is now a resource for services. You can download and print them yourself (colour – double side). We've kept it available on this page due to stream of positive feedback.