Vitamin D deficiency was an existing Victorian CPG that has been revised then reviewed by CPG Committee members. It will be considered for PIC endorsement on 8 October.
- Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health. Low vitamin D and low calcium and/or phosphate can cause nutritional rickets
- Sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D at all ages
- Vitamin D deficiency is common in risk groups and should be self-managed wherever possible – through education, behaviour change and supplementation as required
- In Australia, nutritional rickets is generally only seen in infants and children with dark skin