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Leading health organisations, the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia, have joined forces with the Australian Red Cross to draw attention to the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians, due to food insecurity.
The three organisations have released their Food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples policy at Parliament House in Canberra today. The policy serves as a call for sustained action and leadership from all levels of government and non-government organisations, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve food and nutrition security.
The policy recommends that Australian governments:
Public Health Association of Australia CEO Michael Moore said, ‘We’re calling on all levels of government to address food insecurity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Many in this population group do not have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to lead a healthy and active life.'
Source: Australian Red Cross, Public Health Association of Australia, Dietitians Association of Australia, NACCHO Communique