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Apunipima Cape York Health Council (2017)

Recommendations to guide the delivery of Lifestyle Modification Programs in Cape York 2017.

Cairns: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

Crowe R, Stanley R, Probst Y, McMahon A (2017)

Culture and healthy lifestyles: a qualitative exploration of the role of food and physical activity in three urban Australian Indigenous communities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(

Hamilton Eagle B (2017)

Hope for Health - preventing chronic disease with experiential nutrition education.

The Chronicle; 30(3): 4-5

Houston A, Laws R, Askew D, Saldanha T, Denney-Wilson E (2017)

Exploring the cultural appropriateness and usefulness of a mHealth promotion program for infant feeding in an Urban Aboriginal Health Service: a qualitative study.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 17(3)

Retrieved 28 August 2017 from

Smithers LG, Lynch J, Hedges J, Jamieson LM (2017)

Diet and anthropometry at 2 years of age following an oral health promotion programme for Australian Aboriginal children and their carers: a randomised controlled trial.

British Journal of Nutrition; First view(

Tonkin E, Jeffs L, Wycherley TP, Maher C, Smith R, Hart J, Cubillo B, Brimblecombe J (2017)

A smartphone app to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among young adults in Australian remote Indigenous communities: design, formative evaluation and user-testing.

JMIR mHealth and uHealth; 5(12): e192

Retrieved 12 December 2017 from


Browne J, Adams K, Atkinson P (2016)

Food and nutrition programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: what works to keep people healthy and strong?.

Canberra: Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research

The publication examines how nutrition programs can best work to close the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their non-Indigenous counterparts. The report provides evidence-based recommendations about what works in relation to food and nutrition programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It also discusses how to develop and implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food and nutrition programs in an effective and appropriate manner.

Abstract from Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research

Rankin P, Morton D, Kent L, Mitchell B (2016)

A community-based lifestyle intervention targeting Type II Diabetes risk factors in an Australian Aboriginal population: a feasibility study.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 16(3)

Retrieved 8 August 2016 from


Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2015)

2013 Knockout Health Challenge: evaluation findings.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Christian F, Hodge W, Matthews-Simmons F, Thomas M, Vale C, Odgers J, Leahy-Gatfield R (2015)

Evaluation of the NSW Knockout Health Challenge 2013: final report.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Cumming G, Stapleton R, O’Leary L (2015)

Western NSW Local Health District Marang Dhali Eating Well Program: summary report on implementation and evaluation: phase 2 (2011-2013).

Dubbo, NSW: Western NSW Local Health District


Deadly healthy cooking ideas for your family (2013)

Dietitians Association of Australia Indigenous Nutrition Interest Group

This resource, produced for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, provides healthy meal tips when cooking for a family.

Topics covered include:

  • personal hygiene
  • using water instead of oil
  • cutting the fat off meat
  • using vegetables
  • avoiding salt and replacing it with herbs and spices
  • eating bush tucker.

The resource was produced by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Indigenous Nutrition Interest Group.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (2013)

Healthy Food Charter: creating a vibrant healthy eating culture.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health & Human Services

The Healthy Food Charter is a guide for all those working in partnership with the Victorian Government to improve the health of Victorians through food. The guide can be used by health professionals and educators, communities, food industries and businesses. The charter contains five principles:

  • how to promote easy healthy foods
  • how to promote fresh health foods
  • how to promote a balance of healthy foods
  • how to provide and promote healthy foods
  • how to be connected with healthy foods.

The charter has been developed using the 2013 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dietary guidelines for Australians and other key documents.

Victorian Government Department of Health


Abbott PA, Davison JE, Moore LF, Rubinstein R (2012)

Effective nutrition education for Aboriginal Australians: lessons from a diabetes cooking course.

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 44(1): 55-59

Adams K, Burns C, Liebzeit A, Ryschka J, Thorpe S, Browne J (2012)

Use of participatory research and photo-voice to support urban Aboriginal healthy eating.

Health & Social Care in the Community; 20(5): 497–505

Aquino D (2012)

Early Childhood Nutrition and Anaemia Prevention Project.

The Chronicle; 23(1): 15-16

Get Up and Grow: posters - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific publications (2012)

Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The Get up and grow Indigenous specific resources have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, childcare professionals and educators from urban, rural and remote locations in Australia in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health.

These resources are designed to be used in a wide range of early childhood settings by families, staff and carers in the promotion of healthy food and physical activity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The six full colour posters include information on:

  • less is best for screen-time
  • water: a healthy and essential drink
  • your baby's first foods
  • learning through active play
  • finding new flavours
  • travel the active way.

Please note that only some of the posters are available in hard copy. Refer to the links below for further information.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)

Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses the evidence regarding the effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition intervention programs in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities. The report also describes the burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease) affecting Indigenous Australians and assesses strategies that have the potential to be affective.

The authors conclude from the evidence that healthy lifestyle programs can help to combat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In particular, the programs that were found to be most effective were community-based projects that were initiated and managed by the communities in which they were run. Individual, family and group-based Indigenous healthy lifestyle projects were found to have positive effects in the short term (up to two years). It is not known whether these effects are sustained in the long term as few programs have both the resources and impetus to continue long term.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

McMurray L (2012)

The Women's Development Project: Indigenous Australia Program: evaluation report.

Darwin, NT: The Fred Hollows Foundation

This evaluation report presents findings from the Women's development project (WDP) which began in 2008. The goal of the WDP was to increase self-determination of women in the Jawoyn region, with key objectives to increase: networking and communication; capacity building in communities; opportunities for livelihoods; and partnership building and sharing of knowledge.

The evaluation was conducted by an external consultant appointed by the Fred Hollows Foundation and covered four communities in the Jawoyn region including Manyallaluk, Barunga, Wugularr, and Bulman.

Findings from the evaluation were that significant progress had been made towards the WDP's goal for increased self-determination; and that the communities had the capacity to further strengthen their goals. The WDP was also found to be meeting stated objectives through best practice and contributing towards a sustainable environment.

The evaluation included recommendations for The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Jawoyn Association and Jawoyn Communities, and other stakeholders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2012)

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second edition.

South Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second edition provides an up-to-date, evidence-based national resource created to help all health professionals delivering primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The use of this guide may help to prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health. This guide contains Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-specific information on:

  • lifestyle factors (including smoking, overweight/obesity, physical activity, and alcohol)
  • health among specific populations (child health, adolescent health, and the health of older people)
  • chronic conditions (cardiovascular health, rheumatic heart disease, respiratory health, kidney health, diabetes, and cancer)
  • infections conditions (sexual health and bloodborne viruses)
  • other health conditions (oral health, eye health, ear health, and mental health).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Nelson AL, Macdonald D, Abbott RA (2012)

A risky business? Health and physical activity from the perspectives of urban Australian Indigenous young people.

Health, Risk & Society; 14(4): 325-340

Nilson C (2012)

A partnership with women and Binjareb leaders and elders.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 37

Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Fitzgerald M (2012)

The risk status, screening history and health concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 617–624

Walker M (2012)

Nurse-led program improves women's health.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 36

Last updated: 22 January 2018
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