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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database about food safety relating to Indigenous environmental health. This information is of particular relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners. References include journal articles, reports, theses and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.


Western Australian Department of Public Health (2017)

Aboriginal environmental health newsletter - Campfire.

Retrieved 2016 from

Campfire is an electronic newsletter produced by the Environmental Health Directorate of Western Australia (WA).

It showcases showcase the achievements and activities of Aboriginal environmental health practitioners and their colleagues in WA. Newsletter topics from previous editions include:

  • water management
  • trachoma education and training 
  • dog health training
  • community programs
  • training opportunities.

The Directorate invites submissions of articles for Campfire via the contacts below.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Draper A (2016)

Enteric disease in the Northern Territory in 2015.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 23(1): 17-25


Russell S, Sullivan CA, Reichelt-Brushett AJ (2015)

Aboriginal consumption of estuarine food resources and potential implications for health through trace metal exposure; a study in Gumbaynggirr country, Australia.

PLOS ONE; 10(6): e0130689

Retrieved 22 June 2015 from


KPMG Australia (2013)

Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report.

Perth, WA: EON Foundation

The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities Program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.

The Thriving Communities Program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:

  • EON Edible Gardens
  • EON Healthy Eating
  • EON Training and Education
  • EON Healthy Homes.

The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.

Abstract adapted from Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation

Eat for Health: Australian dietary guidelines summary (2013)

National Health and Medical Research Council

This booklet is a summary of the Eat for health Australian dietary guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Eat For Health program published in 2012.

The Australian dietary guidelines are aimed at health workers to assist them in providing consistent advice to the general public about choosing healthy foods from the five food groups.

This summary document is a general guide to appropriate practice, to be followed subject to the clinician's judgement in each individual case.

The Eat for health Australian dietary guidelines summary was informed by the Food modelling system and Australian dietary guidelines and is designed for healthy Australians, including those with common health risks such as being overweight.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Let's Dig: a school garden resource (2013)

Northern Territory Department of Health

The Let's dig: a school garden resource offers ideas and fun activities to encourage and support interest in healthy eating, food production and cooking in the school setting. Let's dig! has four components suitable for children from transition to year 6. Teachers can expand the activities to suit the learning needs of their students by utilising the extension activities in each component.

The four components are:

      1. nutrition - contains a range of ideas for teachers to start nutrition education with extension activities included to cover a wide range of student ages. The activities in this section are based on the National Heart Foundation's Eat smart play smart resource
      2. gardening - contains activities designed to encourage students to learn about the garden before, during and after the growing process. Activities are done in the class room as well as in the school garden and can be adapted to suit class needs
      3. food safety - contains activities covering safe food storage and handling, handwashing, hygiene and unsafe food
      4. cooking - contains a range of cooking activities to reinforce the food safety principles learnt from the food safety section.

There are additional resources available to support teachers in the delivery of the activities.

This resource was produced to support the Top End remote school garden project, which was collaboration between the Northern Territory's Departments of Education and Children's Services, Primary Industry and Fisheries and Health and the Menzies School of Health Research.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tietz C (2013)

Health hardware design : a design research journey towards a healthier Australian Indigenous living environment.

Blackheath, NSW: Designlab Oceania

Last updated: 21 February 2018
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