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The development of this web resource recognises the urgent need to improve approaches to the nutritional health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is one component of the efforts required to improve the information and knowledge base necessary for the formulation of committed, long-term strategies and policies addressing nutritional health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In aiming to provide access to good quality information and resources about the nutritional health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the web resource includes: reviews; guidelines; resources; programs and projects; policies and strategies; publications; and workforce information.
The web resource also provides the capacity for people involved in the area to actively share their information and experiences. It does this through support of a yarning place (an electronic network) that encourages electronic yarning and networking among people working across Australia to address the nutritional health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Development of this web resource and yarning place has been made possible with funds provided to the HealthInfoNet by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) and the health departments of NSW, WA, SA and Tasmania.
Development of this resource and yarning place was guided by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan (NATSINSAP) Steering Committee and the NATSINSAP project officer. The NATSINSAP 2000-2010 is the nationally agreed framework of action to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through better nutrition. The NATSINSAP was approved and endorsed by a range of key stakeholders including the Australian Health Ministers after an extensive consultation phase. Between 2004 and June 2010, a NATSINSAP project officer was employed to assist national coordination and collaboration in three main action areas: food supply in rural and remote communities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition workforce; and communicating and disseminating good practice. The position was hosted by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
Meetings about the development of the web resource and yarning place involved the NATSINSAP project officer, the Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and the HealthInfoNet's research/project officers.
For more information about NATSINSAP click here.