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Healthy choice rewards for increased fruit and veg intake in Aurukun

24 March 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Island Cape Retail Enterprises have teamed up to introduce a new Healthy choice scheme in Aurukun.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: nutrition results - food and nutrients, 2012-13

20 March 2015

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released a new report, the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: nutrition results - food and nutrients, 2012-13.

Kickstart for Indigenous health

19 March 2015

Health Minister Cameron Dick yesterday kicked off a three-year funding partnership to support Indigenous Queenslanders to make healthy lifestyle choices.

EON Foundation conducting research in the Pilbara

17 March 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides assistance to Aboriginal individuals and communities in Western Australia (WA), is conducting research in the Pilbara later this month.

Snapshot of the EON Foundation's Thriving communities program

13 March 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation's Thriving communities program is now being delivered to 16 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, 13 across the Kimberley region, and three in the Pilbara.

New partnership to improve healthy eating in remote Cape York communities

12 March 2015

Island Cape Retail Enterprises and Apunipima Cape York Health Council have officially announced a joint partnership to promote healthy food choices in Cape York's remote Indigenous communities.

Travelling skipping team to target health inequities in rural NSW schools

4 March 2015

The Heart Foundation is partnering with La Perouse Public School to launch a new initiative that aims to help close the gap in children's health in New South Wales (NSW).

Health bodies concerned about decision not to label trans fats

27 February 2015

Health experts are concerned about Australia's decision not to label trans fats in food, which are linked to heart disease and cancer, and consumed at dangerously high levels.

Top tukka a hit in Ipswich

19 February 2015

Aunty Kay Mundray has been assisting the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Ipswich, Queensland, to improve eating habits, and encourage meal preparation at home.

Choosing food for life

13 February 2015

An Aboriginal woman based in a remote rural community in Central New South Wales has received assistance through the Centacare program, Manage your income, manage your life, which provided her with the skills she needed to budget and choose healthy food for her family.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Aiming for a slam dunk on chronic disease

10 February 2015

The far north's front-running Central Queensland University (CQU) Cairns Taipans are lending their deadly support to a new drive to combat chronic disease in Cape York communities.

Health checks aim to ensure clean bill of health

10 February 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is offering free checks to the community of Hopevale, Queensland, to assist the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain good health.

Get inspired to achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle this Healthy weight week

5 February 2015

Australia rsquo;s healthy weight week (AHWW), running from 16-22 February 2015, is an opportunity for people across Australia to get involved in actively managing their weight.

OzHarvest volunteers reaping rewards of regional food rescue program in Cairns

5 February 2015

A national regional food rescue program has extended to far north Queensland where volunteers are saving hundreds of kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables each week for charity.

Healthy habits encouraged at Hopevale

3 February 2015

The Healthy Lifestyle Team from Apunipima Cape York Health Council recently visited the Queensland community of Hopevale to demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council welcomes nutritionists

27 January 2015

Apunipima Cape York Council has recently welcomed two nutritionists to their team, who hope to make a difference in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland (Qld), and demonstrate their passion for good food.

Banks the top warrior

23 January 2015

Luke Banks has won the Warmun, Western Australia, festive season weight loss challenge, losing 10 kilograms (kg) and 18 centimetres (cm) from around his waist in eight weeks through healthy eating and cross fit-style boot camps.

EON Foundation urging support for expansion of successful community garden program

19 January 2015

A not-for-profit organisation that works to ensure thousands of Aboriginal children in remote communities can eat fresh fruit and vegetables is succeeding in closing Australia's health gap.

Dietitians and nurses oppose fresh food GST

15 January 2015

The peak bodies for dietitians, nurses and midwives have warned that a proposal to expand the GST to fresh foods will lead to poor health for Indigenous Australians, low income earners, and pensioners.

Sydney Swans star and domestic violence crusader Adam Goodes weighs a career in politics

6 January 2015

Adam Goodes is considering a career in politics after he finishes playing Australian Football, with the Sydney Swans veteran and outgoing Australian of the year determined to 'make a difference' to social problems like domestic violence and racism.

Indigenous community in Beswick to grow bush tucker plants in revamped nursery

17 December 2014

The Northern Territory community of Beswick is offering local Elders and school children the opportunity to be involved in a horticulture program at the local nursery, which will demonstrate how to grow your own food, and learn about bush tucker.

Health Star Rating System website re-launched

15 December 2014

Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has re-launched a system for rating the healthiness of food, after originally shutting down a website that promoted the scheme.

Food security plan for South Australia's Indigenous communities finishes early

8 December 2014

A long-term plan to improve food security in South Australia's remote Indigenous communities will finish two years earlier than first planned.

New resources to improve nutrition communication in remote communities

2 December 2014

A new resource package focused on improving health communication and practices in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will help to strengthen efforts to support good nutrition, health and wellbeing.

Joint winners for the 2014 EduGrow school garden awards

28 November 2014

Gawa Christian School and Shepherdson College, in the Northern Territory (NT), were announced the joint winners of the grand prize of the 2014 EduGrow school garden awards in a ceremony held at Shepherdson College last week.

Indigenous storytelling garden to provide benefits to local community

27 November 2014

Reverse Garbage, a creative reuse centre, and Billyara Aboriginal Art have transformed a run down garden area into a thriving and colourful community space with Indigenous designs, patterns and colours by award winning Indigenous artist, Brett Parker.

Newman's Own Foundation nutrition grants announced

24 November 2014

The Newman's Own Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2014 Newman's Own nutrition grants, with 22 organisations to receive funding.

Rehabilitation programs aim to close the gap

21 November 2014

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Centre, based in New South Wales (NSW), has started two rehabilitation programs in the hope of attracting more Indigenous patients to their services.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council seeking healthy caterers

12 November 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is seeking expressions of interest from local businesses who are able to supply healthy catering options that meet the requirements of the Apunipima healthy catering guidelines.

Tiwi Ashes raising funds and awareness to improve the wellbeing of Tiwi youth

12 November 2014

The Tiwi Ashes, held every year in Melville Island in the Arafura Sea, 100km north of Darwin, is promoting better health for the local Indigenous community, with a focus on education, gardening, fresh food and cooking.

Dr Calma urges support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survey

11 November 2014

Specially trained interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have started collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

Nutrition is key to closing the Indigenous life expectancy gap

6 November 2014

Experts in the field of Indigenous health are urging a greater focus on nutrition as one of the most important determinants of health.

Study helping Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders eat more greens

5 November 2014

University of Adelaide research is helping Pacific Islander and Indigenous Australians to eat more 'greens' to improve their nutrition and combat diet-related diseases.

World diabetes day 2014

4 November 2014

This World diabetes day (WDD), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is underlining the importance of simple, cost effective interventions such as healthy breakfasts, to lessen the global burden of diabetes, and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs.

Nutrition inspiring Indigenous women on Elcho Island

3 November 2014

A group of Yolngu women from Elcho Island, Northern Territory, are on a quest to improve their health and the health of their community by improving their diet.

Healthy messages promoted at Lockhart Health check expo

28 October 2014

There were a number of special guest appearances at the recent Lockhart Health check expo in Queensland (Qld) last week.

$14.8m from the Aboriginals benefit account to go towards local projects in the Northern Territory

27 October 2014

Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from funding announced for 34 local projects supported by more than $14.8 million from the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA).

Mapoon gets involved in National nutrition week

20 October 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's health promotions team cooked up a hearty meal for National nutrition week in Mapoon, Queensland (Qld).

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.

25 years of Heart Foundation Tick program

14 October 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Heart Foundation's Tick program, a public health initiative undertaken to help consumers make healthier food choices and to drive critically important changes to the food supply.

New community store brings benefits to remote Bulman

8 October 2014

A new community store is taking shape in the remote community of Bulman in the Northern Territory (NT), the Bulman Community Store.

Napranum takes part in Deadly choices community day

7 October 2014

The community of Napranum in Queensland (Qld) recently hosted a Deadly choices community day, which saw over 100 people join the Deadly choices program team at the event to learn how they could make better lifestyle choices and improve their health.

Arnhem Land student's micro enterprise turns 'deadly beef stew' into cash for a school oval

2 October 2014

High school students in remote Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT), have begun a pioneering micro enterprise program, cooking and selling nutritious meals such as 'deadly beef stew' to fund the costs of clearing and grading land for a sporting oval.

New Department of Health education resources to cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease

30 September 2014

A new education resource has been released by the Department of Health to encourage Indigenous communities to drink water instead of sugary drinks to help cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease.

National nutrition week 2014

30 September 2014

Nutrition Australia is encouraging all Australians to get involved with the 2014 National nutrition week, which runs from 12-18 October.

Homelands gardens developed at Ulpanyali

24 September 2014

The people of Ulpantali, Northern Territory (NT) have been involved in a project over the past few years that aims to put in place a number of wicking beds to enable people to readily grow food where they live.

Community gardens grow in value to the people of St Pauls

23 September 2014

The gardens at St Paul on Mao Island in the Torres Strait have played an important role in the life of the community of the island, and are set to grow in value.

Apunipima highlighting nutrition messages at Mapoon family fun day

22 September 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council attended the recent Mapoon family fun day in Mapoon, Queensland (Qld) to highlight healthy eating and lifestyle messages for local children.

Cherbourg school cooks up healthy plan for better learning

16 September 2014

Cherbourg State School in the South Burnett, Queensland (Qld), hired a chef and apprentice at the start of the school year to help counteract childhood obesity, health problems and learning difficulties among students.

Aboriginal Elders to establish community garden

15 September 2014

A community garden will be established in Narromine, New South Wales (NSW), thanks to a partnership between Narromine Shire Council and the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation.

NSW knockout health challenge boosts fitness

9 September 2014

A health promotion program organised by New South Wales (NSW) Health in conjunction with NSW Rugby League has seen participants make positive changes to both their health and lifestyles.

Purchase of roadhouse to offer food security for remote Pilbara communities

3 September 2014

The remote Indigenous communities of Warralong and Irrungadji in Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region, look set to secure cheaper fresh food, following the sale of the Nullagine Roadhouse.

Healthy messages at Awin Udnum recipe book launch

1 September 2014

The Awin Udnum recipe book was launched recently in Kowanyama by Apunipima Cape York Health Council, as part of the Awin Udnum project.

Funding boost for Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA

20 August 2014

Dated posted: 20 August 2014 The Australian Government has this week announced a further $300,000 for the completion of the Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA business redevelopment project in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia.

LiveLighter program launched in Victoria

19 August 2014

Cancer Council Victoria and the Heart Foundation, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), are launching a campaign to encourage Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to make small changes to their eating habits for better health and wellbeing.

Napranum community to benefit from new supermarket

18 August 2014

A new supermarket opened in Napranum, Queensland, is being hailed as a shift from government control to community responsibility.

Apunipima partnering with New Island & Cape store in Napranum

12 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is next week partnering with Island Cape (I C) to promote the Healthy choice shelf labelling system at the opening of their new Napranum store.

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.

Walkabout kitchen delivers healthy eating programs to Indigenous community

11 August 2014

Hunter New England (HNE) Local Health District together with the New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) has launched the Walkabout kitchen project to promote the importance of healthy eating in the prevention of chronic disease for Indigenous people.

Launch of the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

1 August 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) have launched the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.

Healthy bones action week aims to place spotlight on bone health and osteoporosis

1 August 2014

Healthy bones action week, an initiative of Dairy Australia, starts next week and runs from the 3rd - 10th August.

Healthy tucker message at art fair

29 July 2014

The nutrition team from Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Jimmy Little Foundation were promoting healthy lifestyles at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair last weekend.

Deadly choices ambassador promotes importance of healthy decisions

28 July 2014

Deadly choices ambassador and former Brisbane Broncos star, Scott Prince spoke at the Mount Isa health expo on Friday, outlining the importance of making healthy choices, using rugby league, and his profile as a sportsman, to inspire Indigenous communities.

Cancer, nutrition and kidney disease the focus of new Indigenous health research funding

28 July 2014

Australia's emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers will be able to expand their work in Indigenous health following a recent funding announcement made to the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).

Soft drinks a weighty problem for Indigenous children

23 July 2014

Soft drinks are contributing significantly to increasing weight problems amongst Indigenous children, according to research presented this week at a Darwin seminar hosted by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association.

PHAIWA running 'HealthySelfie' competition

21 July 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is running a 'HealthySelfie' competition, aiming to showcase people across Western Australia (WA) taking part in healthy activities.

Film documents community's journey to health

14 July 2014

A film documenting one of Australia's most remote Indigenous community's journey to health premiered during the NAIDOC celebrations this week.

Elders judge Koori cook-off at Windang

14 July 2014

A number of traditional meals were served up as part of a Koori cook-off held last week at Windang, New South Wales (NSW).

Fresh chance for battling kids

11 July 2014

A new parent-and-child centre was this week opened at South Hedland Primary School, offering parenting classes, play groups and health checks for vulnerable children.

Healthy cooking in Wujal Wujal

7 July 2014

Children at the Bloomfield River State School, North Queensland, have had the opportunity to participate in healthy cooking lessons over the last few weeks of term.

Programs a weapon in battle against weight

1 July 2014

Residents of Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW), who are struggling with being overweight or obese, can tackle their problem with a variety of programs designed to promote health and wellbeing.

Study reveals fruit and vegetables delay onset of multiple chronic diseases

27 June 2014

In the first study of its kind, a group of international scientists have examined the role of a healthy diet in delaying the onset of multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Kickstarting a healthy transformation

25 June 2014

A young Indigenous man from Port Augusta, South Australia, has undergone an amazing transformation, trading fast food and videogames for the gym and a healthy diet, and losing 30kgs in the process.

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.

Ngargin doctors program aiming to reduce Indigenous health gap

24 June 2014

A new program aims to tackle long-term poor health in some Indigenous communities in New South Wales by arming young leaders with a knowledge of hygiene, health and bush medicine.

Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour to visit Arnhem Land

17 June 2014

The Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour will be travelling to a number of communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) later this month.

Study finds high rates of stomach obesity for Indigenous children

16 June 2014

A recent study conducted by the University of Sydney has found stomach obesity in Indigenous children is increasing at double the rate of their non-Indigenous peers.

Dead or deadly program changing lives of local Indigenous women

11 June 2014

The Dead or deadly health and wellbeing program, run through Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, is making a positive change for Indigenous women in the community of Nowra, by tackling issues of health and personal and family wellbeing.

Innovative nutrition promotion for Indigenous communities in NT, QLD and WA

30 May 2014

A Central Australian nutritionist is employing innovative ways to get Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT), Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) to get excited about healthy foods.

World Diabetes Day 2014: healthy living and diabetes

19 May 2014

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that aims to engage millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness, held on 14th November each year.

FOODcents week

19 May 2014

This week marks the start of the FOODcents week in Western Australia (WA), which is dedicated to raising awareness of the FOODcents program.

Monthly cook-off supporting young Indigenous children

12 May 2014

The Ganyjuu Family Support Centre, a Brisbane-based Indigenous family support agency funded by the Queensland government, is teaching household skills and good nutrition to Indigenous families via a monthly 'cook-off.' Last week, grandmothers from Logan gathered at the centre for the cook-off, which plays an important role in supporting young Indigenous children.

Sporting heroes play major role in Indigenous health project

12 May 2014

A number of Indigenous sporting heroes are assisting NSW Rugby League and NSW Health in a program engaging Aboriginal communities to target priorities of nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.

Australian health survey: nutrition first results - food and nutrients, 2011-12 released

9 May 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian health survey: nutrition first results - food and nutrients, 2011-12, with the data from the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS).

Paul Newman Foundation offering grants for nutrition projects

9 May 2014

The Paul Newman Foundation, a US Foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, is offering $US1 million in grants for Australian not-for-profit projects focused on nutrition.

Warrnambool and District Food Share feeding growing demand

28 April 2014

Warrnambool and District Food Share, a community based program of Foodbank Victoria, is on track to this year provide about 80,000 kilograms of free food to people in need in the south-west region, more than double the amount it distributed two years ago.

Spinifex community grows

28 April 2014

The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) of the Western Desert is celebrating its 25th anniversary of incorporation this year.

Native garden in Central Australian community to provide a number of benefits

16 April 2014

A remote Central Australian community has recently made a special trip to the Alice Springs Desert Park to get some expert advice on the creation of a peace garden that will consist of native plants and bush tucker.

Heart Week 2014

8 April 2014

Heart Week 2014 runs from 4 May to 10 May and provides an opportunity to highlight the problems associated with heart disease.

Pressure to address costs of fresh food in remote communities

27 March 2014

Public health experts and respected community members have added their voices to those of researchers who have recently been highlighting the plight of remote communities and their lack of affordable fresh produce.

Diabetes death rate rises in Indigenous communities

26 March 2014

Indigenous West Australians (WA) are now more than 10 times more likely to die due to diabetes than their non-Indigenous counterparts, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

School breakfast success for disadvantaged schools in NSW

25 March 2014

A school breakfast program in New South Wales is seeing positive results after being implemented in fifteen of the states most disadvantaged schools.

Beagle Bay store a success under new management

19 March 2014

Beagle Bay store on the Dampier Peninsula of Western Australia (WA) is under new management, providing employment opportunities and a bigger variety of fresh food for the local community.

Close the gap day sets focus on Indigenous healthcare

18 March 2014

Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Geelong cats promote healthy living in Warrnambool

17 March 2014

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative rsquo;s health clinic in Warrnambool, Victoria, was visited last week by members of the Geelong Cats AFL team to target obesity and smoking.

Concern about the high cost of fresh produce in remote communities

10 March 2014

There are serious concerns about the high costs of fresh produce in remote communities in Western Australia (WA), with the cost of fruit and vegetables in some of the state's Indigenous communities as much as three to four times more than supermarkets in Perth.

Calls to cut excessive salt consumption

10 March 2014

Researchers across Australia are calling for a reduction in Australia's salt consumption, with excessive consumption in modern diets highlighted as a 'killer.' The call comes at an appropriate time, as this Monday marks the start of World Salt Awareness Week (10-16 March 2014), which serves to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake in all populations throughout the world.

Heart Foundation warns of health risks as data shows Australians' average weight increasing

7 March 2014

New data from the Australian Heart Foundation shows the weight of the average Australian adult has increased by more than five and half kilograms (kgs) over the past 25 years.

Community food grants program to finish

5 March 2014

The Federal Government has recently announced the end of the $1.5 million Community food grants program, due to the current fiscal environment.

Latest funding round for Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) announced

4 March 2014

The latest funding round for the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was announced this week, with $2.5 million going to initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT).

Vibe 3on3 event encouraging healthy lifestyles with action packed activities

28 February 2014

The town of Leeton in Victoria is to host the upcoming Vibe3on3 event on Saturday, a traveling sport and music festival.

Mobivators forum encouraging healthy lifestyle choices

17 February 2014

Mobivators, an online forum where people share healthy food and meal choices is encouraging Indigenous communities to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Get involved in Australia's healthy weight week

17 February 2014

Australia's healthy weight week (AHWW) runs from the 17-23rd February 2014, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Skinnyfish Music promoting the benefits of bush tucker

5 February 2014

Skinnyfish Music, an Indigenous music label, are using their connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities, and have released another video, this time promoting the benefits of bush tucker.

Adam Goodes awarded 2014 Australian of the Year

28 January 2014

Indigenous AFL player and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes was named the 2014 Australian of the Year this Sunday.

More deadly tucker cookbook aiming to improve Indigenous health

15 January 2014

A cookbook developed with the help of Edith Cowan University (ECU) nutritionists is aiming to cut the rates of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians, by providing easy to cook meals that are high in nutrition.

Kenmore Park orchard improving food security on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

14 January 2014

An orchard planted by an elderly couple in the remote town of Kenmore Park is providing locally-produced food and employment opportunities to the Indigenous residents of the community.

Short films delivering positive health messages in remote Indigenous communities

8 January 2014

A Darwin-based record company, Skinnyfish Music, is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities.

Mossman Gorge football players role models for healthy lifestyles

6 January 2014

Mossman Gorge football players recently completed a 10 week Healthy Lifestyle nutrition and fitness program that promoted and encouraged healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and physical activity.

Local bush food celebrated at a Broome festival

17 December 2013

People in Broome recently came together to celebrate local bush food as part of Terra Madre Day, an annual festival of local, slow foods with hundreds of events held in locations around the world.

Indigenous chefs succeeding in native bush food kitchen

13 December 2013

Through the combined efforts of the Outback Academy, Woolkabunning Kiaka and the South West Institute of Technology, there's a new generation of Indigenous chefs specialising in native bush foods.

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.

Native Kakadu plum part of new UWA study

10 December 2013

A native Australian fruit, the Kakadu plum, will be studied as part of a University of Western Australia (UWA)-led project to explore the fruit's viability as a cash crop for Indigenous communities.

Food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples policy released

10 December 2013

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.

Riverside Primary School winning awards with Healthy food choices project

3 December 2013

Riverside Primary School has been recognised for their project, Healthy food choices, which commits to changing children's unhealthy food habits, with a Partnership acceptance learning sharing (PALS) health award.

Environmental trust grant awarded to Trangie Central School

3 December 2013

Trangie Central School (TCS) has been announced as one of the recipients of the $1.1 million NSW Environmental trust grants awarded to schools and researchers.

Students put cooking skills to the test

2 December 2013

Students from five Kimberley schools have put their culinary skills to the test at the second annual Kimberley Cook Off, held in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

Reopening of Laverton supermarket marks new beginning for township

29 November 2013

The remote Goldfields town of Laverton in Western Australia has celebrated the reopening of their supermarket, and noted its importance as a healing of the past and a new beginning for the township.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Yan Gari tucker project benefiting mums and kids

25 November 2013

Mothers in the North Coast Local Region of Queensland are creating healthier eating habits, thanks to a program run at the Gympie South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playgroup, the Yan Gari tucker project.

Winners announced for the EduGrow school garden awards 2013

25 November 2013

Shepherdson College, Galiwinku, was announced the Grand Prize winner of the EduGrow school garden awards at the EduGrow awards ceremony held at Yirrkala school last week.

Strong fathers strong families program creating healthy role models

20 November 2013

The community of Yolngu, in the Northern Territory, is successfully taking part in a program to assist young fathers to be healthy role models and active participants in the lives of their children and families.

Saibai Island gardens project blending traditional and contemporary styles

12 November 2013

Two community gardens have been established on Saibai, one of the Torres Strait Islands, in response to concerns about the availability of fresh produce on the island.

Casino schoolkids receive visit from top Indigenous chef

4 November 2013

Mark Olive, Australia's most celebrated Indigenous chef and known as The Black Olive, visited Casino Public School in late October.

Oral health receives focus at community events

1 November 2013

Rural families will be encouraged to think about health and lifestyle in a series of fun day events across the New South Wales region this week.

Menzies delivers evaluation of federal chronic disease package

30 October 2013

Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians.

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.

Indigenous health advocate receives Honorary Doctorate

17 October 2013

Long-serving Indigenous researcher and educator, Lawurrpa Maypilama has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate during Charles Darwin University's recent end-of-year graduation ceremony.

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.

Woori kids program promoting community wellbeing

15 October 2013

The Woori kids program aims to engage with the young people of Woorabinda through interactive, semi-structured educational activities that promote community wellbeing, particularly focusing around healthy living concepts.

Indigenous chef Mark Olive launches healthy food vans

14 October 2013

Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive has launched a healthy food van initiative that he hopes will improve the health of Indigenous Australians.

New diet to beat diabetes - fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter

10 October 2013

Results from three longitudinal studies have found that portion-controlled consumption of fresh whole fruits three times per week can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a quarter.

Women of the world festival celebrates Bush foods project at Banatjarl family and healing centre

2 October 2013

Ladies from all walks of life headed to the Top End town of Katherine, to attend the 'Women of the World' festival, a global event that celebrates the achievements of women, while also examining the challenges they face in everyday life.

Landmark rethink sugary drink forum to drive appetite for consumer change

2 October 2013

Leading public health experts and community organisations are gathering in Melbourne on 2 October 2013 to discuss the growing health risks associated with Australians' high consumption of sugary drinks and to discuss policy options to reduce consumption.

EduGrow school garden awards open for 2013

24 September 2013

The EduGrow school garden awards are now open for 2013 to all schools in East Arnhem and Mamaruni School, Minjilang.

Malpa young doctors project a success in Utopia

22 September 2013

An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.

Royal Flying Doctor Service delivering healthier outcomes for remote communities

20 September 2013

Best-known for its medical support in the bush, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is also committed to providing programs to improve the health and well being of remote communities.

Improving food security in Areyonga

18 September 2013

The community of Areyonga now have access to a greater range of healthy and affordable food, thanks to new support from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

Beat it program changing bad health habits for Hopevale residents

9 September 2013

Eighteen Hopevale residents graduated from the 12 week Beat it program late last month.

Online Larrakia seasonal calendar launched

3 September 2013

The Larrakia Traditional Owners and CSIRO have launched an online calendar detailing Aboriginal seasonal knowledge in the Darwin area of the Northern Territory (NT).

Deadly community kitchen promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices

27 August 2013

South Western Melbourne Medicare Local's (SWMML) Deadly community kitchen is bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members from Wyndham and Hobsons Bay in Victoria, to cook and socialise.

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.

New resource package to promote nutrition in remote communities

5 August 2013

A new resource package focused on improving nutrition in remote stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will help to address the poor state of diets in remote Indigenous populations.

World Breastfeeding Week 2013

1 August 2013

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2013 runs from 1-7 August.

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.

Subsidised fruit and vegetable scheme improves children's health and significantly reduces antibiotic use

22 July 2013

A new study in New South Wales has found providing subsidised fruit and vegetable to low-income Indigenous families improved the children's levels of haemoglobin, and reduced emergency department attendances and hospital visits for illness.

New 'Get up and grow' resources promote healthy eating and physical activity to kids

18 July 2013

New resources to assist childcare workers, families and carers in promoting healthy food and physical activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids are now available.

Geelong AFL Cats promote the Deadly choices message

17 July 2013

The Geelong Football Club (the Geelong Cats) will run programs in Victoria to share anti-smoking, smoke-free and healthy lifestyle messages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Cooking program teaches Aboriginal children to prepare and cook healthy bush tucker

11 July 2013

Corey Grech from the Kool purple kookas cooking program with support from an Aboriginal caf eacute; in Redfern in Sydney is teaching Aboriginal children to cook and prepare healthy food using bush tucker like kangaroo, crocodile and emu.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Toddler tucker program launched

20 May 2013

Former West Coast Eagles player and father David Wirrpanda is dishing out support for a healthy lifestyle campaign aimed at Indigenous parents and toddlers.

Yamba's Roadshow on tour again

17 April 2013

Deadly Awards finalist for outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Yamba the honeyant, will be taking his healthy messages on the road again when he and best friend Jacinta Price begin touring their hit stage musical Yamba's Roadshow in Queensland (Qld) and the Northern Territory (NT) next week.

Research reveals concerning nutrition outcomes in remote communities

15 April 2013

Some remote Indigenous communities are spending as little as 2.2 per cent of total food expenditure on fruit and just 5.4 per cent on vegetables according to a study by the Menzies School of Health Research, published in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.

Top restaurants join the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI)

19 March 2013

The National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI) has garnered the support of a number of top restaurants including Tetsuys's, Aria and Bistro Moncur to join their accredited training program.

Aboriginal Literacy Foundation to give away 80,000 new books

11 March 2013

Minimbah Primary School students have become the first in the nation to receive a pack of books encouraging healthy living after hosting the launch of the series last week.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Clayton garden provides food and medicine

12 December 2012

An Aboriginal garden has been created in a corner of Monash University's Clayton campus.

A healthy approach at Waminda

3 December 2012

In the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast, the Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation has introduced a program to improve women's health.

Beswick Nursery a new source of employment and local produce

29 November 2012

A revamp of a remote Aboriginal community's plant nursery is providing a new source of employment for young people, as well as fresh local produce for the community store.

Plenty healthy!

29 November 2012

Plenty Valley Community Health, in partnership with the local Indigenous community in the Whittlesea area of Victoria, is running a project called Feedin' the mob.

New bush foods in FSANZ database

20 November 2012

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has added 14 new Indigenous foods to the nutrition panel calculator (NPC).

Partnership has the right ingredients for Aboriginal health

13 November 2012

Aboriginal training organisation Tauondi College, with project partners the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and South Australia Health, has set up the Live longer! mobile training van project which aims to help prevent chronic disease in Indigenous communities across South Australia by providing free two-day training courses in healthy eating, nutrition and horticulture.

EON Foundation Director nominated as WA State Finalist in 2013 Australia's Local Hero Award

8 November 2012

Caroline de Mori, an Indigenous health advocate and founder of the Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation Inc., has been nominated as a Western Australian (WA) State Finalist for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Award.

Improved access to healthy food in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities

29 October 2012

The Federal Government has announced the expansion of the stores licensing scheme in the Northern Territory.

Stephanie Alexander's most remote kitchen garden school: Rawa Community School

17 October 2012

The Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program has been implemented in a variety of school settings throughout Australia.

Inmates and correctional staff raise funds for Red Dust health promotion programs

16 October 2012

More than $80,000 was raised for Indigenous charity group Red Dust Role Models during the recent national Walkabout week.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

ACT Labor plan to phase out sugary drinks in primary schools

29 August 2012

ACT Labor is promising extra cash for schools that phase out sugary drinks if it is re-elected to government in October.

Top Sydney chefs join to mentor Indigenous trainee chefs

28 August 2012

A group of top chefs have decided to do something constructive to address Indigenous unemployment - they have assembled the National Indigenous Culinary Institute apprenticeship scheme.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Community walks encourage good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle

15 August 2012

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Healthy community healthy life project is encouraging physical activity, good nutrition, and the importance of health checks though a series of walks around communities.

NT grant funding for environmental and food gardening projects

3 August 2012

Environmental health, sustainable housing, composting, edible gardens and climate change are the focus of some of the projects that have just won government funding in the Northern Territory (NT).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Don Burke to join Indigenous garden box project launch

29 May 2012

Gardening guru, Don Burke attended the launch of the Indigenous garden box project with the Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Bush delicacies on the menu

29 May 2012

A taste of reconciliation was about showing people they could cook and enjoy their own bush food as well as talk about reconciliation around the table, says National Reconciliation Week organiser Donna Moodie.

Fruit restores hearing for the Aboriginal children of Baryulgil

23 May 2012

A fruit-based nutrition program in an Aboriginal community has provided a cure to chronic suppurative otitis media, a disease that causes deafness.

Healthy eating on the menu in north west

15 May 2012

It is hoped the success of a healthy food program at Walgett and Lightning Ridge will encourage more businesses to make healthy changes to their menus.

New cookbook a recipe for better Indigenous health

15 May 2012

A group of Indigenous women in far north Queensland are hoping to help close the health gap by teaching locals how to cook with traditional ingredients and techniques.

Bush tucker at Mundulla primary school

10 May 2012

The students at Mundulla primary school decided they needed to do something to brighten up the front of their school.

Fruit could help protect against cancer

4 May 2012

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is hoping to further study the traditional bush fruit gubinge after laboratory tests indicated it may help protect the human body against cancer.

Healthy living week one - Lajamanu

16 April 2012

After a nine hour road trip through some of the most beautiful remote country, which features abundant wildlife with everything from brolgas to death adders, the Red Dust team made its way to Lajamanu.

Report highlights food supply worries in APY lands

12 April 2012

A report has confirmed many people in the remote Aboriginal lands of South Australia continue to struggle with high food prices.

South Hedland Primary School celebrates Close the Gap Day

12 April 2012

South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.

Expansion of EON's 'edible gardens' in remote WA communities

4 April 2012

The EON Thriving communities project has been awarded over $1.6 million under the Royalties for regions action agenda.

Musician and health ambassador Jimmy Little passes away

2 April 2012

Dr Jimmy Little, the first Indigenous performer to top Australia's pop music charts, and an ambassador for Indigenous health, has died at the age of 75.

Outback water bubbler trials target soft drinks

29 March 2012

A federal government department will trial water bubblers in five central Australian communities in an effort to reduce soft drink consumption.

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Nation-wide grants announced for research into preventive health

6 March 2012

Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.

NT and regional WA wise up to weight loss

24 January 2012

Nutritionists in the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia are amongst those urging locals to take up the 'one change at a time' challenge, the theme for 2012's Australia Healthy Weight Week.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

New Indigenous exercise and nutrition programs

6 December 2011

The Australian Government has today announced the recipients of the third round of its Healthy communities initiative funding.

Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

23 November 2011

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.

Aboriginal community foodies recognised in SA health awards

22 November 2011

The hard work and commitment to community demonstrated by the team that runs the Aboriginal community foodies program was recognised at the 2011 South Australia (SA) Health Awards this week.

Sports stars talk fitness at the Deadlys

17 November 2011

Indigenous sports stars at this year's Deadly Awards were keen to talk about how sport and physical activity has opened the doors to a positive and healthy life.

Recognition for NT horticulture and landcare project

11 November 2011

A horticulture project from the Roper Gulf Shire Council has received major recognition, winning the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 Northern Territory (NT) Landcare Awards.

Next steps for Australia's first national food plan

28 October 2011

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced on 27 October 2011, the next steps for developing Australia's first National food plan which will ensure that the government's policy settings are right for Australia over the short, medium and long-term.

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.

APY health plan push

22 September 2011

The women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (APY) Lands are pressing ahead with a voluntary healthy food scheme which the SA Government has declined to support.

New health promotion resource to help close the gap

7 September 2011

A comprehensive health promotion pack to combat the risk factors for chronic disease and help close the gap in life expectancy, is now available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

APY residents become the fresh food people

30 August 2011

A new program aimed at reducing prices for fresh food is underway in two remote communities in outback South Australia.

Nutrition website launched for Indigenous kids

29 August 2011

The Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF) has launched a new interactive website called Thumbs up! to promote healthy eating to Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

Phase 2 funding available for local community campaigns

27 June 2011

Phase 2 funding for programs to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health opened on 13 June 2011 as part of the Get active eat good tucker live longer national program.

VicHealth Food for all 2005-2010: program evaluation report launched

3 June 2011

VicHealth has launched the Food For All 2005-2010: Program Evaluation Report.

NT Indigenous business network launched

2 June 2011

The Northern Territory (NT) Indigenous Business Network was launched in May 2011, and aims to provide a representative voice for Indigenous owned and operated businesses at a Territory, State, Federal and International level.

New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians

30 May 2011

Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.

Report finds stores licensing delivers healthier food to remote Indigenous communities

25 May 2011

An independent report has found stores licensing in the Northern Territory has helped people in remote communities to have better access to healthy, affordable food.

Fresh from Cherbourg

9 November 2010

Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle, members of the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Elders and residents recently inspected Cherbourg Fresh, a new enterprise that is supplying fresh produce to markets as far away as Sydney.

New website available to promote self management of diabetes among Indigenous people

29 April 2010

A new website is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and health workers to promote self management of type 2 diabetes.

Report of remote stores inquiry tabled in Parliament

17 November 2009

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has tabled the report of its inquiry into remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stores entitled Everybody's Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores.

Jimmy Little memorial service and concert, May 3rd

A state memorial service and a celebration concert in honour of the late James Oswald Little AO (Jimmy Little) will take place on Thursday 3 May at the Sydney Opera House.

EON thriving communities program update

The Eon thriving communities program provides practical, hands-on health and hygiene education as well as assisting in the development of community gardens for several remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.

Heart Foundation warns access to healthy, fresh food is a major barrier to health

The National Heart Foundation Cultural Lead, Vicki Wade, has welcomed the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) nutrition data released recently, but warned that access to healthy, fresh food is a major barrier to health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Nutritionists warn gap won't close if Indigenous diet doesn't improve

Australian nutritionists are warning that an emphasis on nutrition, and not just smoking and drinking, is required in Indigenous communities for the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to close.

Cultural centre to bring new beginning for massacre site

On the 180th anniversary of the Pinjarra massacre, the Noongar community has opened a new cultural centre near where their ancestors were killed.

Project compassion to focus this year on nutrition

Project compassion, Caritas Australia's annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, which aims to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity for some of the world's poorest communities, has announced their theme for 2015 is Food for life.
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