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This one-day event is being organised by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan (NATSINSAP) Steering Committee. The aim of the symposium is to highlight nutrition initiatives as a key way of Closing the Gap. The symposium, although targetting policy makers, is open to anyone with an interest in this area.
The way forward for Indigenous health: A focus on food and nutrition was very well attended, attracting over one hundred delegates to the one-day event.
Facilitated by Dr Norman Swan, presenter of the Health Report on ABC Radio National, presenters at the symposium reported on evidence and discussed ways in which Indigenous nutrition impacts on all aspects of Indigenous health, such as maternal and child health and food security issues.
Researchers and others delegates working in the areas of Indigenous nutrition and health were united in their conviction that nutritional initiatives must be pursued as part of a combined, intersectoral approach to closing the gap.
The HealthInfoNet cafe run by Kathy Ride was well patronised, with the free HealthInfoNet publication Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2009 being a very popular giveaway.
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