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Edge of Nowhere (EON) Thriving Communities Program



The aim of the EON Thriving Communities Program is to promote healthy lifestyle choices to West Australian (WA) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to reduce chronic disease. The program was first piloted as the Edible Gardens Program then later renamed to reflect the Program's broader scope and involvement in remote communities.

The program takes a holistic approach to addressing the problems of food insecurity and poor nutrition in remote communities.

There are four components to the program:

The program was evaluated in 2013.

Currently, the Thriving Communities Program is being delivered to 20 communities in WA, the East Kimberley (three) Central Kimberley (six), West Kimberley (five) and the Pilbara (three). The program will be extended into the Northern Territory in 2018. The program is delivered by an EON Project Manager in the community every fortnight for five years.

Abstract adapted from Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation


Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation
2, 245 Churchill Avenue
Subiaco, WA 6008

Ph: (08) 9381 5403

Related publications

EON Foundation (2014)

Post-exit impact review of the thriving communities program in five Kimberley communities.

Perth, WA: EON Foundation

Evaluated publications

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:

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


Last updated: 17 January 2018
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