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Good Food Systems Project
Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) implemented the Good Food Systems Project to help increase the availability, affordability and accessibility of healthy food in remote Aboriginal communities.
The project aimed to improve the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, health professionals and store employees to plan, monitor and take action to improve their food supply and people's access to food.
Four assessment tools have been developed:
- food systems assessment tool
- store sales reporting tool
- nutrition activity tracking tool
- capacity development tool.
The project is designed to involve remote Indigenous communities in the decision-making processes and support community store committees and food reference groups to:
- define best practice in supporting healthy eating in remote communities
- assess food-related practice, policy and activities in the communities against best practice
- set realistic and community specific goals for an improved food supply
- determine and implement appropriate action
- monitor and reflect on progress in improving the quality of the food supply.
Some key research findings include:
- supporting local people to co-ordinate and take a lead in facilitating meetings was important in building community capacity
- in each community, the Good food systems process and tools provided a welcome and useful structure through which people could make an assessment of progress and identify enablers or obstacles to food security
- the importance of building relationships and process of shared learning, and the time it takes to establish this - through this process people learn about different roles and responsibilities, gain insight into where there are potential opportunities for linking and support, and build an appreciation of the components of the food system.
The project was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
Dr Julie Brimblecombe
Principal Investigator/Project Leader
Menzies School of Health Research
John Matthews Building
Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
Tiwi NT 0810
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8577
Brimblecombe J, van den Boogaard C, Wood B, Liberato SC, Brown J, Barnes A, Rogers A, Coveney J, Ritchie J, Bailie R (2015)
Development of the good food planning tool: a food system approach to food security in Indigenous Australian remote communities.
Health & Place; 34: 54-62
Menzies School of Health Research (2011)
Building capacity to improve food systems for better food security [Good Food for All project updates].
Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research
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