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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 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:

The project is designed to involve remote Aboriginal communities in the decision-making processes and support community store committees and food reference groups to:

Some key research findings include:

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
Rocklands Drive
Tiwi NT 0810
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8577

Related publications

Good Food Systems information sheets (2017)

Menzies School of Health Research

Good nutrition throughout life is fundamental to good health and wellbeing. Remote communities are in a unique position to build a strong food system due to their size, collective sense of community and store ownership arrangements. Working together to build a strong food system for good nutrition is essential to overcome many obstacles faced by remote communities such as isolation, costs of food, short term programs, and limited access to resources to support decision making.

These information sheets provide an overview of the Good Food Systems Project carried out in four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The information sheets include information on how to form a multi-stakeholder Good Food Group in a community and a description of practical, interactive planning and monitoring tools which support decision making.

Menzies School of Health Research abstract

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


Last updated: 10 August 2017
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