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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Soft drink consumption in Aboriginal communities

 

Overview

The Soft drink consumption in Aboriginal communities project was a collaboration between the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) and Diabetes WA. The aim of the project is to investigate the extent of the soft drink consumption problems among Indigenous peoples and to identify additional policy solutions.

In 2011 Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin received advice about how to encourage people in the remote areas to consume less soft drink. One of the policy responses has been to install water bubblers in Indigenous communities. The high consumption of soft drinks and other sugary drinks are associated with a number of health problems, including overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and dental caries.

Abstract adapted from Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Contacts

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA
Faculty of Health Sciences
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Ph: (08) 9266 9078
Fax: (08) 9266 9244
Email: phaiwa@curtain.edu.au

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Last updated: 17 December 2013
 
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