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This study will provide a model for workforce development, building much needed evidence and opportunities to sustain improved nutrition and health in remote communities and in addition increase the attraction and retention of public health nutritionists in remote Australia.
Stores in remote communities have a unique role in delivering preventative health promotion strategies by influencing the primary food supply with positive impacts on Indigenous health. Past initiatives have been limited and generally not sustained and therefore health status remains well below the average for Australia.
Promoting and making use of evidence based strategies of effective nutrition promotion in retail outlets, will improve Indigenous health outcomes through improvements in the food supply from remote Indigenous community stores. Supporting public health nutritionists working in the remote food retail sector, to be able to create sustainable and effective change in the foods in remote stores is key to success.
This project is being conducted by a combined team from Monash University and Menzies School of Health Research and supported by a grant from the Australian National Preventative Health Agency.
Monash University abstract
Nutrition and Dietetics
Clayton Vic 3168
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