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This study aimed to 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.
The project promoted and made use of evidence based strategies of effective nutrition promotion in retail outlets, attempting to improve Indigenous health outcomes through improvements in the food supply from remote Indigenous community stores. The project additionally aimed to support 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.
The project found that working with remote community stores is challenging, as the nutritionists aim of improving food and nutrition can be in conflict with goals of food retail businesses, and there is a need to support this workforce over and above existing frameworks. However the project found the community of practice to be a successful model, as it brought about a great sense of professional support through sharing and reflecting and developed a personal career focus for participants, as well as developing competencies and effectiveness to work in remote food supply. The community of practice avoided professional isolation and promoted innovation in practice.
This project was 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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This resource is the result of a collaborative project by Monash University and Menzies School of Health Research nutrition departments, A workforce development model supporting public health nutritionists working with remote community stores - employing a community of practice.
The study aimed to provide a model for workforce development, building 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.
The resource will support other similar community of practice groups to be established to support public health nutrition workforce development.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract