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Koori Community Kitchen Program



The Koori Community Kitchen (originally called the Tharawal Community Kitchen) was run weekly to encourage healthy eating, good nutrition and culturally appropriate meals, and to reduce the factors associated with food insecurity.

It began as a pilot program in 2008 and due to its success received further funding in 2009 from the Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools Grant Program. It is now funded by the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation.

As well as offering the opportunity to prepare, cook and taste healthy and nutritious meals, the Koori Community Kitchen enables participants to improve their knowledge in:

The program is evaluated through a series of focus groups and ongoing feedback from participants.

Other programs related to the Koori Community Kitchen are:

Abstract adapted from Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation


Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
187 Riverside Drive
Airds NSW 2560
Ph: (02) 4628 4837

Related publications

Malie S, Robertson L (2011)

Planting a seed and watching it blossom - Koori Community Kitchen making a difference.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(6): 4-7

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (2011)

Tharawal's Koori community kitchen recipe book.

Campbelltown, NSW: Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

Tharawal's Koori Community Kitchen recipe book was developed as part of the Koori Community Kitchen Program, to enable community members to share the knowledge they had gained about healthy eating and preparing healthy foods on a budget.

The recipe book contains hints on healthy eating, measuring a 'serve' and food safety as well as the favourite recipes of 18 of the particpants in the Koori Community Kitchen Program. Each recipe is accompanied by mouthwatering colour photos, and the participant's story of where they are from and what they learnt in the classes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (2009)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories: nutrition and physical activity.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). Programs ranged from cooking classes (Cooking Classes for Diabetes Program) and teaching of life skills (Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program), to community based activities (Fruit and Vegetable Program and Market Garden and Building Healthy Communities Project). Despite the diversity in health topics they all shared several features, namely all were developed and tailored to meet needs identified by the Aboriginal communities in which the ACCHSs are located, and all have taken a 'holistic' approach.

The booklet was developed, produced and distributed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) of NSW and funding was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 6 July 2016
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