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New chapter of Aboriginal history told through food

22 March 2018

The undocumented colonial history of Aboriginal food on Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland are initiating a new three year study at Flinders University.

Medical research to uncover better treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 March 2018

The Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre will receive $6.1 million over three years from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to focus on addressing the health challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The next RACGP NACCHO National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal people will examine the health effects of food insecurity

5 March 2018

The next Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) will launch the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal people in Canberra on Wednesday 28 March 2018 by Minister Ken Wyatt.

Latest nutrition review confirms that community control is critical to improve the nutritional status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

26 February 2018

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (HealthInfoNet) at Edith Cowan University has published a new Review of nutrition among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award

15 February 2018

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research leadership and excellence.

2018 Closing the gap report - outstanding recognition for EON

13 February 2018

The EON Thriving Communities Program has been recognised and featured as a successful case study in the 2018 Closing the gap report.

Poor lifestyle choices increase Western Australian healthcare costs by $900 Million

7 February 2018

West Australian (WA) people making poor lifestyle choices are driving up healthcare costs, with chronic diseases that could be avoided adding almost $900 million a year.

Nutritional research shows that Bunya nuts a key Aboriginal food older than dinosaurs

22 January 2018

The Bunya nut is a food older than the dinosaurs, and research into its nutritional value to Aboriginal people, notably the Bundjalung people of New South Wales (NSW) is being undertaken in a number of ways.

EON targets Indigenous disadvantage

17 January 2018

Growing demand from remote Aboriginal communities for the services provided by the Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation have prompted the Caroline de Mori, the chairperson to expand the business outside of Western Australia (WA) for the first time.

Active Healthy Grants Program round 3 funding opens today

12 January 2018

Round 3 of the 2017-18 North Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) Active Healthy North Queensland Grants Program opens today.

Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholarship closing before December

20 November 2017

A research scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is closing soon.

No Junk November

9 November 2017

Western Australians are encouraged to say no to unhealthy food options by participating in the Heart Foundation rsquo;s No Junk November.

Grant Nelson has a message from the heart

6 November 2017

Eight years ago, a Noongar man named Grant Nelson was showing signs of early or pre-diabetes.

Sugary Drinks Proper No Good, Drink More Water Youfla

2 November 2017

Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York, Queensland, in partnership with the Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima) have developed a new social marketing campaign.

The program helping Aboriginal children develop healthier lifestyles

26 October 2017

It's no secret a healthy lifestyle begins in the kitchen, and now a new program is bringing the kitchen into local schools.

Download free healthy choices food app and dial up good tucker for Indigenous communities

26 October 2017

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the Uncle Jimmy rsquo;s Good tucker app was easy to use and a first for remote communities.

Dietitians Association of Australia 35th National Conference abstract submission closes 7 November 2017

25 October 2017

Abstract submission for the Dietitians Association of Australia 35th National Conference will close on Tuesday 7 November 2017.

Food security position statement released

23 October 2017

On Friday 20 October, Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Far North Queensland released its Food security position statement.

Aboriginal community starts Kakadu plum plantation in Kimberley's Fitzroy Valley

16 October 2017

An Aboriginal community near Fitzroy Crossing has started up its own trial plantation of the native bush fruit known as gubinge, or Kakadu plum.

New look store for remote Aboriginal community

13 October 2017

The Barunga community in the Northern Territory (NT) has opened the doors on its new store.

Camp gives students inspiration

2 October 2017

In August a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Wellington High School in New South Wales ventured to Sydney to participate in an annual leadership program.

Health Promotion Project one way to ensure children eat healthy lunches at school

2 October 2017

Nutrition Australia New South Wales (NSW) has announced the launch of the Healthy Lunchbox Workshop as part of the Health Promotion Project, funded by NSW Health and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

Noongar food takes off as chefs embrace Geraldton wax, bottlebrush and honey ants

29 September 2017

Lemon myrtle and wattleseed are already well known to many West Australian (WA) diners mdash; but now local chefs are tapping Noongar culture to add their own hyper-local spin to the native food movement.

Aboriginal-led catering service Murnong Mammas serves up Koori ingredients in Castlemaine

18 September 2017

Bendigo based organisation Murnong Mammas, in Victoria, caters various occasions for such organisations as Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the local hospital and the council.

Healthy eating helps turn an AFL dream into reality

11 September 2017

Twelve year old Aker Athoi demonstrates that a healthy lifestyle and determination to succeed can be the recipe for achieving a sporting dream.

Healthy community day at Wujal Wujal

17 August 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima) staff are taking part in a community health event in Wujal Wujal in north Queensland today.

Focus on the food system not the individual, experts urge

11 August 2017

Meeting in Perth, Western Australia last week to discuss collective progress in four years of nutrition research at the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, chief investigators and researchers said Australian research had previously tended to focus on individuals and their health conditions rather than the wider food and nutrition systems, and on local projects rather than national level policies and processes.

Indigenous training for Queensland health workers to tackle smoking and disease

9 August 2017

Queensland healthcare workers will undergo training to help them better address the rate of smoking and disease among their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Roebourne's crafty kitchen has the right recipe

1 August 2017

A home-grown program to help Roebourne residents in Western Australia explore their creative side has been boosted by a funding commitment from a local Aboriginal organisation.

Healthy habits in Kowanyama

20 July 2017

At the RISE Women's Group last week Health Promotion Officer, Fiona Millard and Community Dietitian, Clare Brown from Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns, Queensland delivered sessions on what to eat to stay healthy.

Karijini Experience continues to show Pilbara at its best

18 July 2017

The fifth annual Karijini Experience is being hailed a success by organisers, after attracting more than a thousand visitors to the Western Australian (WA) national park in April, 2017.

Magic happens in the Walkabout Kitchen

14 July 2017

A bush tucker feast of kangaroo meat, lemon myrtle and tasty bush spices isn rsquo;t something you would traditionally find on a primary school lunch menu.

Damon Gameau talks about sugar

11 July 2017

Damon Gameau, an Australian television and film actor who directed That Sugar Film, spoke to The Anangu Lands Radio Program in South Australia.

Wait to lose weight gets longer for kids

11 July 2017

Overweight children are going on to waiting lists to join a government-funded program that helps them shed weight, get fit and eat more vegetables.

NAIDOC Week: Bush tucker calendar promotes healthy eating in Indigenous community

10 July 2017

Bush tucker is being used to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Diabetes Awareness in Pormpuraaw, Queensland

4 July 2017

During the month of June staff members from Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns, Queensland (Qld) held education and awareness activities in Pormpuraaw, Qld.

Aboriginal superhero empowering the next generation of smoke-free ambassadors

29 June 2017

A new book for pre-school children aims to increase awareness about the hazards of smoking among Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Aboriginal health retreat using bush foods and medicines a 'promising' model for improvement

29 June 2017

Wild yams and fish, traditional bush medicines, Aboriginal herbal remedies and even sand massages are all part of a holistic health program designed to turn back an epidemic of chronic disease in north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Salmonella cases soar

28 June 2017

The Goldfields-Esperance region, of Western Australia (WA) has been among the hardest hit from a surge in salmonella infections across WA that health authorities are attributing to egg product preparation.

Aboriginal community embraces hydroponic greenhouse

26 June 2017

One remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory (NT) is reaping the benefits of a hydroponic greenhouse that is being used to produce vegetables.

Major health orgs applaud NSW Health kicking the sugar habit

23 June 2017

Rethink Sugary Drink, an alliance of Australia rsquo;s leading health and community organisations, has congratulated New South Wales (NSW) Health for announcing it will phase out sugary drinks from all of its facilities in the next six months as part of its Healthy choices in health facilities policy.

Aboriginal culture shines at Coodanup College's NAIDOC celebrations

23 June 2017

Aboriginal dancing, face painting, craft workshops and traditional Indigenous food took over Coodanup College on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Kicking goals for Indigenous health

8 June 2017

The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) has teamed up with Port Adelaide Football Club to deliver a unique program aimed at improving health outcomes in the state.

Walking the bay more than just exercise for the Shorncliffe Shufflers

24 May 2017

Along the shore of Queensland's Moreton Bay, a group of walkers young and old stride out each week - not only for health benefits but for friendship that spans generations.

Beyond the clinic collaboration in Coen

23 May 2017

In the remote Cape York community of Coen in Queensland, aged care staff drive around the community every morning, picking up people from their homes to come and have breakfast at the St John Community Care Centre.

Orange Aboriginal Medical Service charging ahead to expand its offerings

17 May 2017

The Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) in New South Wales is charging ahead to expand its offerings, all it needs now is a little more funding.

Budget 2017-18: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

10 May 2017

To assist you in finding Budget information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has made the task easier for you.

My Life, My Lead consultation inviting submissions on the social and cultural determinants of health

21 April 2017

The Department of Health is inviting submissions from organisations and individuals on the social and cultural determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Deadly Choices expand as Brisbane Broncos bring healthy eating message to Cape York

13 April 2017

For residents from the Cape York community of Coen, in Queensland getting access to fresh food isn't a simple task like driving to the local supermarket.

Indigenous community celebrates record harvest from Kakadu plum plantation in WA's Kimberley

12 April 2017

An Indigenous community in Western Australia (WA) is celebrating a record harvest from the state's only commercial plantation of gubinge, picking nearly double last year's crop of the native bush fruit.

Refuge opens up opportunities for women

5 April 2017

The Kalumburu, Western Australia, Strong Women rsquo;s Centre is not just a women rsquo;s refuge, it has become a hub for education, advocacy and increasingly in employment.

Program for Indigenous youth in Mount Isa promotes healthy choices/Deadly Choices means healthy choices

3 April 2017

Two organisations in North Queensland are running a program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Mount Isa in an attempt to 'close the gap' in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.

Early childhood the key to improving Indigenous health

3 April 2017

A major study into the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has found programs and policies to promote healthy weight should target children as young as three.

Traditional food trends in remote Northern Territory communities

29 March 2017

The majority of Aboriginal people living in remote Northern Territory communities are regularly using traditional foods in their diets according to research from Menzies School of Health Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health today.

NAIDOC Week funding grant is now open

28 March 2017

NAIDOC Week 2017 will run from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July 2017 and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

New workshops about heart health for women of North Coast NSW

27 March 2017

A series of workshops is being held in Northern New South Wales (NSW) to raise awareness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of the risk factors for heart disease.

Free webinar for chronic disease workers

23 March 2017

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet invites you to attend a free webinar on Wednesday 29 March 2017 about the HealthInfoNet rsquo;s new Chronic Disease Workforce Portal.

Short films to deliver health messages in remote Indigenous communities where soft drink is cheaper than water

20 March 2017

A Darwin-based record company is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Healthy kids in the cape!

14 March 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's staff were busy last week coordinating the Healthy Kids programme across Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Lockhart River in Queensland.

Hope Vale Island and Cape store promoting healthy choices for kids at school

13 March 2017

Hope Vale Island and Cape store is making healthy choices the easy choice for kids at school.

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.

Sugar consumption is critical to reducing chronic health conditions, including diabetes says NACCHO

2 March 2017

Matthew Cooke, the Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has expressed his reservations about a sugar tax.

Deadly Choices program in Mount Isa

1 March 2017

Gidgee Healing and Young People Ahead (YPA) are collaborating in 2017 to deliver the eight week Deadly Choices Education Program to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Mount Isa community in Queensland.

Culture and fun at Karijini

22 February 2017

The program for the fifth annual Karijini Experience features an impressive line-up of cultural, culinary and family events.

Mossman Gorge teams up for health

21 February 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre team visited the Mossman Gorge Visitors Centre on Valentine rsquo;s Day as part of a Visitor Centre health check initiative.

Healthy tuckshop in Kowanyama

21 February 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's nutrition team as well two nutrition and dietetics students worked in partnership with Kowanyama State School to develop a healthy menu for the new tuckshop.

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

Australia's Healthy Weight Week 2017

13 February 2017

Today marks the start of Australia's Healthy Weight Week (AHHW) 2017, this week is all about getting the right advice and support for those people aiming to be a healthy weight.

Giving students cooking skills to support lifelong healthy eating

9 February 2017

Male students at Weipa rsquo;s Western Cape College Residential Campus have the opportunity to learn practical skills in the kitchen with the aim to support lifelong healthy eating habits.

Australia's Healthy Weight Week event for dietitians

24 January 2017

Nutrition Australia Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is pleased to announce Australian's Healthy Weight Week continuing professional development event for dietitians.

Skutta Tucker Indigenous health star rating helps improve Aboriginal diets

13 December 2016

A new food labelling system is helping Indigenous people in remote communities make healthier food choices.

Cigarettes favoured over fruit in outback

21 November 2016

The government-owned company which manages a network of outback stores says tobacco sales remain high as it seeks to improve Aboriginal health.

Fruit sales are up in Indigenous outback stores

11 November 2016

Fruit and vegetable sales have gone up slightly in outback stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Indigenous Australians consuming too much added sugar

2 November 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people consume around 14% of their total energy intake as free sugars, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Kids cook up a storm at the EON Interschool Cooking Competition in the Pilbara

28 October 2016

The EON Interschool Cooking Competition was recently held in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), through a partnership between Pilbara Population Health, Foodbank WA, EON Foundation, Earbus Foundation and Youth Involvement Council (YIC).

New Bulla store offering healthy food options for locals

26 October 2016

The community of Bulla, south-west of Darwin in the Northern Territory (NT), has a new community store thanks to funding from the Aboriginal Benefits Account.

Invitation to complete a survey on dietary assessment methods

24 October 2016

A research team at the University of Newcastle are conducting an online survey looking at methods used to assess dietary intakes in Australia.

New report shows people can ill afford food insecurity in rural and remote Australia

19 October 2016

More than one million people cannot afford to eat a healthy diet either occasionally, or regularly in Australia today, according to a report released this week.

Try for 5 during National Nutrition Week 16-22 October

6 October 2016

National Nutrition Week (NNW) is taking place from 16 to 22 October 2016 and the message this year is to Take the try for 5 challenge during NNW.

Take the pledge to eat more fruit and veg during National Nutrition Week

29 September 2016

Did you know that less than 4% if Australia eat enough vegetable each day? In fact the average person only eats half?  Sign up to the Try For 5 challenge today and get the motivation and inspiration to create new healthy eating habits.

Promoting health and wellbeing in remote communities

16 September 2016

Northern Territory's transmission and distribution company is helping educate locals about positive lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing a chronic disease.

ALPA nationally recognised for their many achievements

16 September 2016

The Arnhem Land Aboriginal Progress Corporation (ALPA) is an Aboriginal owned and controlled corporation that has been operating for more than 40 years in the Northern Territory (NT).

Bouncing back: food and game help disadvantaged youth

15 September 2016

Sydney's Charity Bounce has launched a sport and nutrition program that aims to empower disadvantaged youth with the physical strength of basketball and mental strength of good nutrition.

NBL legends join Charity Bounce for hand on outreach in Redfern

15 September 2016

In the two months since Charity Bounce launched it has touched the lives of nearly 1000 disadvantaged and Indigenous youth from Western and inner Sydney in New South Wales (NSW) and even interstate to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.

Invitation to participate in Food Pricing Policy Study

12 September 2016

Menzies School of Health Research are conducting the Food Pricing Policy Study to find out about the types of food pricing policies in remote community stores aimed at improving health and how the policies are proposed and implemented.

That sugar film working with Indigenous communities to lower sugar consumption

8 September 2016

Australia's most vulnerable communities are set to reduce sugar consumption thanks to an inspirational project led by the makers of Australia's highest grossing documentary, That sugar film.

Inspiring local Aboriginal community leaders to talk more about rethinking sugary drink messages

5 September 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) has partnered with Heart Foundation through LiveLighter to raise awareness of the significant health problems associated with sugary drink consumption across Aboriginal WA communities.

Cooking up a healthy storm in Fitzroy Crossing

31 August 2016

A healthy eating plan in remote Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is putting a new spring in the step of community members who have struggled with conditions from diabetes to weight gain.

Australia's Indigenous community hurting in the heart

31 August 2016

The Heart Foundation last week launched Australian Heart Maps, which is an online resource highlighting how indicators for heart disease are distributed throughout Australia.

Diabetes Educators go for gold

25 August 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Diabetes team are helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York, Queensland, living with type 2 diabetes to take charge of their condition and come up with solutions to balance their blood sugar.

Diabetes Care Blacktown tackling disease at the source

18 August 2016

Definition Health Club in Blacktown, New South Wales (NSW), is an organisation that is helping redefine diabetes treatment in the heart of an epidemic. Diabetes NSW ranked Blacktown the number one diabetes hot spot in the State.

Healthy food on the menu in Aurukun

18 August 2016

Cauliflower sushi, chicken soup and apple and muesli cups are being whipped up in Aurukun homes after the Island Cape retail store hosted cooking demonstrations as part of Diabetes Week.  Island Cape Retail Enterprises nutritionist, Tracey Fitzgibbon, was in the Cape York community last week educating residents and staff about healthy eating and preventing diabetes.  'I am a volunteer speaker with Diabetes Queensland so took the opportunity to talk to the Island Cape staff about assessing their risk for type 2 diabetes,' she said.  'We set up a sugar display highlighting the difference between foods such as soft drink which were high in sugar and foods with a low Glycaemic Index (GI) that help reduce the risk of diabetes. The cooking demonstration attracted a crowd and it was great to see fresh fruit and vegetables being purchased after it,' Tracey said.

True cost of an unhealthy shop

17 August 2016

Cancer Council Queensland (Qld) will today reveal the true cost of an unhealthy shop, as the organisation urges Queenslanders to adopt five simple habits for a healthier, happier life.

Healthy food sales jump on Horn Island

11 August 2016

Mouth-watering chicken and vegetable kebabs have been helping turn around food sales at the Island Cape retail store on Horn Island, Queensland, where healthy options now dominate the menu.

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.

New book celebrates breastfeeding in Aboriginal communities

4 August 2016

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has today launched a new book celebrating breastfeeding in Aboriginal communities in Victoria.

Bush tucker and bush medicine are gaining in popularity

28 July 2016

The Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, based in Geraldton, Western Australia (WA), recently hosted a workshop to help people better understand local native plants and how to use them in a variety of ways to feel and look better.

Sports drinks are gammin': New campaign urges Aboriginal community to go for water instead

21 July 2016

A new digital campaign is using local Aboriginal sporting role models from the Victorian community to highlight the health effects of regularly downing sports drinks.

Centre helps Indigenous youth make healthier choices

12 July 2016

Helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth make healthier lifestyle choices was at the forefront of discussion last week in North Queensland as part of NAIDOC Week.

Koori Cook Off for NAIDOC Week

12 July 2016

The third annual Koori Cook Off was part of the Illawarra NAIDOC Family and Community Fun Day, held at Dapto Showground, New South Wales (NSW).  Organised by the Heart Foundation and staff from Grand Pacific Health, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service and GP Synergy, the event saw four teams test their traditional cooking skills. Participants used a number of traditional ingredients, including kangaroo, pippies, abalone and fish, to create dishes that were presented to a panel of Elders for judging.  Heart Foundation NSW Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Doyle, said the Heart Foundation was committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve health outcomes.

Launch of Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

11 July 2016

The Heart Foundation has launched the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program in Roebourne, Western Australia (WA).

Fortified bread eliminates gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous babies born with neural tube defects

5 July 2016

The gap between rates of neural tube defects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and non-Indigenous babies has been eliminated by the decision to fortify bread with folic acid.  Mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid and iodine was introduced in 2009 to address the prevalence of neural tube defects and to deal with the re-emergence of iodine deficiencies.  The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) said neural tube defects had fallen more than 74% in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies since the decision.

Growing a healthy future with traditional Aboriginal foods

4 July 2016

A healthier Australian diet could include some of the foods Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have used for millennia, according to a South Australian nurseryman.  However, very few modern Australians know much about which native plants are good to eat, and even fewer know how to grow them as a food source.

Traditional bush foods on the menu in Cairns

4 July 2016

A Far North Queensland Indigenous health group is putting ­traditional bush foods back on the menu as part of its crusade to improve the diets of Cairns locals.

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.

Food labelling first for Torres Strait

30 June 2016

The general store on Badu Island in the Torres Strait, Queensland, will introduce shelf labels indicating how much sugar is in food after strong community interest in the issue.

Mossman Gorge cooks up skills for our future generations

29 June 2016

Exciting cooking skills are being taught and implemented in Mossman Gorge in Far North Queensland right now, with Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen visiting the community for five weeks.

Building better lives for ourselves

28 June 2016

The idea was simple, get six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women together for a workshop on how to improve the lives of other women.

Healthy person is a healthy life

21 June 2016

Health is about the whole person, their whole life.

Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease.  The open letter signatories, including Aboriginal leader, June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.

New AFL Indigenous program helping young students kick goals

2 June 2016

The Greater Western Sydney Giants Australian Football League (AFL) club has relaunched a program helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school children realise their dreams.

Fruit, veg and the flu jab in Aurukun and Napranum

31 May 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council in North Queensland has been shortlisted for a $20,000 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Immunisation Grant for a project proposal which links fruit, veg and the flu jab.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food to visit Mossman Gorge

20 May 2016

Mossman Gorge is set to be the second Aboriginal community in Queensland to host celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Ministry of food.

Aboriginal healthy tucker: born and bread in remote communities

19 May 2016

A $5.25 million tender was opened this week to establish 15 bakery cafes in remote Northern Territory (NT), which will create jobs and provide diversity of choice and increased access to quality fresh food for those living in remote communities.  Chief Minister, Adam Giles said the NT and Commonwealth Governments are investing $7.35 million in establishing a total of 21 bakery cafe businesses in remote communities across the Territory.  'Having access to quality fresh food shouldn't be limited to solely urban areas and it is important that those living in remote communities have access to locally produced, fresh food,' Mr Giles said.

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

New ABS data reveals how much sugar Australians really consume

12 May 2016

New data released on 29 April by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that Australians are consuming more added sugar in their diets than ever before, and the problem is worst in teenagers.  The World Health Organisation recommends sugar consumption should make up 5% of an individual's total calorie intake, which equates to about 25g or six teaspoons per day.

Water the favourite drop on Badu Island

10 May 2016

Bottled water may become the favourite drink on Badu Island in the Torres Strait after an Island and Cape retail trainee lifted the lid on how much sugar is in soft drinks.  Island and Cape Retail Enterprises General Manager Operations, Kim Reynolds said employee Sineva Ahmat had to conduct a sales presentation as part of her Certificate III in retail and decided to set up a display to show people how much sugar was in the drinks and snacks they give their kids.  'It was a great initiative by Sineva and a big hit with the local community, many of whom got a shock when they saw how much sugar their children were consuming,' she said.

Vivid food trail around Opera House will feature Indigenous food and culture

10 May 2016

Several Sydney Opera House venues will be part of a food trail during Vivid this year, with offerings inspired by Indigenous culture and local ingredients.

Food revolution day 2016

6 May 2016

Food revolution day, on 20 May, is an annual global day of action that celebrates healthy, fresh food.

Jamie's Ministry of Food rolls into Indigenous Australia

2 May 2016

A culinary classroom on wheels run by Jamie’s Ministry of food will visit the remote Aboriginal community of Mossman Gorge in north Queensland this June to deliver a five-week, hands-on cooking program to interested locals. Community-wide consultation and Elder input has enabled the program's organisers to modify the cooking classes to suit local needs and respect traditions.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health release special Indigenous health issue

22 April 2016

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health have released a special issue which focuses specifically on Indigenous health.

Victoria introduces mandatory kilojoule labelling

22 April 2016

New laws will require Victorian fast food outlets to list the energy content of their menu items.

Kids leap ahead as Apunipima staff train remote educators in nutrition and physical activity

18 April 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns, Queensland (Qld) plan to deliver the Learning, eating, active play, sleep (LEAPS) professional development program to Pormpuraaw and Lockhart River communities in Cape York during term two in 2016.

Celebrity TV chef delivers community youth program on Horn Island

14 April 2016

The Police-Citizens Youth Club Queensland (Qld) partnered with Life Skills Australia and Northern Qld Primary Health Network to deliver a special community youth project in the Torres Strait Islands with celebrity TV chef, Matthew McKenzie.

LiveLighter campaign asks WA to think about what's really on the menu

8 April 2016

The LiveLighter health promotion campaign, a partnership between the Heart Foundation Western Australia (WA) and the Cancer Council of WA, has launched a new television campaign aimed at reducing consumption of junk food.  The five new television adverts aim to expose the health effects of regularly consuming junk food.

Aboriginal health trial in Taylors Lakes

6 April 2016

A Taylors Lakes medical centre in Victoria (Vic) and the University of Melbourne in Vic have joined forces with Ms Diane Kerr, a Wurundjeri Elder.

Hunter New England Health hosts i-Fit Indigenous health program

5 April 2016

A group of Indigenous women are meeting each week at Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, to discuss health eating options and learn basic exercises.

Public Health Week sets focus on crucial topics and encourages discussion

1 April 2016

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is encouraging people to get involved in this year’s Public Health Week, which runs from 4-8 April 2016.

Aboriginal Health Workers take to the kitchen to help close the gap through food

29 March 2016

The Marang dhali Aboriginal food and cooking program at Condobolin, central-west New South Wales, is using good food as a stepping stone to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bush food experts to build tucker garden

24 March 2016

Bush food experts are coming together to build a new tucker garden on the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation grounds in Rangeway, Western Australia (WA).  The initiative is a partnership between Bundiyarra and the Drylands Permaculture Nursery, with assistance from the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council's Aboriginal participation team.

It's all grow in remote WA communities following the wet season

24 March 2016

The Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation has hit the ground running in remote West Australian (WA) communities after the wet season and start of the 2016 school year to get the gardens back into shape.  EON has welcomed a new Pilbara Project Manager, Jenny Hurse, who is taking over the gardens at South Hedland Primary School, Yandeyarra and Warralong.

Richard's marathon odyssey continues

24 March 2016

The Run Richard run marathon odyssey continues, with one down and seven more to go.

Healthy recipes launched in Coen kids' cookbook

23 March 2016

The Coen kids' Ccookbook was recently launched at the Coen Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Far North Queensland.

Hope for health cooking workshops continue in Galiwin'ku, Northern Territory

22 March 2016

Coaches-in-training for the Hope for health program continue to facilitate cooking workshops in the Galiwin'ku community, Northern Territory (NT).

Community garden sows the seeds for life skills for Indigenous training group

22 March 2016

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training group undertaking a certificate II in horticulture recently visited the environmental learning facility at the Orange showgrounds in New South Wales, to help out in the community garden.  Volunteer at the garden, Michael Milston, said that the students were guided through the planning and planting process and ejoyed a journed of discover.

World kidney day: Minister Scullion says less sugar for better kidney health

10 March 2016

In a media release issued today on World kidney day, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, says less sugar for better kidney health.  Minister Scullion says that kidney disease is of particular importance for Australia where almost 20% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have indicators of chronic kidney disease and this figure rises to one-in-three in remote areas.

Call to cut salt and sugar in basic foods as remote NT communities tackle kidney disease

10 March 2016

The Northern Territory has the highest rate of kidney disease in Australia and the world, and the rate is also far higher among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, particularly young people.  Health experts say that food manufacturers should find ways to reduce salt and sugar in basic foods to help prevent the high rates of kidney disease in remote Australian communities. Professor Alan Cass, from Menzies School of Health Research, says lowering the cost of healthy food in remote areas was not enough.

NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley urges Aboriginal communities to take action in the fight against obesity

4 March 2016

New South Wales (NSW) Blues coach and newly crowned Ambassador of the fifth NSW knockout health challenge, Laurie Daley, has urged Aboriginal communities to take action in the fight against obesity.

Australian Government announces $129.4 million in grants to support medical research

3 March 2016

The Turnbull Government has awarded $129.4 million in grants to Australia's preeminent researchers, helping fund Australia's commitment to fostering health and medical research.

Schoolboys keep Indigenous tradition alive diving for turtles in northern NSW rivers

25 February 2016

The Wahlabul people of the Bundjalung Nation are keeping the ancient tradition of turtle diving alive in the northern New South Wales village of Tabulam.

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre seeking collaborators for action research project

25 February 2016

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), based in New South Wales (NSW) at UNSW are looking for partners in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Centres to undertake a piece of action research.

Community 'thrilled' with healthy cook-ups

23 February 2016

A healthy beef and vegetable stew served with rice had mouths watering as Apunipima community dietitians helped residents of Cape York, Queensland, cook healthy meals.

Style bible Vogue gives Top End bush fruit Kakadu plum superfood nod of approval

22 February 2016

A little known bush food from the Top End of Australia has caught the eye of international fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue.

We can close the Indigenous nutrition gap - here's how

19 February 2016

Nutrition is finally being recognised as integral to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

We can't close the gap on health unless we talk about nutrition

16 February 2016

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has noted that the 2016 Closing the gap report makes little mention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food and nutrition issues.

Australia needs a nutrition policy for Indigenous people to help reduce deaths from preventable diseases, says researcher

16 February 2016

Nicky Turner is a researcher based at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales.

Healthy weight week starts today

15 February 2016

Monday 15 February marks the beginning of Healthy weight week in Australia.  The week is an initiative of Dietitians Association of Australia, raising awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says sugary soft drinks 'killing the population' in remote communities

15 February 2016

In the wake of last week's progress report on Closing the gap, the Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has declared sugary soft drinks are 'killing the population' in remote Indigenous communities.  According to evidence provided to Senate estimates, at least 1.1 million litres of so-called full sugar soft drink was sold in remote community stores last financial year.  'I think particularly in remote communities and very remote communities sugar is just killing the population,' Senator Scullion said.

Healthy weight week kicks off next Monday 15 February

10 February 2016

Monday 15 February is the start of Healthy weight week.

Healthy cooking in Aurukun

9 February 2016

A healthy cooking demonstration was held in Aurukun, Queensland recently when the Apunipima Cape York Health Council's nutrition team were in the community gathering feedback on the Healthy choice rewards project.

Weighs and means - celebrating Healthy Weight Week

8 February 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s Nutrition team in Cairns, Queensland will host a range of healthy outdoor cook-ups across Cape York to promote Australia's Healthy Weight Week from 15 to 21 February 2016.

Two energy drinks a day could send you to a hospital bay

8 February 2016

A new University of Adelaide study has found that drinking more than two energy drinks per day is associated with adverse heart reactions, including a fast heartbeat, heart palpitations and chest pain.  In a paper published in the International Journal of Cardiology researchers surveyed patients aged 13-40 attending an emergency department in South Australia with heart palpitations and found 70% had previously consumed some sort of energy drink.  Coauthor of the paper, the University of Adelaide's Dr Scott Willoughby says the study was able to find a direct link between energy drink consumption and hospital admissions for adverse heart reactions.  Dr Ian Musgrave, from the University of Adelaide's Discipline of Pharmacology says there has been increasing concern that the consumption of energy drinks may lead to harm.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service to target obesity in 2016

11 January 2016

An obesity clinic will be introduced to Canberra's primary Aboriginal health service this year in an attempt to stem weight problems and diabetes rates in the community.

Gubinge: Kimberley Aboriginal community starts commercially harvesting new super fruit

11 January 2016

An Aboriginal community in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia has become the first to commercially harvest the highly sought after bush fruit Gubinge.

Bush tucker garden in Mt Isa connecting kids to culture and wellbeing

8 January 2016

A bush tucker garden has been thriving for a year in Mount Isa in north-west Queensland (Qld) despite an ongoing drought that has affected the area.

New Beswick store improving access to fresh foods

23 December 2015

A new store that has recently opened in the community of Beswick, located 120km south east of Katherine in the Northern Territory (NT), has not only improved access to fresh food for locals but has also proven to be an artistic outlet for some of Beswick's best artists.

EduGrow school garden award winners announced

21 December 2015

The winners of the EduGrow school garden awards for 2015 have been announced.

Folate push attributed to reduction in defects in Indigenous children

17 December 2015

A campaign led by West Australian (WA) researchers that made the vitamin folate mandatory in bread has led to a dramatic fall in serious birth defects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Applications are now open for the first ARMtour of 2016 in the Northern Territory

14 December 2015

The National Aboriginal Sporting Change Academy (NASCA) is seeking highly skilled and enthusiastic volunteers to join their remote Aboriginal community team in the Northern Territory (NT).

Funds fill up for education

10 December 2015

A Western Australian charity focused on improving the lives of Aboriginal children through exercise and nutrition programs has hired staff and increased the amount of work it's doing in several schools, following a major funding increase.

Elcho Island women return to traditional foods and witness the health benefits

2 December 2015

A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women on a remote island off Australia's northern coastline are working to start their own health retreat, after overcoming chronic disease by returning to the land and the ocean.

VACCHO survey: Aboriginal sugary drinks ad, being broadcast on NITV!

24 November 2015

The closing date for this survey has been extended to Friday 4 December 2015.

Indigenous great-grandmother reverses type 2 diabetes and loses 45kg with exercise, healthy eating

17 November 2015

When Ngarrindjeri great-grandmother Maxine Risk-Sumner was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, she began a journey that saw her lose 45 kilograms and turn her life around.

Shining a light on diabetes prevention

16 November 2015

Apunipma's diabetes education team are continuing to spread the message about chronic disease prevention with a yarning and activity session to be held at Kowanyama in North Queensland tomorrow November 17.

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.

Healthy Food Partnership to tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating

12 November 2015

Rural Health Minister, Fiona Nash, has announced a new partnership of preventative health groups, food industry bodies and government to cooperatively tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating.

Deadly cook off in the heart of Tamworth

4 November 2015

A collaboration of local organisations in Tamworth, New South Wales (NSW), has organised the inaugural Deadly cook off, which aims to bring together members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who are keen to hone their culinary skills and demonstrate how healthy meals can still be delicious.

Language a factor in Aboriginal obesity

2 November 2015

Australian Aboriginals who use their own language at home are less likely to be obese than those who speak only English.  University of Western Australia (UWA) research found those who spoke Noongar, Yindjibarndi, Nyangumarta or similar languages had a 27% chance of being obese compared to 34.1% for those who spoke only English.

Have your say on food and drink marketing in Canberra

20 October 2015

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is inviting comment from the ACT community, businesses, and sporting clubs/organisations to inform the development of actions to increase the marketing of healthy food and drink, and where feasible, reduce the marketing of unhealthy food and drink, particularly those aimed at children.

EduGrow school garden awards 2015 now open

19 October 2015

The EduGrow school garden awards are now officially open for 2015, and are open to all schools in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) as well as schools from across remote, rural and regional Australia.

Traditional knowledge the key to food security: academics say

14 October 2015

A delegation of academics from South Asia has visited Alice Springs to promote and learn about links between traditional knowledge and food security.

New campaign to target sugary soft drinks

12 October 2015

An ad campaign from the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation and West Australian Health Department that aims to reduce Australians' daily intake of high sugar content soft drink is being rolled out in Victoria.

Indigenous rugby league players join the push for healthy lifestyles to help close the gap

6 October 2015

An annual rugby league carnival held to showcase the talents of Queensland's young Indigenous players has gone sugar, alcohol and tobacco free to promote healthier lifestyle choices.

Cooking up nutrition to stay healthy, deadly and strong

28 September 2015

Veggie Man and Apunipima Cape York Health Council's nutrition team promoted the Go for 2 5 campaign in Mapoon, Queensland recently, where Community Nutritionist, Kani Thompson cooked up a healthy carbonara.

School nutrition programme to help Indigenous students in Central Australia

24 September 2015

Indigenous students in Central Australia are the focus of a new School nutrition programme, which is hoped will boost school attendance and productivity.

New community store for Jilkminggan

22 September 2015

A new store for the community of Jilkminggan in Katherine, Northern Territory (NT), is offering many positive benefits to the local residents.

Aboriginal benefit account funding round open

8 September 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the Northern Territory (NT) are invited to apply for funding through the second Aboriginals benefit account (ABA) funding round for 2015-16 which has just opened.

Knockout health challenge kicked off by Rugby League legend

3 September 2015

Former Rugby League premiership player, Ricky Walford, was in Lismore recently supporting healthy lifestyle choices as part of the New South Wales (NSW) knockout health challenge.

Food price gap shows need for subsidies and promo deals for remote areas

1 September 2015

Amid the discussion over the last few weeks about fresh food in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there have been calls for the need for subsidies and promotional deals in these communities.

Concerns about food quality in remote stores after visit from celebrity chef

27 August 2015

A prominent chef's visit to a remote Indigenous community's supermarket has prompted formal complaints to the Health Department and the Northern Land Council (NLC), with concerns about the food quality available to residents.

Strong culture small grant applications open now

25 August 2015

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) small grant applications are now open.

New store for Peppimenarti brings healthy choices

24 August 2015

The community of Peppimenarti, south-west of Darwin, in the Northern Territory (NT), now has a new community store, funded by a $4.2 million grant from the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA).

Food and culture to assist towards a better education at Wugularr (Beswick)

20 August 2015

The Federal Government is backing a program that will see students fed and get closer to culture in the community of Wugularr (Beswick), in the Northern Territory (NT).

New health initiative to reduce chronic disease in Aboriginal community

18 August 2015

Hunter New England Health in New South Wales, is launching a new initiative which aims to close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Bush tucker garden launched at Glen Innes Public School

12 August 2015

Glen Innes Public School has officially opened their bush tucker garden, which is hoped will start a conversation about healthy, natural foods and their benefits, along with sustainability and environmental lessons.

Kowanyama residents learn about healthy lifestyles to avoid chronic disease

28 July 2015

Residents of the remote community of Kowanyama, in the Cape York region of Queensland, were recently provided with an education session to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles for avoiding chronic diseases.

Campaign to raise funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisation

28 July 2015

Graham 'Buzz' Bidstrup, Chief Executive of the Jimmy Little Foundation, has launched a campaign to raise funds for the organisation to continue to run a number of programs, which provide services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with, or at risk of a chronic disease.

Refuelling diabetes knowledge at pitstops a success

13 July 2015

In the run up to Diabetes Awareness Week 12 - 18 July, Apunipima Cape York Health Council's healthy lifestyle team held two successful pitstops in Wujal Wujal and Hopevale, North Queensland.

National Diabetes Week 2015

10 July 2015

This year, the National Diabetes Week campaign, which runs from 12 - 18 July, raises awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and the growing number of people who have it.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food to visit Cherbourg

6 July 2015

Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, will for the first time bring his Ministry of food initiative to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Cherbourg, in Queensland.

Concern about food and nutrition policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

2 July 2015

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is calling on the Federal Government to make a commitment to improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have some of the worst health outcomes in the nation.

Beat it tackles chronic disease in Cape York

29 June 2015

Up to 15 participants graduated from Beat it this week, an exercise program for people with or at risk of chronic disease being delivered in Cape York communities in Queensland.

NSW Health, NSWRL fighting obesity

23 June 2015

Assistant Minister for Health, Pru Goward, and the New South Wales (NSW) Rugby League last night announced the winners of the first round of the statewide Knockout health challenge, which is tackling obesity in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales (NSW).

Need for feed Cape York style delivers healthy choices

22 June 2015

Students at the Western Cape College Residential Campus in Cape York, Queensland, have been learning life skills surrounding nutrition as part of the Need for feed Cape York style program.

Jimmy Little Thumbs up program likely to shut down

11 June 2015

A charity program started by late musician, Jimmy Little, providing nutrition education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, did not receive funding under the Indigenous advancement strategy (IAS) and is likely to close.

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College highlights Indigenous cooking

8 June 2015

The Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC), in Burwood, New South Wales, is working to close the school completion gap for Indigenous students with a hospitality training program which aims to expose students to different options available in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

EON receives renewed support from the Bass Family Foundation

8 June 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation has received renewed funding support from the Bass Family Foundation for 2015-16.

Concerns about lack of food security in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

26 May 2015

There are concerns that changes to the Aboriginal heritage act, and native title will contribute to a lack of food security in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities across Australia.

Survey open: Australian guide to healthy eating adaptation for Indigenous people

19 May 2015

The Australian guide to healthy eating is currently being adapted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a public consultation period is open during the month of May.

Nutrition efforts in Cape York showcased at national conference

19 May 2015

At the 32nd Annual Dietitians Association of Australia national conference held in Perth last week, two members of Apunipima Cape York Health Council's nutrition team were presenting and getting involved in workshops to showcase the Council's approaches toward nutrition and dietetics in the Cape York region of Queensland.

Aurukun kids get healthier start to school life

19 May 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council carried out 127 health screenings for students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in community.

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council promotes healthy lifestyles for Heart week

7 May 2015

'Spend less time on your seat and more time on your feet' is the message underpinning Apunipima Cape York Health Council's healthy lifestyle reminders to communities for Heart week.

McDonalds or a healthy homemade meal...what's cheaper?

6 May 2015

Have you ever wondered whether takeaway food or home cooked meals are cheaper? The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia aims to dispel the myth that takeaway foods are cheaper than home cooked meals.

Concerns about rising food bills for Northern Territory communities

5 May 2015

Low income families in the Northern Territory (NT) are struggling with the costs of rising food bills.

Remote community stores open for the communities of Papunya and Haasts Bluff

30 April 2015

Late last year, the communities of Papunya and Haasts Bluff in the Northern Territory welcomed the opening of two local corner stores.

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 released

29 April 2015

The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 (Overview) has been released, and is now freely available from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource.

Cheaper, fresher food trucked to APY Lands

28 April 2015

Fruit, vegetables and meat sold in stores in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia is expensive, and often in short and unreliable supply, however a solution in the form of a refrigerated road train is now transporting stock directly to at least five communities each week.

Sustainable garden workshop a success in Bega

14 April 2015

Bega Garnibirringu Health Services commissioned Dr David de Vries to run a sustainable garden workshop in Bega, Western Australia (WA), earlier this year.

Active lifestyle program encouraging participation from Cape York community

14 April 2015

People in Cape York, Queensland, with or at risk of chronic disease, are being encouraged to take part in an active lifestyle program aimed at helping beat the onset of disease.

New Indigenous community garden in East Armidale

1 April 2015

A group of community members from Armidale, New South Wales, have come together to clean up a block of local land to transform it into a community garden.

Food security concerns for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

31 March 2015

Leading health organisations have called for greater efforts to overcome food insecurity, with recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing an alarming rate of food shortages among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Heart Foundation warns access to healthy, fresh food is a major barrier to health

30 March 2015

The National Heart Foundation Cultural Lead, Vicki Wade, has welcomed the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) nutrition data released recently, but warned that access to healthy, fresh food is a major barrier to health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Healthy choice rewards for increased fruit and veg intake in Aurukun

24 March 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Island Cape Retail Enterprises have teamed up to introduce a new Healthy choice scheme in Aurukun.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: nutrition results - food and nutrients, 2012-13

20 March 2015

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released a new report, the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: nutrition results - food and nutrients, 2012-13.

Kickstart for Indigenous health

19 March 2015

Health Minister Cameron Dick yesterday kicked off a three-year funding partnership to support Indigenous Queenslanders to make healthy lifestyle choices. Queensland (Qld) Labor delivered $300,000 per year to support the Deadly choices Brisbane Broncos partnership between the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the Brisbane Broncos.

EON Foundation conducting research in the Pilbara

17 March 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides assistance to Aboriginal individuals and communities in Western Australia (WA), is conducting research in the Pilbara later this month.

Snapshot of the EON Foundation's Thriving communities program

13 March 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation's Thriving communities program is now being delivered to 16 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, 13 across the Kimberley region, and three in the Pilbara.

New partnership to improve healthy eating in remote Cape York communities

12 March 2015

Island Cape Retail Enterprises and Apunipima Cape York Health Council have officially announced a joint partnership to promote healthy food choices in Cape York's remote Indigenous communities.

Travelling skipping team to target health inequities in rural NSW schools

4 March 2015

The Heart Foundation is partnering with La Perouse Public School to launch a new initiative that aims to help close the gap in children's health in New South Wales (NSW).

Health bodies concerned about decision not to label trans fats

27 February 2015

Health experts are concerned about Australia's decision not to label trans fats in food, which are linked to heart disease and cancer, and consumed at dangerously high levels.

Top tukka a hit in Ipswich

19 February 2015

Aunty Kay Mundray has been assisting the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Ipswich, Queensland, to improve eating habits, and encourage meal preparation at home.

Choosing food for life

13 February 2015

An Aboriginal woman based in a remote rural community in Central New South Wales has received assistance through the Centacare program, Manage your income, manage your life, which provided her with the skills she needed to budget and choose healthy food for her family.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Aiming for a slam dunk on chronic disease

10 February 2015

The far north's front-running Central Queensland University (CQU) Cairns Taipans are lending their deadly support to a new drive to combat chronic disease in Cape York communities.

Health checks aim to ensure clean bill of health

10 February 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is offering free checks to the community of Hopevale, Queensland, to assist the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain good health.

OzHarvest volunteers reaping rewards of regional food rescue program in Cairns

5 February 2015

A national regional food rescue program has extended to far north Queensland where volunteers are saving hundreds of kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables each week for charity.

Get inspired to achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle this Healthy weight week

5 February 2015

Australia’s healthy weight week (AHWW), running from 16-22 February 2015, is an opportunity for people across Australia to get involved in actively managing their weight.

Healthy habits encouraged at Hopevale

3 February 2015

The Healthy Lifestyle Team from Apunipima Cape York Health Council recently visited the Queensland community of Hopevale to demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council welcomes nutritionists

27 January 2015

Apunipima Cape York Council has recently welcomed two nutritionists to their team, who hope to make a difference in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland (Qld), and demonstrate their passion for good food.

Banks the top warrior

23 January 2015

Luke Banks has won the Warmun, Western Australia, festive season weight loss challenge, losing 10 kilograms (kg) and 18 centimetres (cm) from around his waist in eight weeks through healthy eating and cross fit-style boot camps.

EON Foundation urging support for expansion of successful community garden program

19 January 2015

A not-for-profit organisation that works to ensure thousands of Aboriginal children in remote communities can eat fresh fruit and vegetables is succeeding in closing Australia's health gap.

Dietitians and nurses oppose fresh food GST

15 January 2015

The peak bodies for dietitians, nurses and midwives have warned that a proposal to expand the GST to fresh foods will lead to poor health for Indigenous Australians, low income earners, and pensioners.

Sydney Swans star and domestic violence crusader Adam Goodes weighs a career in politics

6 January 2015

Adam Goodes is considering a career in politics after he finishes playing Australian Football, with the Sydney Swans veteran and outgoing Australian of the year determined to 'make a difference' to social problems like domestic violence and racism.

Indigenous community in Beswick to grow bush tucker plants in revamped nursery

17 December 2014

The Northern Territory community of Beswick is offering local Elders and school children the opportunity to be involved in a horticulture program at the local nursery, which will demonstrate how to grow your own food, and learn about bush tucker.

Health Star Rating System website re-launched

15 December 2014

Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has re-launched a system for rating the healthiness of food, after originally shutting down a website that promoted the scheme.

Food security plan for South Australia's Indigenous communities finishes early

8 December 2014

A long-term plan to improve food security in South Australia's remote Indigenous communities will finish two years earlier than first planned.

New resources to improve nutrition communication in remote communities

2 December 2014

A new resource package focused on improving health communication and practices in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will help to strengthen efforts to support good nutrition, health and wellbeing.

Joint winners for the 2014 EduGrow school garden awards

28 November 2014

Gawa Christian School and Shepherdson College, in the Northern Territory (NT), were announced the joint winners of the grand prize of the 2014 EduGrow school garden awards in a ceremony held at Shepherdson College last week.

Indigenous storytelling garden to provide benefits to local community

27 November 2014

Reverse Garbage, a creative reuse centre, and Billyara Aboriginal Art have transformed a run down garden area into a thriving and colourful community space with Indigenous designs, patterns and colours by award winning Indigenous artist, Brett Parker.

Newman's Own Foundation nutrition grants announced

24 November 2014

The Newman's Own Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2014 Newman's Own nutrition grants, with 22 organisations to receive funding.

Rehabilitation programs aim to close the gap

21 November 2014

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Centre, based in New South Wales (NSW), has started two rehabilitation programs in the hope of attracting more Indigenous patients to their services.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council seeking healthy caterers

12 November 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is seeking expressions of interest from local businesses who are able to supply healthy catering options that meet the requirements of the Apunipima healthy catering guidelines.

Tiwi Ashes raising funds and awareness to improve the wellbeing of Tiwi youth

12 November 2014

The Tiwi Ashes, held every year in Melville Island in the Arafura Sea, 100km north of Darwin, is promoting better health for the local Indigenous community, with a focus on education, gardening, fresh food and cooking.

Dr Calma urges support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survey

11 November 2014

Specially trained interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have started collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

Nutrition is key to closing the Indigenous life expectancy gap

6 November 2014

Experts in the field of Indigenous health are urging a greater focus on nutrition as one of the most important determinants of health.

Study helping Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders eat more greens

5 November 2014

University of Adelaide research is helping Pacific Islander and Indigenous Australians to eat more 'greens' to improve their nutrition and combat diet-related diseases.

World diabetes day 2014

4 November 2014

This World diabetes day (WDD), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is underlining the importance of simple, cost effective interventions such as healthy breakfasts, to lessen the global burden of diabetes, and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs.

Nutrition inspiring Indigenous women on Elcho Island

3 November 2014

A group of Yolngu women from Elcho Island, Northern Territory, are on a quest to improve their health and the health of their community by improving their diet.

Healthy messages promoted at Lockhart Health check expo

28 October 2014

There were a number of special guest appearances at the recent Lockhart Health check expo in Queensland (Qld) last week.

$14.8m from the Aboriginals benefit account to go towards local projects in the Northern Territory

27 October 2014

Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from funding announced for 34 local projects supported by more than $14.8 million from the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA).

Mapoon gets involved in National nutrition week

20 October 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's health promotions team cooked up a hearty meal for National nutrition week in Mapoon, Queensland (Qld).

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.

25 years of Heart Foundation Tick program

14 October 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Heart Foundation's Tick program, a public health initiative undertaken to help consumers make healthier food choices and to drive critically important changes to the food supply.

New community store brings benefits to remote Bulman

8 October 2014

A new community store is taking shape in the remote community of Bulman in the Northern Territory (NT), the Bulman Community Store.

Napranum takes part in Deadly choices community day

7 October 2014

The community of Napranum in Queensland (Qld) recently hosted a Deadly choices community day, which saw over 100 people join the Deadly choices program team at the event to learn how they could make better lifestyle choices and improve their health.

Arnhem Land student's micro enterprise turns 'deadly beef stew' into cash for a school oval

2 October 2014

High school students in remote Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT), have begun a pioneering micro enterprise program, cooking and selling nutritious meals such as 'deadly beef stew' to fund the costs of clearing and grading land for a sporting oval.

New Department of Health education resources to cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease

30 September 2014

A new education resource has been released by the Department of Health to encourage Indigenous communities to drink water instead of sugary drinks to help cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease.

National nutrition week 2014

30 September 2014

Nutrition Australia is encouraging all Australians to get involved with the 2014 National nutrition week, which runs from 12-18 October.

Homelands gardens developed at Ulpanyali

24 September 2014

The people of Ulpantali, Northern Territory (NT) have been involved in a project over the past few years that aims to put in place a number of wicking beds to enable people to readily grow food where they live.

Community gardens grow in value to the people of St Pauls

23 September 2014

The gardens at St Paul on Mao Island in the Torres Strait have played an important role in the life of the community of the island, and are set to grow in value.

Apunipima highlighting nutrition messages at Mapoon family fun day

22 September 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council attended the recent Mapoon family fun day in Mapoon, Queensland (Qld) to highlight healthy eating and lifestyle messages for local children.

Cherbourg school cooks up healthy plan for better learning

16 September 2014

Cherbourg State School in the South Burnett, Queensland (Qld), hired a chef and apprentice at the start of the school year to help counteract childhood obesity, health problems and learning difficulties among students.

Aboriginal Elders to establish community garden

15 September 2014

A community garden will be established in Narromine, New South Wales (NSW), thanks to a partnership between Narromine Shire Council and the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation.

NSW knockout health challenge boosts fitness

9 September 2014

A health promotion program organised by New South Wales (NSW) Health in conjunction with NSW Rugby League has seen participants make positive changes to both their health and lifestyles.

Purchase of roadhouse to offer food security for remote Pilbara communities

3 September 2014

The remote Indigenous communities of Warralong and Irrungadji in Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region, look set to secure cheaper fresh food, following the sale of the Nullagine Roadhouse.

Healthy messages at Awin Udnum recipe book launch

1 September 2014

The Awin Udnum recipe book was launched recently in Kowanyama by Apunipima Cape York Health Council, as part of the Awin Udnum project.

Funding boost for Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA

20 August 2014

Dated posted: 20 August 2014 The Australian Government has this week announced a further $300,000 for the completion of the Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA business redevelopment project in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia.

LiveLighter program launched in Victoria

19 August 2014

Cancer Council Victoria and the Heart Foundation, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), are launching a campaign to encourage Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to make small changes to their eating habits for better health and wellbeing.

Napranum community to benefit from new supermarket

18 August 2014

A new supermarket opened in Napranum, Queensland, is being hailed as a shift from government control to community responsibility.

Apunipima partnering with New Island & Cape store in Napranum

12 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is next week partnering with Island Cape (I C) to promote the Healthy choice shelf labelling system at the opening of their new Napranum store.

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.

Walkabout kitchen delivers healthy eating programs to Indigenous community

11 August 2014

Hunter New England (HNE) Local Health District together with the New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) has launched the Walkabout kitchen project to promote the importance of healthy eating in the prevention of chronic disease for Indigenous people.

Launch of the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

1 August 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) have launched the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.

Healthy bones action week aims to place spotlight on bone health and osteoporosis

1 August 2014

Healthy bones action week, an initiative of Dairy Australia, starts next week and runs from the 3rd - 10th August.

Healthy tucker message at art fair

29 July 2014

The nutrition team from Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Jimmy Little Foundation were promoting healthy lifestyles at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair last weekend.

Deadly choices ambassador promotes importance of healthy decisions

28 July 2014

Deadly choices ambassador and former Brisbane Broncos star, Scott Prince spoke at the Mount Isa health expo on Friday, outlining the importance of making healthy choices, using rugby league, and his profile as a sportsman, to inspire Indigenous communities.

Cancer, nutrition and kidney disease the focus of new Indigenous health research funding

28 July 2014

Australia's emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers will be able to expand their work in Indigenous health following a recent funding announcement made to the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).

Soft drinks a weighty problem for Indigenous children

23 July 2014

Soft drinks are contributing significantly to increasing weight problems amongst Indigenous children, according to research presented this week at a Darwin seminar hosted by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association.

PHAIWA running 'HealthySelfie' competition

21 July 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is running a 'HealthySelfie' competition, aiming to showcase people across Western Australia (WA) taking part in healthy activities.

Film documents community's journey to health

14 July 2014

A film documenting one of Australia's most remote Indigenous community's journey to health premiered during the NAIDOC celebrations this week.

Elders judge Koori cook-off at Windang

14 July 2014

A number of traditional meals were served up as part of a Koori cook-off held last week at Windang, New South Wales (NSW).

Fresh chance for battling kids

11 July 2014

A new parent-and-child centre was this week opened at South Hedland Primary School, offering parenting classes, play groups and health checks for vulnerable children.

Healthy cooking in Wujal Wujal

7 July 2014

Children at the Bloomfield River State School, North Queensland, have had the opportunity to participate in healthy cooking lessons over the last few weeks of term.

Programs a weapon in battle against weight

1 July 2014

Residents of Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW), who are struggling with being overweight or obese, can tackle their problem with a variety of programs designed to promote health and wellbeing.

Study reveals fruit and vegetables delay onset of multiple chronic diseases

27 June 2014

In the first study of its kind, a group of international scientists have examined the role of a healthy diet in delaying the onset of multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Kickstarting a healthy transformation

25 June 2014

A young Indigenous man from Port Augusta, South Australia, has undergone an amazing transformation, trading fast food and videogames for the gym and a healthy diet, and losing 30kgs in the process.

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.

Ngargin doctors program aiming to reduce Indigenous health gap

24 June 2014

A new program aims to tackle long-term poor health in some Indigenous communities in New South Wales by arming young leaders with a knowledge of hygiene, health and bush medicine.

Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour to visit Arnhem Land

17 June 2014

The Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour will be travelling to a number of communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) later this month.

Study finds high rates of stomach obesity for Indigenous children

16 June 2014

A recent study conducted by the University of Sydney has found stomach obesity in Indigenous children is increasing at double the rate of their non-Indigenous peers.

Dead or deadly program changing lives of local Indigenous women

11 June 2014

The Dead or deadly health and wellbeing program, run through Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, is making a positive change for Indigenous women in the community of Nowra, by tackling issues of health and personal and family wellbeing.

Innovative nutrition promotion for Indigenous communities in NT, QLD and WA

30 May 2014

A Central Australian nutritionist is employing innovative ways to get Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT), Queensland (QLD) and Western Australia (WA) to get excited about healthy foods.

World Diabetes Day 2014: healthy living and diabetes

19 May 2014

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that aims to engage millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness, held on 14th November each year.

FOODcents week

19 May 2014

This week marks the start of the FOODcents week in Western Australia (WA), which is dedicated to raising awareness of the FOODcents program.

Monthly cook-off supporting young Indigenous children

12 May 2014

The Ganyjuu Family Support Centre, a Brisbane-based Indigenous family support agency funded by the Queensland government, is teaching household skills and good nutrition to Indigenous families via a monthly 'cook-off.' Last week, grandmothers from Logan gathered at the centre for the cook-off, which plays an important role in supporting young Indigenous children. Torres Strait Islander Diana Namok has lived in Logan for 30 years and says the workshops also act as social events for the grandmothers involved.

Sporting heroes play major role in Indigenous health project

12 May 2014

A number of Indigenous sporting heroes are assisting NSW Rugby League and NSW Health in a program engaging Aboriginal communities to target priorities of nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.

Paul Newman Foundation offering grants for nutrition projects

9 May 2014

The Paul Newman Foundation, a US Foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, is offering $US1 million in grants for Australian not-for-profit projects focused on nutrition.

Australian health survey: nutrition first results - food and nutrients, 2011-12 released

9 May 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian health survey: nutrition first results - food and nutrients, 2011-12, with the data from the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS).

Warrnambool and District Food Share feeding growing demand

28 April 2014

Warrnambool and District Food Share, a community based program of Foodbank Victoria, is on track to this year provide about 80,000 kilograms of free food to people in need in the south-west region, more than double the amount it distributed two years ago.

Spinifex community grows

28 April 2014

The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) of the Western Desert is celebrating its 25th anniversary of incorporation this year.

Native garden in Central Australian community to provide a number of benefits

16 April 2014

A remote Central Australian community has recently made a special trip to the Alice Springs Desert Park to get some expert advice on the creation of a peace garden that will consist of native plants and bush tucker.

Heart Week 2014

8 April 2014

Heart Week 2014 runs from 4 May to 10 May and provides an opportunity to highlight the problems associated with heart disease.

Pressure to address costs of fresh food in remote communities

27 March 2014

Public health experts and respected community members have added their voices to those of researchers who have recently been highlighting the plight of remote communities and their lack of affordable fresh produce.

Diabetes death rate rises in Indigenous communities

26 March 2014

Indigenous West Australians (WA) are now more than 10 times more likely to die due to diabetes than their non-Indigenous counterparts, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

School breakfast success for disadvantaged schools in NSW

25 March 2014

A school breakfast program in New South Wales is seeing positive results after being implemented in fifteen of the states most disadvantaged schools.

Beagle Bay store a success under new management

19 March 2014

Beagle Bay store on the Dampier Peninsula of Western Australia (WA) is under new management, providing employment opportunities and a bigger variety of fresh food for the local community.

Close the gap day sets focus on Indigenous healthcare

18 March 2014

Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Geelong cats promote healthy living in Warrnambool

17 March 2014

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative’s health clinic in Warrnambool, Victoria, was visited last week by members of the Geelong Cats AFL team to target obesity and smoking.

Concern about the high cost of fresh produce in remote communities

10 March 2014

There are serious concerns about the high costs of fresh produce in remote communities in Western Australia (WA), with the cost of fruit and vegetables in some of the state's Indigenous communities as much as three to four times more than supermarkets in Perth.

Calls to cut excessive salt consumption

10 March 2014

Researchers across Australia are calling for a reduction in Australia's salt consumption, with excessive consumption in modern diets highlighted as a 'killer.' The call comes at an appropriate time, as this Monday marks the start of World Salt Awareness Week (10-16 March 2014), which serves to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake in all populations throughout the world.

Heart Foundation warns of health risks as data shows Australians' average weight increasing

7 March 2014

New data from the Australian Heart Foundation shows the weight of the average Australian adult has increased by more than five and half kilograms (kgs) over the past 25 years.

Community food grants program to finish

5 March 2014

The Federal Government has recently announced the end of the $1.5 million Community food grants program, due to the current fiscal environment.

Latest funding round for Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) announced

4 March 2014

The latest funding round for the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was announced this week, with $2.5 million going to initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT).

Vibe 3on3 event encouraging healthy lifestyles with action packed activities

28 February 2014

The town of Leeton in Victoria is to host the upcoming Vibe3on3 event on Saturday, a traveling sport and music festival.

Mobivators forum encouraging healthy lifestyle choices

17 February 2014

Mobivators, an online forum where people share healthy food and meal choices is encouraging Indigenous communities to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Get involved in Australia's healthy weight week

17 February 2014

Australia's healthy weight week (AHWW) runs from the 17-23rd February 2014, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.

Skinnyfish Music promoting the benefits of bush tucker

5 February 2014

Skinnyfish Music, an Indigenous music label, are using their connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities, and have released another video, this time promoting the benefits of bush tucker.

Adam Goodes awarded 2014 Australian of the Year

28 January 2014

Indigenous AFL player and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes was named the 2014 Australian of the Year this Sunday.

More deadly tucker cookbook aiming to improve Indigenous health

15 January 2014

A cookbook developed with the help of Edith Cowan University (ECU) nutritionists is aiming to cut the rates of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians, by providing easy to cook meals that are high in nutrition.

Kenmore Park orchard improving food security on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

14 January 2014

An orchard planted by an elderly couple in the remote town of Kenmore Park is providing locally-produced food and employment opportunities to the Indigenous residents of the community.

Short films delivering positive health messages in remote Indigenous communities

8 January 2014

A Darwin-based record company, Skinnyfish Music, is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities.

Mossman Gorge football players role models for healthy lifestyles

6 January 2014

Mossman Gorge football players recently completed a 10 week Healthy Lifestyle nutrition and fitness program that promoted and encouraged healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and physical activity.

Local bush food celebrated at a Broome festival

17 December 2013

People in Broome recently came together to celebrate local bush food as part of Terra Madre Day, an annual festival of local, slow foods with hundreds of events held in locations around the world.

Indigenous chefs succeeding in native bush food kitchen

13 December 2013

Through the combined efforts of the Outback Academy, Woolkabunning Kiaka and the South West Institute of Technology, there's a new generation of Indigenous chefs specialising in native bush foods.

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.

Native Kakadu plum part of new UWA study

10 December 2013

A native Australian fruit, the Kakadu plum, will be studied as part of a University of Western Australia (UWA)-led project to explore the fruit's viability as a cash crop for Indigenous communities.

Food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples policy released

10 December 2013

Leading health organisations, the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia, have joined forces with the Australian Red Cross to draw attention to the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians, due to food insecurity.

Riverside Primary School winning awards with Healthy food choices project

3 December 2013

Riverside Primary School has been recognised for their project, Healthy food choices, which commits to changing children's unhealthy food habits, with a Partnership acceptance learning sharing (PALS) health award.

Environmental trust grant awarded to Trangie Central School

3 December 2013

Trangie Central School (TCS) has been announced as one of the recipients of the $1.1 million NSW Environmental trust grants awarded to schools and researchers.

Students put cooking skills to the test

2 December 2013

Students from five Kimberley schools have put their culinary skills to the test at the second annual Kimberley Cook Off, held in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

Reopening of Laverton supermarket marks new beginning for township

29 November 2013

The remote Goldfields town of Laverton in Western Australia has celebrated the reopening of their supermarket, and noted its importance as a healing of the past and a new beginning for the township.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Yan Gari tucker project benefiting mums and kids

25 November 2013

Mothers in the North Coast Local Region of Queensland are creating healthier eating habits, thanks to a program run at the Gympie South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playgroup, the Yan Gari tucker project.

Winners announced for the EduGrow school garden awards 2013

25 November 2013

Shepherdson College, Galiwinku, was announced the Grand Prize winner of the EduGrow school garden awards at the EduGrow awards ceremony held at Yirrkala school last week.

Strong fathers strong families program creating healthy role models

20 November 2013

The community of Yolngu, in the Northern Territory, is successfully taking part in a program to assist young fathers to be healthy role models and active participants in the lives of their children and families.

Saibai Island gardens project blending traditional and contemporary styles

12 November 2013

Two community gardens have been established on Saibai, one of the Torres Strait Islands, in response to concerns about the availability of fresh produce on the island.

Casino schoolkids receive visit from top Indigenous chef

4 November 2013

Mark Olive, Australia's most celebrated Indigenous chef and known as The Black Olive, visited Casino Public School in late October.

Oral health receives focus at community events

1 November 2013

Rural families will be encouraged to think about health and lifestyle in a series of fun day events across the New South Wales region this week.

Menzies delivers evaluation of federal chronic disease package

30 October 2013

Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians.

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.

Indigenous health advocate receives Honorary Doctorate

17 October 2013

Long-serving Indigenous researcher and educator, Lawurrpa Maypilama has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate during Charles Darwin University's recent end-of-year graduation ceremony.

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.

Woori kids program promoting community wellbeing

15 October 2013

The Woori kids program aims to engage with the young people of Woorabinda through interactive, semi-structured educational activities that promote community wellbeing, particularly focusing around healthy living concepts.

Indigenous chef Mark Olive launches healthy food vans

14 October 2013

Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive has launched a healthy food van initiative that he hopes will improve the health of Indigenous Australians.

New diet to beat diabetes - fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter

10 October 2013

Results from three longitudinal studies have found that portion-controlled consumption of fresh whole fruits three times per week can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a quarter.

Women of the world festival celebrates Bush foods project at Banatjarl family and healing centre

2 October 2013

Ladies from all walks of life headed to the Top End town of Katherine, to attend the 'Women of the World' festival, a global event that celebrates the achievements of women, while also examining the challenges they face in everyday life.

Landmark rethink sugary drink forum to drive appetite for consumer change

2 October 2013

Leading public health experts and community organisations are gathering in Melbourne on 2 October 2013 to discuss the growing health risks associated with Australians' high consumption of sugary drinks and to discuss policy options to reduce consumption.

EduGrow school garden awards open for 2013

24 September 2013

The EduGrow school garden awards are now open for 2013 to all schools in East Arnhem and Mamaruni School, Minjilang.

Malpa young doctors project a success in Utopia

22 September 2013

An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.

Royal Flying Doctor Service delivering healthier outcomes for remote communities

20 September 2013

Best-known for its medical support in the bush, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is also committed to providing programs to improve the health and well being of remote communities.

Improving food security in Areyonga

18 September 2013

The community of Areyonga now have access to a greater range of healthy and affordable food, thanks to new support from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

Beat it program changing bad health habits for Hopevale residents

9 September 2013

Eighteen Hopevale residents graduated from the 12 week Beat it program late last month.

Online Larrakia seasonal calendar launched

3 September 2013

The Larrakia Traditional Owners and CSIRO have launched an online calendar detailing Aboriginal seasonal knowledge in the Darwin area of the Northern Territory (NT).

Deadly community kitchen promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices

27 August 2013

South Western Melbourne Medicare Local's (SWMML) Deadly community kitchen is bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members from Wyndham and Hobsons Bay in Victoria, to cook and socialise.

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.

New resource package to promote nutrition in remote communities

5 August 2013

A new resource package focused on improving nutrition in remote stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will help to address the poor state of diets in remote Indigenous populations.

World Breastfeeding Week 2013

1 August 2013

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2013 runs from 1-7 August.

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.

Subsidised fruit and vegetable scheme improves children's health and significantly reduces antibiotic use

22 July 2013

A new study in New South Wales has found providing subsidised fruit and vegetable to low-income Indigenous families improved the children's levels of haemoglobin, and reduced emergency department attendances and hospital visits for illness.

New 'Get up and grow' resources promote healthy eating and physical activity to kids

18 July 2013

New resources to assist childcare workers, families and carers in promoting healthy food and physical activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids are now available.

Geelong AFL Cats promote the Deadly choices message

17 July 2013

  The Geelong Football Club (the Geelong Cats) will run programs in Victoria to share anti-smoking, smoke-free and healthy lifestyle messages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Cooking program teaches Aboriginal children to prepare and cook healthy bush tucker

11 July 2013

Corey Grech from the Kool purple kookas cooking program with support from an Aboriginal café in Redfern in Sydney is teaching Aboriginal children to cook and prepare healthy food using bush tucker like kangaroo, crocodile and emu.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Toddler tucker program launched

20 May 2013

Former West Coast Eagles player and father David Wirrpanda is dishing out support for a healthy lifestyle campaign aimed at Indigenous parents and toddlers.

Yamba's Roadshow on tour again

17 April 2013

Deadly Awards finalist for outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Yamba the honeyant, will be taking his healthy messages on the road again when he and best friend Jacinta Price begin touring their hit stage musical Yamba's Roadshow in Queensland (Qld) and the Northern Territory (NT) next week.

Research reveals concerning nutrition outcomes in remote communities

15 April 2013

Some remote Indigenous communities are spending as little as 2.2 per cent of total food expenditure on fruit and just 5.4 per cent on vegetables according to a study by the Menzies School of Health Research, published in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.

Top restaurants join the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI)

19 March 2013

The National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI) has garnered the support of a number of top restaurants including Tetsuys's, Aria and Bistro Moncur to join their accredited training program.

Aboriginal Literacy Foundation to give away 80,000 new books

11 March 2013

Minimbah Primary School students have become the first in the nation to receive a pack of books encouraging healthy living after hosting the launch of the series last week.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Clayton garden provides food and medicine

12 December 2012

An Aboriginal garden has been created in a corner of Monash University's Clayton campus.

A healthy approach at Waminda

3 December 2012

In the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast, the Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation has introduced a program to improve women's health.

Beswick Nursery a new source of employment and local produce

29 November 2012

A revamp of a remote Aboriginal community's plant nursery is providing a new source of employment for young people, as well as fresh local produce for the community store.

Plenty healthy!

29 November 2012

Plenty Valley Community Health, in partnership with the local Indigenous community in the Whittlesea area of Victoria, is running a project called Feedin' the mob.

New bush foods in FSANZ database

20 November 2012

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has added 14 new Indigenous foods to the nutrition panel calculator (NPC).

Partnership has the right ingredients for Aboriginal health

13 November 2012

Aboriginal training organisation Tauondi College, with project partners the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and South Australia Health, has set up the Live longer! mobile training van project which aims to help prevent chronic disease in Indigenous communities across South Australia by providing free two-day training courses in healthy eating, nutrition and horticulture.

EON Foundation Director nominated as WA State Finalist in 2013 Australia's Local Hero Award

8 November 2012

Caroline de Mori, an Indigenous health advocate and founder of the Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation Inc., has been nominated as a Western Australian (WA) State Finalist for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Award.

Improved access to healthy food in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities

29 October 2012

The Federal Government has announced the expansion of the stores licensing scheme in the Northern Territory.

Stephanie Alexander's most remote kitchen garden school: Rawa Community School

17 October 2012

The Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program has been implemented in a variety of school settings throughout Australia.

Inmates and correctional staff raise funds for Red Dust health promotion programs

16 October 2012

More than $80,000 was raised for Indigenous charity group Red Dust Role Models during the recent national Walkabout week.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

ACT Labor plan to phase out sugary drinks in primary schools

29 August 2012

ACT Labor is promising extra cash for schools that phase out sugary drinks if it is re-elected to government in October.

Top Sydney chefs join to mentor Indigenous trainee chefs

28 August 2012

A group of top chefs have decided to do something constructive to address Indigenous unemployment - they have assembled the National Indigenous Culinary Institute apprenticeship scheme.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Community walks encourage good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle

15 August 2012

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Healthy community healthy life project is encouraging physical activity, good nutrition, and the importance of health checks though a series of walks around communities.

NT grant funding for environmental and food gardening projects

3 August 2012

Environmental health, sustainable housing, composting, edible gardens and climate change are the focus of some of the projects that have just won government funding in the Northern Territory (NT).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Don Burke to join Indigenous garden box project launch

29 May 2012

Gardening guru, Don Burke attended the launch of the Indigenous garden box project with the Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Bush delicacies on the menu

29 May 2012

A taste of reconciliation was about showing people they could cook and enjoy their own bush food as well as talk about reconciliation around the table, says National Reconciliation Week organiser Donna Moodie.

Fruit restores hearing for the Aboriginal children of Baryulgil

23 May 2012

A fruit-based nutrition program in an Aboriginal community has provided a cure to chronic suppurative otitis media, a disease that causes deafness.

Healthy eating on the menu in north west

15 May 2012

It is hoped the success of a healthy food program at Walgett and Lightning Ridge will encourage more businesses to make healthy changes to their menus.

New cookbook a recipe for better Indigenous health

15 May 2012

A group of Indigenous women in far north Queensland are hoping to help close the health gap by teaching locals how to cook with traditional ingredients and techniques.

Bush tucker at Mundulla primary school

10 May 2012

The students at Mundulla primary school decided they needed to do something to brighten up the front of their school.

Fruit could help protect against cancer

4 May 2012

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is hoping to further study the traditional bush fruit gubinge after laboratory tests indicated it may help protect the human body against cancer.

Healthy living week one - Lajamanu

16 April 2012

After a nine hour road trip through some of the most beautiful remote country, which features abundant wildlife with everything from brolgas to death adders, the Red Dust team made its way to Lajamanu.

Report highlights food supply worries in APY lands

12 April 2012

A report has confirmed many people in the remote Aboriginal lands of South Australia continue to struggle with high food prices.

South Hedland Primary School celebrates Close the Gap Day

12 April 2012

South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.

Expansion of EON's 'edible gardens' in remote WA communities

4 April 2012

The EON Thriving communities project has been awarded over $1.6 million under the Royalties for regions action agenda.

Musician and health ambassador Jimmy Little passes away

2 April 2012

Dr Jimmy Little, the first Indigenous performer to top Australia's pop music charts, and an ambassador for Indigenous health, has died at the age of 75.

Outback water bubbler trials target soft drinks

29 March 2012

A federal government department will trial water bubblers in five central Australian communities in an effort to reduce soft drink consumption.

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Nation-wide grants announced for research into preventive health

6 March 2012

Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.

NT and regional WA wise up to weight loss

24 January 2012

Nutritionists in the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia are amongst those urging locals to take up the 'one change at a time' challenge, the theme for 2012's Australia Healthy Weight Week.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

New Indigenous exercise and nutrition programs

6 December 2011

The Australian Government has today announced the recipients of the third round of its Healthy communities initiative funding.

Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

23 November 2011

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.

Aboriginal community foodies recognised in SA health awards

22 November 2011

The hard work and commitment to community demonstrated by the team that runs the Aboriginal community foodies program was recognised at the 2011 South Australia (SA) Health Awards this week.

Sports stars talk fitness at the Deadlys

17 November 2011

Indigenous sports stars at this year's Deadly Awards were keen to talk about how sport and physical activity has opened the doors to a positive and healthy life.

Recognition for NT horticulture and landcare project

11 November 2011

A horticulture project from the Roper Gulf Shire Council has received major recognition, winning the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 Northern Territory (NT) Landcare Awards.

Next steps for Australia's first national food plan

28 October 2011

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced on 27 October 2011, the next steps for developing Australia's first National food plan which will ensure that the government's policy settings are right for Australia over the short, medium and long-term.

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.

APY health plan push

22 September 2011

The women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (APY) Lands are pressing ahead with a voluntary healthy food scheme which the SA Government has declined to support.

New health promotion resource to help close the gap

7 September 2011

A comprehensive health promotion pack to combat the risk factors for chronic disease and help close the gap in life expectancy, is now available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

APY residents become the fresh food people

30 August 2011

A new program aimed at reducing prices for fresh food is underway in two remote communities in outback South Australia.

Nutrition website launched for Indigenous kids

29 August 2011

The Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF) has launched a new interactive website called Thumbs up! to promote healthy eating to Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

Phase 2 funding available for local community campaigns

27 June 2011

Phase 2 funding for programs to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health opened on 13 June 2011 as part of the Get active eat good tucker live longer national program.

VicHealth Food for all 2005-2010: program evaluation report launched

3 June 2011

VicHealth has launched the Food For All 2005-2010: Program Evaluation Report.

NT Indigenous business network launched

2 June 2011

The Northern Territory (NT) Indigenous Business Network was launched in May 2011, and aims to provide a representative voice for Indigenous owned and operated businesses at a Territory, State, Federal and International level.

New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians

30 May 2011

Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.

Report finds stores licensing delivers healthier food to remote Indigenous communities

25 May 2011

An independent report has found stores licensing in the Northern Territory has helped people in remote communities to have better access to healthy, affordable food.

Fresh from Cherbourg

9 November 2010

Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle, members of the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Elders and residents recently inspected Cherbourg Fresh, a new enterprise that is supplying fresh produce to markets as far away as Sydney.

New website available to promote self management of diabetes among Indigenous people

29 April 2010

A new website is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and health workers to promote self management of type 2 diabetes.

Report of remote stores inquiry tabled in Parliament

17 November 2009

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has tabled the report of its inquiry into remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stores entitled Everybody's Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores.

Jimmy Little memorial service and concert, May 3rd

A state memorial service and a celebration concert in honour of the late James Oswald Little AO (Jimmy Little) will take place on Thursday 3 May at the Sydney Opera House.

EON thriving communities program update

The Eon thriving communities program provides practical, hands-on health and hygiene education as well as assisting in the development of community gardens for several remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.

Nutritionists warn gap won't close if Indigenous diet doesn't improve

Australian nutritionists are warning that an emphasis on nutrition, and not just smoking and drinking, is required in Indigenous communities for the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to close.

Cultural centre to bring new beginning for massacre site

On the 180th anniversary of the Pinjarra massacre, the Noongar community has opened a new cultural centre near where their ancestors were killed.

Project compassion to focus this year on nutrition

Project compassion, Caritas Australia's annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, which aims to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity for some of the world's poorest communities, has announced their theme for 2015 is Food for life.

Northern Territory cost of living: low income households hit hardest by rising food bills

Low income families in the Northern Territory (NT) are struggling with the costs of rising food bills.

Bush tucker providing positive health results

An Aboriginal woman in the community of Quilpie, in south-west Queensland, is seeing positive health results after switching to a diet of traditional Indigenous bush tucker.

Eurobodalla boot camp initiative kickstarting healthy lifestyles

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Eurobodalla, in New South Wales, have been taking part in a boot camp twice a week at Hanging Rock, as part of the George Rose knockout health challenge, a state wide competition offering $20,000 to the team which loses the most weight.

EON Foundation announced as a finalist of the Orange Seed Project

The EON Foundation has been announced as a finalist of the 2015 Orange Seed Project, an opportunity for West Australian (WA) not-for-profit organisations to receive a share of gifts valued at more than $280,000.

Elders inspire Warwick kids' interest in Aboriginal culture

Warwick State High School, Western Australia, celebrated Aboriginal culture yesterday for the school's own National Aborigines and Islanders Observance Committee (NAIDOC) day.

Big buddas group tackling obesity in Broome

Aboriginal men in Broome have shown that high rates of obesity within their communities can be turned around with hard work and better nutrition.

New community store for Bulman, NT

A new community store has opened today at Bulman, 300 kilometres north-east of Katherine, funded by a $4.4 million grant from the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA).

Marble Bar children swim for healthy treats

Children in the East Pilbara are benefiting from a new lap-swimming initiative at the swimming pool in Marble Bar, Western Australia (WA).  The Go for 2 and 5 Swim for fruit program, supported by Royal Life Saving Society WA and Healthway, rewards children for their swimming efforts with a healthy afternoon tea after each session.  Royal Life Saving Society WA Swimming and Water Safety Education Senior Manager, Trent Hotchkin, said the program focused on remote communities to ensure those who would otherwise miss out on attending swimming classes were given an opportunity to learn and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Cultural practices can help close Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health gap

The latest Issues Brief from the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research has outlined the damaging health effects of disrupting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, and examines how nutrition programs can best work to close the health gap.  'Nutrition is a key determinant of good health throughout life, and food provides important social and cultural functions,' Deeble Institute Director, Susan Killion said.  The brief, Food and nutrition programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: what works to keep people health and strong?, identifies the nutrition programs that are most effective at each stage of life, and how they should be implemented.  'Increasingly, Aboriginal organisations are calling for strength-based methods that utilise community assets to promote health and wellbeing,' Ms Killion said.

Mossman Gorge cooking for generational change

Community-driven collaboration has secured healthy cooking skills for life in the Aboriginal community of Mossman Gorge in Far North Queensland.

National Nutrition Week

Nutrition Australia, the country rsquo;s leading non-profit nutrition organisation and creators of the Healthy Eating Pyramid, is challenging all Australians to take the pledge to eat more vegetables during National Nutrition Week, 16-22 October 2016.

Launch of the joint food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Public Health Association of Australia, in partnership with the Dietitians Association of Australia, Australian Red Cross, Indigenous Allied Health Australia, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and National Heart Foundation of Australia are inviting interested parties to this joint policy launch.

Unique gathering explores bush food potential

Female bush food harvesters from nine remote Northern Territory (NT) communities met for the first time in the Utopia region to share their experiences and learn about the wider bush food industry from traders, entrepreneurs, researchers and public servants.

Oorala 30: Clayton Donovan cooking demos part of 30-year celebration

One of Australia rsquo;s most acclaimed Aboriginal chefs, Clayton Donovan, will be firing-up the burners and sharing his love of bush tucker at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre on 31 October 2017.

Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation promoting healthy habits

Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation rsquo;s (CHAC), Di Baldock and Sonya Searle, recently attended the Australian Disease Management Association and Chronic Diseases Network conferences in Darwin, Northern Territory.
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