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Use of store sales data to evaluate food and nutrition interventions in remote Aboriginal communities



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22nd September 2011

Dietary improvement for Indigenous Australians is a priority strategy for reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Store point of sales data can be used to help evaluate food and nutrition-related intervention in remote Aboriginal communities and to support decision-making capacity of food governance groups. We will present three case studies where the analysis and reporting of point of sale data has informed the evaluation of nutrition-related intervention and policy.

Julie Brimblecombe is a senior research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. Julie's research is primarily aimed at improving food security for Indigenous Australians. A key focus is on improving the food supply and access to healthy food in remote communities.

Megan Ferguson has over 15 years experience in the field of nutrition, predominantly working on public health interventions in remote Aboriginal communities.  She has experience in food security and food supply initiatives, including having worked as the Nutritionist for a remote food retail service provider.  The research Megan is involved in, is focused on food affordability and the impact of price on purchasing patterns.