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Economic evaluation of potential fiscal strategies to improve Indigenous nutrition and health in remote communities of Australia.



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21st August 2012

There is growing evidence that taxes and discounts on food and beverages have the potential to positively influence consumption patterns, and thus improve population health outcomes. This seminar will present the findings of a modelling study to evaluate the impact on diet and lifetime health outcomes for remote Indigenous Australians and determine the cost-effectiveness of fiscal measures in community food stores. Six price discount strategies (of 20%) on fruits, vegetables and reduced-calorie beverages and a 20% tax on sweetened beverages were modelled.
Findings show that selective price discounts and taxes offer to improve Indigenous health. Verification by trial-based research is needed.

Anne Magnus is a senior health economist within the Health Economics Unit at Deakin University, Melbourne. She has qualifications in Economics, Education and Epidemiology. Anne is working on a number of tenders and trials involving the economic evaluation of obesity interventions, indigenous training schemes, fiscal interventions to improve indigenous nutrition and health, and cancer control.

Anne Magnus (Deakin University)
Julie Brimblecombe (Menzies School of Health Research)