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Food and health communication across cultures: considerations for health professionals working with remote Aboriginal communities

Posted on: 7 January, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 1, January 2015 – March 2015
Related to Cultural ways Health promotion Nutrition Remote Rural

Colles S, Maypilama EL (2014)
Food and health communication across cultures: considerations for health professionals working with remote Aboriginal communities
Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

This resource was developed during a two-year project, Food and health communication across cultures, and aims to provide non-Indigenous health staff with practical guidance and insights to support critical reflective practice, and assist with the participatory process of health and nutrition communication, education and promotion activities that integrate both Indigenous and western belief and knowledge systems.

The resource additionally aims to:

  • empower Indigenous people to more effectively communicate healthy eating and shopping messages
  • improve the health and wellbeing of people living in remote Indigenous communities
  • assist health professionals to work within a strength-based approach, while providing insights into how best to address and manage challenges and perceived barriers that can be present in remote community health.

Considerations shared within this resource have the potential to hold relevance for a range of health professionals and workers who spend time in remote Indigenous settings, including:

  • nutritionists
  • health promotion officers
  • health project officers
  • health workers
  • community workers
  • community development officers
  • nursing staff
  • other allied health staff.

The resource is split into seven sections:

  • Consider yourself
  • Consider the environment
  • Consider communication
  • Consider relationships
  • Consider your approach
  • Consider food
  • Consider demonstrating your effectiveness.

The resource was developed by Menzies School of Health Research with funding from the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research

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