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Good tucker, good health: National Nutrition Networks Conference ’08

Posted on: 1 April, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 2, April 2008 - June 2008
Related to Nutrition

The Good tucker – good health conference, the first of its kind since 1999, aimed to:

  • provide an environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share thoughts, knowledge and experiences in food and nutrition;
  • inspire people working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food, nutrition and health area to support, share, network and learn together; and
  • advocate for nutrition to be at the forefront of the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health agenda.

The main themes – key action areas from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan, 2000-2010 – were:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition workforce;
  • Food supply in rural and remote communities;
  • Nutrition issues in urban areas;
  • Communicating and disseminating ‘good practice’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition initiatives;
  • Family-focused maternal and child nutrition; and
  • Good Tucker, Good Health.

Around 200 people from around Australia attended the conference, which was held on 11-14 March at the Alice Springs Convention Centre. Keynote presentations were delivered by Tom Calma, Olga Havnen, Michelle Elwell and Dympna Leonard. Details of all presentations, some of which will be accompanied by downloadable PDF versions, will be available shortly.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet director Neil Thomson ran a HealthInternet café at the conference.

We thank the conference participants who provided written permission for us to display their photos here (click on the photos to enlarge).

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