RWAV is running a nutrition program with 7 pilots sites across the state supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families and elders.
These projects are part of the larger Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program, aiming to increase access to a range of health services including expanded primary health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the treatment and management of all chronic disease.
The aim of the Nutrition pilots are to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in making positive lifestyle changes through education, peer support and upskilling.
- Improve diet by increasing clients skills and knowledge in choosing and purchasing affordable healthy food ingredients, preparation and cooking of the food
- Increase understanding of chronic disease self-management through healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle choices
- Improve access to fresh food, fruit and vegetables such as community gardens, and building agricultural resources e.g. chicken coops and animal husbandry
RWAV will work with a number of organisations across the state to pilot different nutrition projects that meet local needs and the above objectives. An evaluation framework will form part of each nutrition project, with the projects completed by June 2017.
BUDJA BUDJA ABORIGINAL COOPERATIVE, HALLS GAP
- The community garden has expanded to include fruit, vegetables and local bush tucker.
- Participants involved in preparing and cooking the food.
- Provides an opportunity for those who are socially isolated to come together and socialise in a culturally safe place.
- Three schools have participated in pre and post-Lunchbox Audit Workshops
NJERNDA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, ECHUCA
- Development of a new ‘No White Bread’ policy
- A lunchbox resource for families
- Establishment of two vegetable gardens
- Dietitian has provided one on one sessions with the Chef on healthy recipes within a budget
- Cooking classes have included:
- How to cook a healthy breakfast and dinner
- Supermarket tour
- Establishing the vegetable garden with the children at Berrimba
- Identify healthier choices when going out for lunch or dinner
RUMBALARA ABORIGINAL COOPERATIVE (RAC), SHEPPARTON
- Recruitment of a dietitian
- Development a nutritional program with the dietitian and chronic disease nurse
- The program will link with new podiatry and endocrinology services
- Establishment of the community garden.
DEADLY TUCKA COHEALTH, BRAYBROOK
- Food is collected from FoodBank with food utilised in the cooking program
- Families take food parcels home with a recipe on the food that is in the food parcel
- Classes are run by the dietitian and Aboriginal Health Worker
ELDERLY DEADLY KITCHEN AND COMMUNITY LOUNGE, LAVERTON COMMUNITY HUB
- The Elders Community Lounge for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community was launched in March with many Elders from the Deadly Kitchen attending the Elders Lounge.
- Gardening session will be delivered at the community garden with the Elders using seedlings purchased through the funding
- Fortnightly lunch sessions have been held since January. The sessions provide participants an opportunity to prepare a selection of food to share together as a group, promote community activation and cultural connection.
WINDA MARA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, HAMILTON
- Children practice their cooking skills, followed by some games based on nutrition.
- The project has the local police attend the weekly session in plain clothes. The children do not know that they are police and this will be revealed at the community dinner were the children will cook the meals they have been practicing. The aim of this is to build relationships between the local police and the children from a young age.
LAKE TYERS HEALTH & CHILDREN’S SERVICES, LAKE TYERS
- The pilot has had a great uptake from community members attending the cooking classes and working to establish the garden.
- The pilot has also been rolled out to the local school with the dietitian and Aboriginal Health Worker. The parents cook and deliver lunch to the school giving the Health Service the opportunity to work with the school and the children.
- Healthy recipes are included in the community monthly newsletter.
- Six garden beds have been established with a wonderful summer crop harvested with vegetables and herbs.
- Elders and young mums join the sessions which has enabled them to talk women’s business and have a yarn which is extremely important in sharing culture and supporting one another.