The Strategic Inter-Governmental Nutrition Alliance provided strategic direction and coordinated action on public health nutrition issues and implementation of the Eat Well Australia Strategy 2000-2010 between 1998-2006. The Eat Well Australia 2000-2010 strategy consisted of two components: Eat Well Australia: an agenda for action in public health nutrition, 2000-2010, and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010, both of which were endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Conference in August 2001.
Eat Well Australia 2000-2010 (EWA)
The strategy focused on 4 key nutrition priority areas:
- prevention of overweight and obesity;
- increasing the consumption of vegetables and fruit;
- promotion of optimal nutrition for women, infants and children; and
- improving nutrition for vulnerable groups.
A number of capacity-building initiatives were also included:
- strategic management;
- research and development;
- monitoring and evaluation; and
- workforce development.
Strategies to improve nutrition outcomes in Australia, outlined in Eat Well Australia
were consistent with the Food and Nutrition Policy (1992)
. The Food and Nutrition Policy
was based on the principles of good nutrition, sustainability and equity and aimed to improve the health of all Australians and reduce the burden of preventable diet-related death, illness and disability. Strategies that contributed to the implementation of the policy were outlined in the National Food and Nutrition Policy Summary Report (1998)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010 (NATSINSAP)
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was a nationally agreed framework for action to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through better nutrition. It was developed by the
National Public Health Partnership (NPHP) as a component of Eat Well Australia: An agenda for Action in Public Health Nutrition, 2000-2010
and endorsed by all Australian health ministers in August 2001. Due to the disbandment of the NPHP, the NATSINSAP was later formally aligned with and reported to the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee (APHDPC).
NATSINSAP identified seven priority action areas: food supply in rural and remote communities, food security and socioeconomic status, family-focused nutrition promotion, nutrition issues in urban areas, the environment and household infrastructure, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition workforce and national food and nutrition information systems.
The primary action areas in NATSINSAP
aimed to improve the nutritional health of Indigenous Australians through beginning to address the many social, economic, geographical, environmental and infrastructure issues and factors which influence food choices and nutrition in Indigenous communities.
Between 2004 and June 2010, a NATSINSAP
project officer was employed to assist national coordination and collaboration in three main action areas: food supply in rural and remote communities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition workforce
; and communicating and disseminating good practice
. Other action areas that have had some exploration are nutrition issues in urban areas
and family focussed maternal and child nutrition
achievements include the following:
- development of the Remote Indigenous Stores and Takeaways project, with funding from a number of jurisdictions (Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia, as well as the Australian Government). This project aimed to improve access to good quality, affordable, healthy foods in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Guidelines and resources were developed and implemented across a number of remote community store and takeaway sites to assist store and takeaway managers, as well as health and nutrition stakeholders to improve the policy, freight, stocking and monitoring of the sale of healthy foods;
- inclusion of nutrition as a core unit in the practice stream of the new national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker training package;
- increased Indigenous nutrition content, and the development of specialist Indigenous nutrition courses at five universities;
- expansion of the nutrition section of Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet;
- implementation of a national Nutrition Networks Conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition and health promotion workers in Alice Springs in 2008; and the
- provision of strong advocacy for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutritional status.
An evaluation of the NATSINSAP
was completed in 2010. The evaluation examines how effectively NATSINSAP
has been implemented and identifies ways in which it could be made more effective and responsive to the current environment. The outcomes of the NATSINSAP
evaluation will contribute to informing future national policy development aimed at improving nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For further information please email PHD Frontdesk