Nutrition in remote Aboriginal communities: Lessons from Mai Wiru and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Lee, Amanda, Rainow, Stephan, Tregenza, John, Tregenza, Liz, Balmer, Liza, Bryce, Suzanne, Paddy, Milyika, Sheard, Jamie, & Schomburgk, David (2016) Nutrition in remote Aboriginal communities: Lessons from Mai Wiru and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(S1), S81-S88.

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  • To examine the impact of efforts to improve nutrition on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands from 1986, especially in Mai Wiru stores.


  • Literature was searched in a systematic manner. In 2012, the store-turnover method was used to quantify dietary intake of the five APY communities that have a Mai Wiru (good food) store. Results were compared with those available from 1986. Prices of a standard market basket of basic foods, implementation of nutrition policy requirements and healthy food checklists were also assessed in all seven APY community stores from 2008 and compared with available data from 1986.


  • Despite concerted efforts and achievements decreasing intake of sugar and increasing the availability and affordability of healthy foods, particularly fruit and vegetables, and consequent improvements in some nutrient indicators, the overall effect has been a decrease in diet quality as indicated primarily by the increased supply and proportion of energy intake from discretionary foods, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages, convenience meals and take-away foods.


  • The study findings reinforce the notion that, in the absence of supportive regulation and market intervention, adequate and sustained resources are required to improve nutrition and prevent diet-related chronic disease on the APY Lands.


  • This study also provides insights into food supply/security issues affecting other remote Aboriginal communities and wider Australia.

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ID Code: 90215
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aboriginal, Nutrition, Food supply, Policy, Prevention, Diet
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12419
ISSN: 1326-0200
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Public Health Association of Australia
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2015 23:15
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 15:10

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