Coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition in major Australian newspapers, 1996-2015

Browne, Jennifer, Gleeson, Deborah, Adams, Karen, Atkinson, Petah and Hayes, Rick 2018, Coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition in major Australian newspapers, 1996-2015, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 277-283, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12790.

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Title Coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition in major Australian newspapers, 1996-2015
Author(s) Browne, JenniferORCID iD for Browne, Jennifer orcid.org/0000-0002-6497-2541
Gleeson, Deborah
Adams, Karen
Atkinson, Petah
Hayes, Rick
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 42
Issue number 3
Start page 277
End page 283
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-06
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Keyword(s) Indigenous health
media analysis
nutrition
policy analysis
Summary © 2018 The Authors. Objective: To examine the extent and nature of coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition issues in major Australian newspapers over two decades. Methods: Content and framing analysis of Australian newspaper articles published between 1996 and 2015 that included the terms ‘Aboriginal or Indigenous’ and ‘nutrition or diet’ in the headline and/or lead paragraph. Analysis focused on the nature of coverage, trends over time, stakeholder representation and how coverage related to policy. Results: A total of 79 articles were included. Coverage of nutrition fluctuated over time, with peaks in 1998 and 2008. The majority of articles focused on remote Aboriginal communities. Both individual and structural representations of nutrition were used and dietary quality and food insecurity were the most commonly reported nutrition issues. Few articles employed positive representations of Aboriginal peoples. Six policy functions of articles were identified: highlighting problems; reporting government announcements; promoting programs; advocating solutions; critiquing government; and defending policy. Conclusion: The coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition in newspapers does not reflect the diversity and strengths of Australia’s First Peoples. Implications for public health: This study highlights the role of the media in policy advocacy; however, advocates should ensure that they do not perpetuate negative representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12790
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy and Administration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30129431

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