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Is Aboriginal nutrition a priority for local government? A policy analysis

Helson, Catherine, Walker, Ruth, Palermo, Claire, Rounsefell, Kim, Aron, Yudit, Macdonald, Catherine, Atkinson, Petah and Browne, Jennifer 2017, Is Aboriginal nutrition a priority for local government? A policy analysis, Public health nutrition, vol. 20, no. 16, pp. 3019-3028, doi: 10.1017/S1368980017001902.

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Title Is Aboriginal nutrition a priority for local government? A policy analysis
Author(s) Helson, Catherine
Walker, Ruth
Palermo, Claire
Rounsefell, Kim
Aron, Yudit
Macdonald, Catherine
Atkinson, Petah
Browne, JenniferORCID iD for Browne, Jennifer orcid.org/0000-0002-6497-2541
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 20
Issue number 16
Start page 3019
End page 3028
Total pages 10
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2017-11
ISSN 1368-9800
1475-2727
Keyword(s) Aboriginal health
Health policy
Indigenous health
Local government
Policy
Policy analysis
Summary Copyright © The Authors 2017. Objective The present study aimed to explore how Australian local governments prioritise the health and well-being of Aboriginal populations and the extent to which nutrition is addressed by local government health policy. Design In the state of Victoria, Australia, all seventy-nine local governments' public health policy documents were retrieved. Inclusion of Aboriginal health and nutrition in policy documents was analysed using quantitative content analysis. Representation of Aboriginal nutrition 'problems' and 'solutions' was examined using qualitative framing analysis. The socio-ecological framework was used to classify the types of Aboriginal nutrition issues and strategies within policy documents. Setting Victoria, Australia. Subjects Local governments' public health policy documents (n 79). Results A small proportion (14 %, n 11) of local governments addressed Aboriginal health and well-being in terms of nutrition. Where strategies aimed at nutrition existed, they mostly focused on individual factors rather than the broader macroenvironment. Conclusions A limited number of Victorian local governments address nutrition as a health issue for their Aboriginal populations in policy documents. Nutrition needs to be addressed as a community and social responsibility rather than merely an individual 'behaviour'. Partnerships are required to ensure Aboriginal people lead government policy development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980017001902
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30129433

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