Addressing food insecurity in Australia through education for sustainability

Nuttman, Sonia, Patrick, Rebecca and Townsend, Margaret 2020, Addressing food insecurity in Australia through education for sustainability, Health promotion international, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 1601-1611, doi: 10.1093/heapro/daz119.

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Title Addressing food insecurity in Australia through education for sustainability
Author(s) Nuttman, Sonia
Patrick, RebeccaORCID iD for Patrick, Rebecca
Townsend, Margaret
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 35
Issue number 6
Start page 1601
End page 1611
Total pages 11
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020-12
ISSN 1460-2245
Keyword(s) environment
health education
sustainable development goals
Summary Within Australia food insecurity affects an estimated 4 million people annually. Health promotion degrees traditionally prepare pre-service graduates to address food insecurity from a social determinants perspective, little consideration of integrating ecological determinants, however, has been noted. This is a significant problem considering unprecedented environmental challenges facing future food production. Education for sustainability (EfS) is purported to develop graduates who can respond to significant sustainability issues in the 21st century. This study examined the potential for health promotion degrees to utilize EfS to address food insecurity through an ecological lens. The study also illustrates why it might be valuable for academics to use such an approach. Semi-structured interviews with 15 Australian health and sustainability academics and document analysis of 26 associated teaching units was undertaken. Thematic analysis informed the data analysis process to provide meaning and insight into emerging themes. Academics were unaware of EfS or its potential for developing ecologically literate graduates. A lack of university commitment towards sustainability and knowledge and skills to implement EfS were identified as potential barriers. Academics, however, were ascribing to the central tenets used in EfS such as interdisciplinary thinking and reflective practice, demonstrating its potential use in health promotion. EfS, as a framework for incorporating an ecological perspective into health promotion degrees has not been fully realized. This study suggests capacity building of academics with regard to the use of EfS as an approach within health promotion degrees to address significant sustainability issues in the 21st century, such as food insecurity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/daz119
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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