Does the store-turnover method still provide a useful guide to food intakes in Aboriginal communities? Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To consider the application of the store-turnover method as a guide to assess food intake in remote Aboriginal communities. METHOD: Food sources in a remote Aboriginal island community were documented. The contribution of quantifiable food sources to total community-level fresh fruit and vegetable availability was determined. RESULTS: The store remains the single largest supplier of fruit and vegetables overall (54%), however its contribution varies depending on the subpopulation of interest. A store-turnover alone may significantly underestimate community-level dietary intake, depending on the contribution of other food sources. CONCLUSIONS: Changes in the food supply in remote communities, coupled with methodological complexities inherent in the store-turnover method, challenge its application in a contemporary context. IMPLICATIONS: A simplified version of the store-turnover method is needed that could be widely applied by community people and health practitioners seeking to initiate and monitor interventions to improve diet quality.


  • Brimblecombe, Julie
  • Mackerras, Dorothy
  • Clifford, Pennie
  • O'Dea, Kerin

publication date

  • October 2006