Aboriginal health policy: is nutrition the "gap' in "Closing the Gap'? Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To examine the extent to which nutrition has been prioritised in national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy. METHOD: Australian Government websites were searched for Aboriginal-specific health policies and strategies developed between 2000 and 2012. Thirteen documents describing nine policies were analysed. RESULTS: Increased and more comprehensive inclusion of nutrition in Aboriginal health policy was identified during the first half of this period. In the second half, however, nutrition strategies were fragmented, and a much greater emphasis was placed on smoking. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATION: With the exception of food security in remote communities, nutrition seems to have disappeared from the national Aboriginal health policy agenda. This is a concern, given the burden of nutrition-related disease in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

publication date

  • 2014