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There are many foods that help Indigenous people stay healthy. To find out more, we’ve listed some valuable resources and programs to explore.
Guides, programs and more
This book is a helpful guide about eating Indigenous foods when you have chronic kidney disease and diabetes, especially when living in remote home country. It provides the nutritional breakdown of many Australian Indigenous foods, including animals (such as walleroo, kangaroo, possum), insects (such as moths, witchetty grubs, ants) and native fruits and vegetables, commonly known as bush tucker.
This resource can be used to develop a renal diet using bush tucker ingredients. It is designed to support a health professional who needs to explain that when you have sick kidneys, a special diet can slow down kidney failure and limit the build-up of waste products and fluid in the body.
Founded in 2005, EON is a WA based not-for-profit organisation that delivers a food and nutrition focused healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program. The Program is now established and proven in 16 Indigenous communities in Western Australia.
EON builds edible gardens in remote Indigenous schools and communities for a secure supply of fresh food, and partners with them to deliver a hands-on practical gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene program.
EON’s aim is that a nutritious diet in a happy and healthy life is not limited by the lack of access to affordable fruit and vegetables in remote communities.
This cookbook contains healthy recipes for feeding ten or more people. Developing the recipes was a collaborative effort between women from the remote Aboriginal communities of the Jawoyn region with help from chef Alison Lorraine, a nutritionist with the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The recipes use local ingredients and cater for up to 100 healthy meals to improve the nutrition of people receiving meals on wheels or school lunch programs.
The Jimmy Little Foundation team regularly travels to Arnhem Land communities giving workshops to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make better healthy food choices and drink water instead of sugary fizzy drinks. Healthy eating dramatically reduces the incidence of chronic kidney disease, which destroys families and communities across Australia.
This innovative health education program presents a range of fun videos of songs that can be used as part of kidney education sessions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.