First Australians in the Northern Territory will come together to develop approaches to healthier eating and sustainable food supply at a summit in Alice Springs thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Morrison Government.
The summit will be delivered by the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), the peak body for Aboriginal community controlled health services in the Northern Territory (NT), in collaboration with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council and the NT Council of Social Service.
It will bring together remote NT communities and key stakeholders to develop and promote community-led, evidence based solutions to achieve a sustainable and affordable food supply in the NT.
Poor nutrition is linked to diseases impacting First Nations people in adulthood and food insecurity (through limited access to affordable nutritious food) is reported at a higher rate than for non-Indigenous people.
This funding through the Government’s Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme will contribute to delivering improved health outcomes in the NT.
It is part of a broader $4.1 billion commitment to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the next four years.
Our Government is focused on closing the gap and supporting culturally appropriate primary health and preventative measures for First Nations people.