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Nicole Turner Aboriginal Nutritionist . I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners past and present of this beautiful land I stand on today, and thank them for allowing me to be here. . My journey. Started many years ago. Shocked at the results from research that I gathered - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Closing the Gap? Not in their lifetime..

Nicole Turner Aboriginal Nutritionist I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners past and present of this beautiful land I stand on today, and thank them for allowing me to be here.

My journey.Started many years ago.Shocked at the results from research that I gatheredI know I had to do something about it Looked into where and how I can do a course with 4 kids and full time work.How many Aboriginal Nutritionist ???Good question ???I'm 1of Five that I know about in AustraliaWe need so many moreWhat are our people dying from ???, mostly preventable diseasesA lot of the gap is related to risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity, which nutrition plays a large role in. And the current GAP, differs in many areas

What change has to be made Capacity building of nutrition workforceEducation delivered by Aboriginal peopleMake community aware of problems and where they can help. Its about prevention and looking after our young kids before that get chronic diseases.

Many Layers of the Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project.

The Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project. Nicole Turner

Manager Health Promotion

Thank you.

7BackgroundInitiative of Durri ACMS in Kempsey N.S.W.Started in 2000 To prevent children from growing up to get Diabetes

University of NewcastleBiripi ACMS in Taree Durri ACMS in Kempsey Awabakal AMS in Newcastle

Centre for Public Health Nutrition at University of Sydney

Associate Professor Vicki Flood University of Wollongong.

8The Many Rivers project focuses on Diabetes prevention with Aboriginal children (although include all children as requested by our partner organisations). We address the lifestyle risk factors of food habits and physical activity participation as well as knowledge about Type 2 Diabetes.

The Many Rivers project has undertaken a range of studies on physical activity, food and nutrient intake as well as the validation of self report surveys.

This presentation presents some key results of the food and nutrient intake study., we also have a publication in final draft. I will discuss these results in the light of community focus groups undertaken in another study in the project.Food security here is addressed in the broad sense

The project is a partnership of .

Study undertaken with the support of the Centre for Public Health Nutrition at University of Sydney

Particular acknowledgement to Assoc Prof Vicki Flood who is now at the University of Wollongong who was instrumental in the designing the study, in managing the data, in guiding the pending publications, and without whom this work would not have been undertaken.

My Team

Staff and Project

3 fulltime Aboriginal staff (NSW ministry of health ) 20 casual Aboriginal staff (survey workers)

Research and data Manager.

Many partnerships and Linkages local councils, Red cross, Education Dept., Universities, AMSs, Cancer council, Menzies, NSW health, OATSIH.


MOUs /data access agreementsCo-management of the projectCommunity directed not tweaking the mainstream Intellectual property:AuthorshipAcknowledgementsOtherReturn of data to communityVery Unique project, consisting of research and health promotion.

MOUs etcMOUs with partner organisations/ experts / temporary partners eg Red CrossAccess to data by experts for the purposes of assisting with data management: statement of extent and duration of involvement , and date by which data returned

Co Management

Community Directed not tweaking the mainstream

Intellectual property which includes:Authorship of all publications, reports, Conference and other presentations etc; AcknowledgementsArtistic and photographic work

Return of data to community:Under discussionInitial issues; Data may be of use in years to come so keeping data longer that maybe required by ethics committees or the life of a proejct and ensuring that kept ethically.In the MOU between partners data is to be returned to the representative of the community on the steering committee, and subject to advice from community reference group.Return of data means also dissemination of results.

11Governance structure Multi levelled governance model Publications including Aboriginal staffCommunity involvement ,engagement and direction STEERING GROUP (up to 6 x year)

Managerial advice on every aspect of the project including planning and direction of each phase of the project; Intellectual Property matters (See Figure 2); collaboration matters between all partner organizations; financial management; accountability to funding bodies; community advocacy and governance; regional and organizational needs and issues that impact on the development and delivery of the program.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION GROUPCo-Managed: Manager Research and Evaluation and Manager Health Promotion (the latter designated for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person)All Project Officer positions are designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Project Officers implement all strategies of the program in the communities and in doing so liaise and collaborate with other organizations / sectors involved in the project such as the schools and non-government organisations.


Expertise on the National Picture regarding Indigenous and Child Health and Well-being. Provide guidance on the direction, evolution and sustainability of the program; ways to address any barriers; meeting National Priorities/Initiatives in Indigenous and Child health (including Closing the Gap Initiatives); advice on activities of other research programs to ensure that this program augments other work and aims to maximise benefits to participating Aboriginal communitiesMETHODOLOGY GROUP (up to 1 x month dependant on strategies) Advice on matters relating to research design and data analysis.

ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY REFERENCE GROUP (meets 6 to 8 x year dependant on activities of the project)

Provides community advice to the Many Rivers project on all aspects of the project includes: all publications and conference presentations vetted; development of research and health promotions activities and advice on benefit, feasibility and acceptability of these activities to their communities; community and partnership matters that impact on the delivery of the program; community controlled governance matters (see Figure 2).



The Steering committee and working group



These documents are regularly reviewed and updated , and others added to ensure relevance to all matters related to community control of researchIntellectual property

AuthorshipAcknowledgementsConference and other presentationsReportsArtistic and photographic workIndigenous cultural and intellectual propertySharing of proceedings / benefits from published research or service delivery.Data agreements

Access to data by experts for the purposes of assisting with data management: statement of extent and duration of involvement , and date by which data returnedReturn of data to community: Results Data

Memos of Understandingbetween

All partners: over-arching MOU regarding intent and conduct of programIndividual partners: location and management of project staff (all positions designated for Aboriginal people) within partner organisationExternal experts /others (such as NGOs) and partners: statement of extent and duration of involvement in any component of the research program

GLYCEMIC INDEX MethodologyDescriptionEVALUATIONSurveysFood IntakePhysical ActivityMANY RIVERSPROGRAMFORCHILDREN VALIDATION of Food and Physical Activity SurveysCOMMUNITY ASSET MAPPINGFocus Groups: parents, children & community.2. Mapped PA and food services MANY RIVERS DIABETES PREVENTION PROJECT AIM: To prevent children from growing up to get DiabetesWHAT NOW??Surveys 2011-2012PublicationsMore communities DESCRIPTIONFood IntakePhysical ActivitySTRATEGIESSchoolsGPsHealth assessments15All children

Capacity buildingResearch is about capacity building of staff as much as the something back to community...this will last long after you goSkills acquired have a ripple effect.Survey worker example:Numbers / benefitTraining

16Mean daily intake of nutrientsNutrientBoys (n = 93)Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander(n=34)non-Indigenous(n=59) Energy (kJ)*9689.28422.1Total Fat (g)87.478.9Monounsaturated fatty acids (g)31.127.7Carbohydrate (g)289.1241.7Sugars (g)148122.1Starch (g)*139.7118.8Fibre (g)21.617.9Sodium (mg)2934.52396.9Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys demonstrate a higher intake of many of the 24 nutrients examined in this study when compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts from the same Socio-economic group. Shown here are those that are statistically significantly different (to 0.05 level). *Nutrients with a Statistically significant difference