Making tracks in children’s health

Professor Lauren Williams, Head of Discipline, Nutrition and Dietetics

The challenge

Closing the gap in health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians is a national priority. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples have higher rates of obesity than non-indigenous children.

The reasons are complex but contributing factors include the observation that they eat less fruit and vegetables and drink more sugary beverages than non-indigenous young people.

MATCH - Making Tracks in Children’s Health

We will work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to develop a culturally appropriate service for dealing with weight and obesity issues in order to improve the health of the community. Healthy eating and physical activity will be promoted to optimise health-related quality of life.

For the first time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families will have access to culturally-appropriate overweight and obesity services that they have helped design.