Division Project Grants Program (DPGP) Project Summary
Culburra-Orient Point Aboriginal nutrition project
South East NSW Division of GP
The project is seeking to address the problem of nutritionally related disease amongst Aboriginal people in the Orient Point/Culburra area by, in the short term, an improvement in the level of nutritional education. In addition, it aims in the medium term, for an improvement in dietary behaviours; and, in the long term, for improved control of, and prevention of, nutritionally related disorders.
The project is seeking to address the problem of nutritionally related disease amongst Aboriginal people in the Orient Point/Culburra area. The project is seeking to achieve: 1. In the short term, an improvement in the level of nutritional education. 2. In the medium term, an improvement in dietary behaviours. 3. In the long term, improved control of and prevention of nutritionally related disorders. The employment of a nutritionist/health promotion officer for 12 months, to be based at Dr Bonney's surgery and responsible for the following activities: 1. Baseline evaluation of the Community's nutrition. 2. Provision of didactic and practical nutrition education that is culturally relevant this will be undertaken in group sessions using the Community's hall and on an individual basis on client request and referral from the GPs and community health workers. Individual consultation will be undertaken at the Community's clinic at set times in which the nutritionist will be available. Educational sessions at local Primary and Secondary schools, and with the GPs are planned. The nutritionist can be contacted as needed through Dr Bonney's surgery. 3. Evaluation at the end of the project to guage its impact and provide feedback. Administration 1. An advisory committee formed by members of the Jerringa Community, Aboriginal Health services and Health Cities Illawarra will assist in advising on the project. 2. Dr Andrew Bonney will oversee and administer the project. 3. Resources required will be access to a typist, the use of an overhead project and some printing for promotional literature and purchase of food stuffs for practical demonstrations. A minimal amount of equipment will be needed to be purchased.