Nutrition Projects

Healthy Communities - Cape York, 2017

The Healthy Communities Project seeks to engage Aboriginal Shire Councils and key decision makers to create supportive environments for health, with a focus on healthy drinks and smoke-free spaces. This project is being implemented during 2017 in three Cape York communities that experience high rates of overweight and obesity among children. 

It is a response to the key issue of high consumption of sugary drinks, particularly among children and teenagers, as identified by Cape York communities. The project aims to address the high rates of sugary drink consumption by increasing awareness about the health impacts of sugary drinks, reducing the availability of sugary drinks and increasing the availability of water. The project also aims to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke by creating and strengthening smoke-free spaces, events and workplace policies. Creating a local environment which supports people to make healthy choices is one pathway to better health outcomes – through making the healthy choice, the easy choice.  

The project is a multi-phase initiative incorporating a localised social marketing campaign “Sugary Drinks Proper No Good – Drink More Water Youfla”, community driven decision making, and implementation of supportive environment strategies. A large focus is on working closely with Aboriginal Shire Councils to develop and implement sustainable strategies, which are truly driven and owned by community. Funding for the project has been provided by Queensland Government Department of Health and Northern Queensland Primary Health Network.

Need for Feed Cape York, 2016

Need for Feed is an evidence-based, innovative, practical, hands-on cooking program which provides high school students with the opportunity to master their cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen whilst enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of healthy foods. Need for Feed is coordinated by Diabetes Queensland and is available to schools across Queensland.  

In 2012-13, Apunipima was involved in the modification of the Need for Feed program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Cape York. In Need for Feed ‘Cape York Style’, students had the opportunity to learn about the importance of eating Go, Grow, and Glow foods to keep our bodies healthy, and cook a range of healthy meals in a fun and practical learning environment. Since 2012, Apunipima staff have facilitated a range of Need for Feed programs across Cape York.

In 2016, Need for Feed ‘Cape York Style’ was updated by Diabetes Queensland with the help of an expert Advisory Group to become ‘Tukka Tools’, which is now available for schools across Queensland to use. The program still focuses on consuming Go, Grow and Glow foods, but has additional recipes to allow the teacher to mix and match recipes to suit their students.

For more information on Need for Feed please contact the Need for Feed Project Officer on 1300 136 588 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further information about the program can be accessed on the Need for Feed page of the Diabetes Queensland site.

Jamie's Ministry of Food Mossman Gorge, 2016

Jamie’s Ministry of Food (JMOF) is a community cooking program that improves the health of participants by educating, empowering and inspiring them to love and enjoy good food. Delivered in Australia by The Good Foundation (TGF), the five week course teaches individuals the basics on preparing simple, healthy and affordable meals.

The Good Foundation (TGF) is committed to working together with the Queensland Government to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander populations to help to close the gap to achieve better health and life expectation outcomes. TGF was proud to partner with Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Inc. (BBN), to deliver the Jamie’s Ministry of Food program to the Mossman Gorge community from 13th June – 16th July 2016.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen Mossman Gorge video

Jamie's Ministry of Food Mossman Gorge Case Study

LEAPS Professional Development Program Cape York, 2015 - 2016

The Learning, Eating, Active Play and Sleep (LEAPS) project is a professional development program and support service for early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators in Queensland.

LEAPS is based on the Australian Government resource Get Up and Grow, which incorporates the national healthy eating guidelines and physical activity recommendations for ECEC settings. The LEAPS professional development program aimed to build capacity and confidence of ECEC educators to implement the Get up and Grow guidelines into routine practice at their workplace as well as effectively convey this information to families to promote healthy growth of Queensland children.

The LEAPS project partnered with Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima) for advice and support in tailoring of the LEAPS professional development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ECEC settings. Apunipima was also subcontracted for the delivery of the LEAPS professional development sessions across Cape York and associated evaluation activities.

The LEAPS project was funded by the Queensland Government. The delivery of LEAPS in Cape York was a collaborate effort by NAQ Nutrition, Queensland University of Technology and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

Learning, Eating, Active Play and Sleep (LEAPS) Evaluation Report - March 2017

Healthy Choice Rewards, 2014 - 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia are reported to consume 62.5% less fruit and 48% less vegetables than other Australians. Interventions influencing food prices have the potential to improve diet behaviours. The Healthy Choice Rewards study was designed to test the feasibility of a monetary incentive in the form of store vouchers to promote fruit and vegetable purchasing in a remote Aboriginal community context. The project was completed in 2015 as part of implementing a key objective of the Cape York Food and Nutrition Strategy – to ensure equitable food affordability, availability and access comparable to urban Australia.

Healthy Choice Rewards Key Findings Community Feedback Poster