2016 Baume Travel Scholarship

Katie Thurber
11 May 2016

Katie Thurber is in the final year of her PhD at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. Her current work uses a mixed methods approach to understand barriers to a healthy diet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia. She will present these findings at the international conference Pathways to Health Equity – Levelling the Playing Field in Winnipeg, Canada in June. Indigenous populations in both Canada and Australia face inter-related issues of food insecurity and obesity; both populations experience barriers to accessing healthy food, and are exposed to an overabundance of energy-dense nutrient-poor foods. Canada has demonstrated a sustained commitment to implementing policies to improve nutrition for their Indigenous populations, through a multi-sectoral approach and community engagement; the Canadian experience can likely provide valuable lessons for Australia.