|Funding Source||Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government|
The project of $22,486 was funded by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (RRRDG) in 2011. It provided an opportunity to investigate the issue of food security among the youth living in the North West coast region of Tasmania, which is experiencing a loss of industries and infrastructure. Young job seekers residing in this region, whose employment prospects have accordingly been reduced and food security worsened, were targeted for this timely study. A range of interrelated factors were examined including: socio-economic status, employment opportunities, awareness of healthy foods, health conditions, access to healthy foods, and peer influences on food choices. The findings and recommendations from this study have provided policy makers and community organisations some insights for enhancing the health and well-being of young people through innovative and pragmatic initiatives related to food security.
Project Report: http://ecite.utas.edu.au/79669
Authorised by the Director, Department of Rural Health
9 October, 2013