|Funding Source||Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports|
Food security and related health risk funded by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (RRRDG) in 2011 will provide 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, will be targeted for this timely study. A range of interrelated factors will be 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 will be of great value to policy makers and community organisations charged with enhancing the health and well-being of young people through innovative and pragmatic initiatives related to food security.
Authorised by the Director, Department of Rural Health
19 November, 2012