|External Collaborators / Partners||UTas School of Human Life Science, Anglicare Tasmania Inc., Dorset Council, Clarence City Council & Primary Health North Esk (DHHS)|
|Funding Source||Tasmanian Food Security Council|
University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania successfully obtained a Tasmania Food Access Research project grant for $180,000 in collaboration with UTas School of Human Life Science, Anglicare Tasmania Inc., Dorset Council, Clarence City Council & Primary Health North Esk (DHHS).
Food security is essential not only for the health and wellbeing of people but also for economic growth and development of the nation as a whole. Food is a major contributor to the Tasmanian economy. However, due to a higher level of socioeconomic disadvantage in Tasmania compared to other states, food insecurity is likely to be experienced by proportionately more people. Whilst there have been efforts made to address the causes of food insecurity in Tasmania such as the establishment of the Tasmanian Food Security Council and the implementation of the Tasmanian Food and Nutrition Policy, there is currently dearth of existing data on food security in Tasmania, such as current knowledge in the areas of food availability (quality and price), barriers in food supply and infrastructure (facilities, distribution systems etc.). The aim of the Tasmanian Food Access Research project is to identify and improve understanding of food access in two municipal areas, namely the municipalities of Dorset and Clarence, through the application of a community development framework and spatial mapping.
Project Report: http://ecite.utas.edu.au/85797
Authorised by the Director, Department of Rural Health
9 October, 2013