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Does the store-turnover method still provide a useful guide to food intakes in aboriginal communities?

Brimblecombe, Julie K., Mackerras, Dorothy, Clifford, Pennie and O'Dea, Kerin (2006). Does the store-turnover method still provide a useful guide to food intakes in aboriginal communities?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,30(5):444-447.

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Title Does the store-turnover method still provide a useful guide to food intakes in aboriginal communities?
Author Brimblecombe, Julie K.
Mackerras, Dorothy
Clifford, Pennie
O'Dea, Kerin
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 30
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1326-0200   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 444
End Page 447
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Objective: To consider the application of the store-turnover method as a guide to assess food intake in remote Aboriginal communities.

Method: Food sources in a remote Aboriginal island community were documented. The contribution of quantifiable food sources to total community-level fresh fruit and vegetable availability was determined.

Results: The store remains the single largest supplier of fruit and vegetables overall (54%), however its contribution varies depending on the subpopulation of interest. A store-turnover alone may significantly underestimate communitylevel dietary intake, depending on the contribution of other food sources.

Conclusions: Changes in the food supply in remote communities, coupled with methodological complexities inherent in the store-turnover method, challenge its application in a contemporary context.

Implications: A simplified version of the store-turnover method is needed that could be widely applied by community people and health practitioners seeking to initiate and monitor interventions to improve diet quality.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00461.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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