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Are we really serious about closing the health gap?

Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by .


The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) report highlights the need for policy cohesion within all sectors of government. In order to respond effectively to the WHO Commission report a whole of government approach to addressing health equity would be required. A ‘Health Equity in all Policies’ approach could adopt a process such as Equity-focused Health Impact Assessment, where all new policies are evaluated against the potential to increase health inequalities and remediation measures identified and implemented within the policy framework.
A significant area of public policy related to this inquiry into the SDoH, currently under development federally, is the National Food Plan. It is of concern to the SFFA and MFFF, that the National Food Plan Green Paper, released earlier this year, does not take a SDoH approach to addressing national action on food and health.


READ MORE:   Submission to the Inquiry into Australia’s domestic response to the WHO Commission on SDoH report “Closing the Gap”

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Kempsey – Food and related infrastructure maps; a collaboration

Posted on 28. Nov, 2012 by .



A collaboration between Australian Red Cross, Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Program (University of Newcastle and Durri ACMS) and Kempsey Shire Council has produced a series of interactive web-based maps of Kempsey and the Kempsey Local Government Area. These maps provide detailed snapshots of existing community infrastructures overlaid on SEIFA areas.

 DOWNLOAD…    Kempsey food security mapping

The maps are available from Kempsey Shire Council website

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The Australia Institute Report – Beating Around the Bush

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .


Attached  is a new report, “Beating Around the Bush” from The Australia Institute which quantifies the impact to Agriculture from the high AUD that has arisen from the mining “boom”.


Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $43.5 billion in export income. This includes $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.

The damage the mining boom is doing to other sectors has created what has been dubbed the ‘two speed economy’. The booming mining industry has pushed up the Australian exchange rate and in doing so has cut the export earnings of trade-exposed parts of the economy.

Read more…  “Beating Around the Bush”




Australian field of wheat by: Adrian van Leen

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Minister launches National Food Plan green paper

Posted on 02. Aug, 2012 by .


Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, released the National Food Plan green paper for public consultation.

Your chance to contribute to the National Food Plan.

Click on the link below to:

  • Read the green paper,
  • Register for  the public meetings
  • Send your comments before 30 September

Clink on link…   National Food Plan green paper 

Important related articles:

“The draft National Food Plan: putting corporate hunger first” by Nicholas Rose and Michael Croft challenges the assumptions underlying the green paper.

The draft National Food Plan: putting corporate hunger first

Brief on the National Food Plan Green Paper  from Food Alliance. The aim of this paper is to assist you in responding to the green paper.

Brief on the National Food Plan Green Paper



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Our Last SFFA Public Talk – Food Security in France

Posted on 01. Aug, 2012 by .



Talk presented by Brigit Busicchia  (Macquarie University) who had just returned from 3  months in France.


To talk about food security in France is also to talk about food security in Australia as it may highlight different understandings of what food is and should be, as it may bring our attention to the relationship between farmers and the state, and as it may offer a different model to fight food insecurity.

 There are many dimensions to the issue of food security but for the purpose of this talk, some key policy initiatives in the areas of production and consumption of food were be presented.

 This talk began with the ongoing debate about farm subsidies in Europe and how the French government has reformed its agricultural sector by incorporating the concept of multifunctionality of agriculture into its legislation. It also presented the French government position on coal seam gas mining.

 Food manufacturing and processing are important sectors of the food economy. The government has had problems in controlling the health and nutrition outcomes of this sector and these aspects were discussed and in particular, key intiatives put in place by the government in an attempt to regulate food related health conditions.

 Food security is also about affordability and some key policy responses to food price inflation and food relief assistance were presented. 

 And finally we cannot talk about food production and consumption without talking about food wastage.


When:     Monday 6 August 2012 at 6pm.

Where:  St Andrew House between St Andrew’s Cathedral and Town Hall, George St., Sydney



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Crops hit by drought and biofuel policy: another food price crises

Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by .



Important article by SFFA member Brigit Busicchia.   Brigit is a research student at Macquarie University and has just returned from France.

 ”Crops hit by drought and biofuel policy: another food price  crisis?



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Report – The Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health

Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by .


The World Health Organisation in 2008 detailed how member nations could improve the health of their populations by reform outside of the health system.

Within Australia, low-income earners suffer twice the amount of chronic illness than high-income

The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), report released by Catholic Health Australia (CHA)  shows if we improved the health of low-income earners, there are savings to the taxpayer and gains for the economy to be made.

READ…    Request for the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs to establish an inquiry into the Social Determinants of Health

READ…   Media Release  Inquiry could save taxpayers millions

READ…   The Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health      Report 2 /2012


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