NAIDOC Week, Ministry of Food celebrates community cooking in Mossman Gorge

  • 6 Jul 2016
  • QLD
 

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In recognition of NAIDOC week, today Jamie Oliver's Australian home cooking program, Jamie's Ministry of Food, has released a video which clearly illustrates the program's ethos and commitment to working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to Close the Gap. The Good Foundation, which delivers Jamie's Ministry of Food in Australia, developed the program in consultation with the local Aboriginal community, elders and health council, adapting the program to local needs to ensure its success.

Supported by funding from the Queensland Government, Department of Health, Mossman Gorge is the second Aboriginal community location for Jamie Oliver's Australian home cooking program. Jamie's Ministry of Food developed a program tailored to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, recognising the gap that exists in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

"Collaborating with the people of Mossman Gorge Aboriginal community during NAIDOC week has been an honour. While our goal is to educate all Australians about the benefits of cooking fresh food from scratch, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are hardest hit by the impact of diet related disease. We look forward to expanding our Indigenous program across the country and to our continued work with the government to address the gap in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians." said Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia CEO, Elise Bennetts. 

Jamie's Ministry of Food Queensland Mobile Kitchen is currently in Mossman Gorge where it has been teaching local Aboriginal people to cook. The Good Foundation is pleased to have worked in partnership with the local Aboriginal community, Apunipima Cape York Health Council and Mossman Gorge's governing body, Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku (BBN) to deliver the program.

The release of the video follows the announcement of Queensland Health's new 10 year strategy which outlines the aim to increase life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males by 4.8 years and females by 5.1 years by 2026. 

The new strategy also aims to tackle obesity since it's 2.2 times higher for children and adults from disadvantaged areas; 48% higher for remote populations (particularly females); and 39% higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Strategy is therefore focussing on Closing the Gap in relation to nutrition education and cooking skills for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders particularly in rural and remote communities.

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said it was great to see Jamie's Ministry of Food deliver the mobile kitchen program to the Mossman community.

"This program is all about getting everyone cooking again by teaching them the basics; how to cook and how to enjoy food in a way that benefits them and their families," he said.

"In March this year, our government committed $1.34 million to continue this valuable program in Queensland, with a key focus of that funding being to grow the program's reach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including those in Mossman.

"We wanted to ensure groups across Queensland who really need some additional support are given the opportunity to take part in this great program and learn the right skills and practical tips to help them achieve better health."

Mr Dick said Queensland was the first state to partner with Jamie's Ministry of Food back in 2011 and that the partnership had played an important role to improve the health of thousands of Queenslanders ever since.

"As at the end of last year, more than 27,000 Queenslanders had attended a Jamie's Ministry of Food course, cooking demonstration or community event, so it's great to see this program still enjoying huge success as it continues to support Queenslanders, wherever they live, to lead healthier lives," Mr Dick said.

Jamie's Ministry of Food is an innovative, community-based cooking program built on Jamie's beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living. The program has been proven to work. Research funded by Queensland Health and conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne showed that participants who take the course purchased and consumed more vegetables, spent less on take away foods and changed their cooking and eating behaviours. This was sustained for 6 months after completing the course.

The Good Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with Jamie Oliver and principal partner, Woolworths to deliver Jamie's Ministry of Food throughout Australia. Queensland Health has committed funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program state wide in Queensland. Stockland has commenced a local partnership with Jamie's Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen program in Queensland. The Good Guys, founding partner of Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia, is proud to support the program which is helping to build healthier and happier communities.

For bookings and more information on Jamie's Ministry of Food visit www.jamiesministryoffood.com

For additional information contact:

Camilla Speirs m: 0409 359 339 e: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au 

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