Nutrition and Chronic Kidney Disease
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Indigenous Resources I Home Country News I Education Videos I Health Research I Indigenous CKD Stats I Weblinks
Bush Tucker in Kidney Failure and Diabetes
Unique guide presents helpful advice on eating Indigenous foods when you have kidney failure and diabetes, especially for who live in remote home country.
Use with clients to develop a renal diet using Bush Tucker. Download book free from
When you have sick kidneys a special diet can slow the rate of kidney failure and limit the build up of waste products and fluid in the body. The kidney slows down in stages, so your diet needs to change, to help it work. In kidney failure - you should take care with salt (sodium), phosphate, protein, potassium and calories.
National Renal Resource Centre - Indigenous Resources - or call 1800 257189
This 'Bush Tucker' book provides the nutrition breakdown of many Australian Indigenous and native foods - animals (walleroo, kangaroo, possum, etc), insects (moth, witchety grub, ants), native fruits and vegetables.
Nutrition and CKD KHA website: under For Patients - Management
Back on the Menu KHA's recipe book for a restricted low potassium diet
Kidney Stories Toolkit - No 8: Diet and kidney disease
Dietitians Association of Australia Find local renal dietitian or call 1800 812 942
Kukumbat gudwan daga - really cooking, good food
Collaborative effort between women from remote Indigenous Australian communities of Jawoyn region, with a chef Alison Lorraine, nutritionist from Fred Hollows Foundation. Women's centres created a nutritious cookbook that uses local ingredients with around 100 healthy meals to improve the nutrition for people receiving meals on wheels or school lunch programs. Read more>
Deadly Tucker cookbook Public Health Unit (North Metropolitan Area Health Service)
Flour Drum cookbook
Go for 2 and 5 A Better Health initiative - Australian, State and Territory Government
Living Strong cookbook Queensland Health
IBIS healthy lifestyle guide Islanders Board of Industry & Service, PO Box 1108, Cairns Queensland 4870
Food Cent$ Program and Manual - Foodcent$ Program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
Thumbs Up for Healthy Tucker
This team regularly travel to Arnhem Land communities giving workshops to encourage young Indigenous Aussies to make better healthy food choices and drink water instead of sweet sugar fizzy drinks. Healthy eating dramatically reduces the incidence of kidney failure which destroys families and communities across Australia.
EON Edible Gardens Program
EON Edible Gardens I Interactive Food Wheel I Setting up your garden I Education materials
EON Thriving Communities Program takes better health and disease prevention message from the garden to the home, to ensure education and awareness that a nutritious diet in a happy and healthy life may prevent chronic disease.
To support these communities with access to free fresh fruit and vegetables, EON piloted its first Edible Garden in the Kimberley, which led to many EON Edible Gardens Projects in communities across the Kimberley, with significant expansion planned.
Updated 20 March 2015