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Nutrition and Chronic Kidney Disease

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Indigenous Resources  I  Home Country News  I  Education Videos  Health Research  I  Indigenous CKD Stats  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
National Renal Resource Centre
- Indigenous Resources - or call 1800 257189.

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. 

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.

Useful Resources
     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 - To find a local renal dietitian or simply call 1800 812 942

Kukumbat gudwan daga - really cooking, good food
Developing recipes for the book was a 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 and caters for up to 100 healthy meals to improve the nutrition for people receiving meals on wheels or school lunch programs. Read more>

Useful sites
Deadly Tucker Cookbook
- Public Health Unit (North Metropolitan Area Health Service) 
Flour Drum Cookbook

IBIS healthy lifestyle guide Islanders Board of Industry & Service, P.O. Box 1108, Cairns Queensland 4870
Living Strong Cookbookh  Queensland Health
Food Cent$ Program and Manual - Foodcent$ Program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Tomorrow People starts today
Australian Better Health - Measure Up - Australian, State and Territory government initiative

Tomorrow People - for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and website tells about being healthier and living longer - today, tomorrow and into the future. Tomorrow People explains how you can improve your health by making a few simple changes to your eating habits and by being more active in your daily life. By taking a few simple steps, start making a real difference – for you and your community. Download the Tomorrow People Booklet - or order Tomorrow People Resources - use their special online order form.

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.

Jimmy Little Foundation - YouTube

This innovative health education program presents a range of fun videos of songs which can be used as part of kidney education sessions with Indigenous Australian children.

RIP Jimmy Little 2 April 2012

These videos were taken at workshops in
Arnham Land communities in Northern Territory.

Gapuwiyak - The Water Song and Drink water instead

EON Edible Gardens Program
EON Edible Gardens  I  Interactive Food Wheel  I  Setting up your garden  I  Bush Tucker datasheets

EON Thriving Communities program takes better health and disease prevention message from the garden to the home.

EON ensures that education and awareness that a nutritious diet in a happy and healthy life may prevent chronic disease, was not limited by the lack of access to affordable fruit and vegetables in remote communities.

To ensure children in these communities have access to free fresh fruit and vegetables, EON piloted its first Edible Garden in the Kimberley.

Its success led to EON Edible Gardens Programs are active in eight communities across the Kimberley, with significant expansion planned. 

Updated 13 February 2015

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Last updated: Mar 2015.