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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
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 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>

Useful sites
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.

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 kids

Video at workshops in Arnham Land communities in Northern Territory
Gapuwiyak - The Water Song * KHA site: Drink Water Instead

EON Edible Gardens
EON Edible Gardens  I  Interactive Food Wheel  I  Setting up your garden

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 26 May 2015

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Last updated: Oct 2015.