A longitudinal study of the cost of food in Victoria influenced by geography and nutritional quality

Claire Elizabeth Palermo, Julia McCartan, Suzanne Kleve, Kompal Sinha, Alan Murray Shiell

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Objective: To monitor the cost and affordability of a nutritious diet and to assess the influence of distance from the capital city and socioeconomic status on the cost of nutritious food in Victoria. Methods: Twenty-six of Victoria s 79 local government areas (33 ) were randomly chosen for inclusion in the study. A random sample of stores was selected for inclusion from each local government area. The cost of the 44 healthy and 10 discretionary food and drinks in the healthy food basket for a family of four for a fortnight was collected during the winter and summer of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Results: The mean cost of the basket increased from 424.06 - 38.22 in winter 2012 to 451.19 - 33.83 in summer 2014 (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270 - 273
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • food cost
  • nutrition
  • rural
  • socioeconomic

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