Does the store-turnover method still provide a useful guide to food intakes in aboriginal communities?

Julie Brimblecombe, Dorothy Mackerras, Pennie Clifford, Kerin O'Dea

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Objective: To consider the application of the store-turnover method as a guide to assess food intake in remote Aboriginal communities. Method: Food sources in a remote Aboriginal island community were documented. The contribution of quantifiable food sources to total community-level fresh fruit and vegetable availability was determined. Results: The store remains the single largest supplier of fruit and vegetables overall (54%), however its contribution varies depending on the subpopulation of interest. A store-turnover alone may significantly underestimate community-level dietary intake, depending on the contribution of other food sources. Conclusions: Changes in the food supply in remote communities, coupled with methodological complexities inherent in the store-turnover method, challenge its application in a contemporary context. Implications: A simplified version of the store-turnover method is needed that could be widely applied by community people and health practitioners seeking to initiate and monitor interventions to improve diet quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-447
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

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