Abstract: The spending patterns on food and drink in three remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, as recently described by Brimblecombe et al. in the MJA, remind us of an audit in a dierent remote community in 1992, whose results were included in a manuscript we published in ANZJPH in 1997. Of the total expenditure at the store, takeaway and club, 29.1% was on beer, 22.1% on cigarettes, 44.7% on food and other beverages and 4.1% on non-food items. Proportional spending within the “food” items was high for sugary drinks and low for quality protein items and fresh fruit and vegetables. The health implications of these data stirred the interest of the NT Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee.
Hoy, Wendy, Manning, Rollo, Tungatalum, Lesley, Hoy, Phillip, Mott, Susan, Eddy, Daniel D., Ball, Patrick A., 2014, A profile of sales audits of a remote Aboriginal community’s general store: 1992 and 2011, Volume:38, Journal Article, viewed 06 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=26695.