Are there health benefits from improving basic nutrition in a remote Aboriginal community?

Are there health benefits from improving basic nutrition in a remote Aboriginal community? Journal Article

Australian Family Physician

  • Author(s): Jones, R., Smith, F.
  • Published: 2006
  • Volume: 35
  • ISBN: 0300-8495 (Print) 0300-8495 (Linking)

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Otitis media, chronic suppurative otitis media, and skin infections are common in many Aboriginal communities. METHOD: Primary school students in a remote Aboriginal community were examined by blood testing. Audiometry was compared before and 6 months after children were provided with fresh fruit each school day, as were rates of skin infections, and the prescription of antibiotics for otitis media and skin infections. RESULTS: All 12 students who completed both points of hearing testing had slight or greater hearing loss at baseline. Five had improved hearing at 6 months and seven (58%) had no change. Mean antibiotic prescriptions decreased from seven to 1 per month. All 15 tested had low serum vitamin C concentrations and 11 had abnormal iron studies, suggesting their poor health might be caused by poor nutrition. DISCUSSION: Although many other factors may have contributed to the improvements, the results suggest nutrition as a possible factor for poor health outcomes in remote Aboriginal communities, which could be easily overcome. A randomised trial should be conducted.

  • Urls: https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200606/6888
  • Keywords: Australia, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Male, Malnutrition/blood/complications, Nutritional Status, Oceanic Ancestry Group, Rural Health

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Jones, R., Smith, F., 2006, Are there health benefits from improving basic nutrition in a remote Aboriginal community?, Volume:35, Journal Article, viewed 14 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14524.

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