Last month, VAHI took part in a symposium held at the University of Melbourne on World Food Day, 16 October. The event was titled 'Food Insecurity in Australia – Time for Action Against Inequality Symposium'.
Alison Markwick, Senior Epidemiologist, presented the key findings of the VAHI report Challenges to health eating: Food insecurity in Victoria. The report, launched by VAHI in October, is the first comprehensive population-representative study on food insecurity in Victoria. It is based on the analysis of data from the 2014 Victorian Population Health Survey.
Food insecurity is an important determinant of health, may be fuelling the obesity epidemic, and is an indicator of growing inequality. A key finding of the VAHI report is that food insecurity is no longer a problem just for people of severe socioeconomic disadvantage but is now affecting people who live in the growth corridors of Melbourne and are mortgage stressed.
Other presentations from the symposium have been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss the research findings and consider the way forward.
For more information, please contact Alison Markwick, Health Intelligence Unit, via firstname.lastname@example.org.