Project and website background
The NT Gardens site has been set up by Dr Andy Hume as part of a research project with the Menzies School of Health Research. The project is funded through a General Practice Education and Training Academic Post and has enabled Andy to investigate and promote remote Aboriginal food gardens across the top end of the Northern Territory.
Andy is a GP registrar currently working in Darwin. He has a background in agriculture. Andy has an interest in the potential for horticulture to reduce cardiovascular risk through dietary change in remote Aboriginal communities.
For further information about the Top End Gardens website or Andy’s research, feel free to contact him by email at DrAndrewHume@mail.com
Remote Aboriginal communities suffer from high fresh fruit and vegetable prices and poor quality and availability when compared to urban centres. The burden of lifestyle disease in Aboriginal communities is large. Growing fruit and vegetables in communities is one way to increase the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, to improve nutrition, and to help impact on this disease burden. Through changing local diets, remote horticulture has the potential to reduce the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians.
Gardens outside the top end
For more information about Remote Indigenous Gardens across the country, see the RIG website, with frequent news updates and information.