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Multicultural nutrition resources

Healthy eating

Healthy drinks

Find videos and other resources on promoting water and other drinks to people settling in Australia here.

Samoan Nutrition Resources

These resources were developed by the Soifua Maloloina (Healthy Living for Samoans) Project Team based in Logan. Members included staff from Metro South Health’s Access and Capacity-building Team and the Voice of Samoan People Inc (VOSP).

SPoster 1 - Soifua Maloloina community nutrition programoifua Maloloina recipes

Soifua Maloloina resources

Early life

Infant feeding for African communities

Booklet - Breastfeeding your babyThis suite of resources was developed in partnership with QUT with extensive consultation with Brisbane African women. The easy English readers were created with the support of TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) and used in their Adult Migrant English Program. For many African women, English is the first language they learn to read.  Please note that these resources have been updated in 2015 to be consistent with the new national Infant Feeding Guidelines


Introduction to solids

Healthy babies resource update

Healthy babies resource order form

School aged children

School lunchboxes

Find a range of resources on healthy school lunchboxes for people settling in Australia here.

Food safety

Safe food, safe kitchens

Safe food, safe kitchens - FarsiThis is a resource on keeping foods safe in the refrigerator.  It is pictorial guide showing where to place foods in the home refrigerator and how long foods can be stored.

Resources for dietitians

Food and cultural profiles

profile_samoa_dietetic.pdfThis suite of resources was created to guide dietitian/nutritionists in providing culturally appropriate and effective services to people from a range of cultural backgrounds. Guides follow the ADIME format and follow the chronological steps in individual case management.

Cultural intelligence

Dietitians can play an important role in supporting the health of individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Culturally responsive dietitians are well positioned to:

  • provide culturally appropriate dietary advice
  • increase people’s understanding of how to shop for and prepare unfamiliar foods.
  • address misconceptions about healthy eating in Australia.

To do this, individual dietitians need to develop cultural intelligence and operate in work units that are culturally safe and accessible to clients from all cultural backgrounds. To assist in developing a greater capacity to provide culturally appropriate services, the following assessment tools have been developed:

Samoan clinical resources

heart_failure_fluid_translated.pdfMetro South Health has a large and vibrant Samoan community. Together with the Voice of the Samoan People and community members, staff of the Access and Capacity-building Team have produced a range of resources tailored for this community:

Information for people with heart failure*

Information for people with kidney disease*

* Please note that these resources should only be used by dietitians so that clients can receive advice on all their individual dietary requirements.

Resources for community nutritionists and other community workers and their organisations

Food and cultural profiles

Food and Cultural Profile - SomaliThese resources provide information about the food and food practices of selected communities settled in Brisbane (Australia). They also provide general information on traditional greetings and etiquette, a general background on their country and their health profile in Australia. For readers who are involved in nutrition education, there is also a section on culturally appropriate ways to approach this.

Last updated 1 February 2021
Last reviewed 5 April 2016