Welcome to the training site for Good Food for New Arrivals

Good Food for New Arrivals (GFNA) is a nutrition awareness program designed to facilitate and improve access to sound and relevant information by newly arrived humanitarian and refugee families with young children.

Established in 2001, it is one of the many programs and services offered through the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors Inc. (ASeTTS) WA.

Through extensive community consultation, a range of resources and teaching materials have been developed to support and enhance the food and nutritional needs of refugee families in Australia.  Common food and nutrition issues for such families include malnutrition (including iron and vitamin D deficiency), infant / child feeding issues and food insecurity.

For more details about these resources please visit www.asetts.org.au/nutrition

The GFNA training materials have since been developed for use by service providers (from health, education and welfare sectors), to enhance the nutrition knowledge and cultural competency skills of staff working in this area.  Here you can learn more about the impact of the refugee experience; how to engage with refugee communities (including how to work with interpreters) and the range of food and nutrition issues experienced by those from refugee backgrounds.  The enhanced knowledge and skills that come from this can assist service providers in being able to address the range of issues and improve healthy eating behaviours of clients from refugee backgrounds in a way that takes into account their diverse backgrounds and culture.

More detailed information about this process can be found at background

About ASeTTS

ASeTTS provides comprehensive and holistic services to people from refugee or refugee-like backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma in their country of origin, during their flight to Australia, or while in detention. Services range from individual and family counselling through to community development projects aimed at building the capacity of new and emerging communities to effectively participate in Australian society.

For further details about AseTTS please visit www.asetts.org.au

Last update January 2012