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Exploring the existence and experience of food insecurity in low-to-middle income Melbourne,Victoria households

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posted on 2019-03-26, 21:07 authored by SUZANNE KLEVE
Food insecurity, the limited or uncertain availability of households’ physical, social and economic access to sufficient, nutritious food, affects health. It is determined by a complex interaction of factors, but primarily income and financial constraints. This thesis explored food insecurity in low-to-middle income (A$40,000-$80,000) Melbourne households. The mixed methods research involved analysis of population health data and qualitative interviews identifying that food insecurity exists in these Australian households. The experience of food insecurity varied in duration, with differing severity and consequences. The findings progress the understanding of this complex issue informing public health policy and practice responses.


Principal supervisor

Claire Elizabeth Palermo

Additional supervisor 1

Dr. Sue Booth

Additional supervisor 2

Dr. Zoe Davidson

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Nutrition and Dietetics

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences