Dr Megan Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Megan has over 20 years' experience in the field of nutrition and public health, predominately in remote Aboriginal communities. This experience has been across food security, food supply and maternal and child health initiatives, working in the government, retail industry and in research. Megan has also worked in the international humanitarian and development sector, implementing and evaluating nutrition and public health initiatives. Megan’s research interests are in supporting local decision-makers in the use of evidence in policy and practice, with a focus on improving food security and the healthiness of the food environment. Megan is an Honorary Research Fellow with Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin.


Our food environments influence the food choices we make. Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community food stores are in many cases the primary source of food for residents in communities. The most common model of store governance is of incorporated community ownership, where community members are the decision-makers. In addition to running effective retail operations, a number of stores and retail organisations aim to promote social and health outcomes. In this seminar, Megan will introduce the research program she has collaborated on, and the work she has lead in remote retail stores. She will describe broadly some future steps in this research program.

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