Public Statements

Food Security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Policy

A joint policy of DAA, the Public Health Association of Australia and Australian Red Cross. The purpose of the policy document is to provide succinct data about the current situation in relation to food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and outline the action the DAA and the PHAA will undertake to address the issues identified.


Recent dismissal of Ms Jennifer Elliott as a DAA member

DAA would like to present the facts of Ms Jennifer Elliott’s case and have sought legal advice prior to doing so. Please find details of the case below and an extract from the letter sent to Ms Elliott on 4 March 2015.

A joint complaint was made by a dietitian and a former patient against Ms Elliott in 2014. This included a signed release of medical records by the patient which DAA obtained. Based on these medical records and substantial amounts of other evidence, all of which were sighted by Ms Elliott, a hearing and investigation panel was convened. Ms Elliott declined to state her claim before a hearing and investigation panel constituted as required by the By-law, which included external representation. The decision of that panel was communicated to Ms Elliott and she was given leave to appeal which she made no attempt to do. DAA had no other alternative than to enforce the recommendations of the panel which follow and include the specific reasons for expulsion which DID NOT include use of a low carbohydrate diet.