Remote communities in NT to benefit from affordable baby formula

Parents in remote Indigenous communities will be able to get baby formula at the same price as urban areas after an agreement between Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation and Wattle Health Australia Limited.

The formula, GoldCare+ will be sold for $29.95 at 27 stores in remote Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

ALPA chief executive officer Alastair King said it was great to partner with an Australian manufacturer who shared their vision to offer affordable products to improve health in remote communities.

“Supplying affordable goods in remote areas is not easy and in this instance, meant the manufacturer, wholesalers and stores are all operating at a reduced margin to ensure this premium infant formula is available for $29.95,” he said.

ALPA nutritionist Tracey Fitzgibbon said breast milk remained the best food source for babies, but mothers unable to feed their infant needed access to a quality product at a reasonable price.

“Wattle Health Australia GoldCare+ has the ingredients essential for balanced nutrition, brain development, healthy eyes and assistance in building the immune system so it made sense to partner with this Australian company,” she said.