Local Projects

 

Local Community Campaigns are grass roots campaigns delivering healthy lifestyle messages to tackle chronic disease. These campaigns enable communities to deliver their own projects to promote and reinforce messages about healthy lifestyle choices within their community.

New South Wales

Arts OutWest

The Spread the Word project is a publicity campaign which will see local Aboriginal people developing a range of art products that will promote awareness of chronic disease in the central west region of NSW.

The Spread the Word project will include a program of art workshops in centres across the region, raising participant awareness of chronic disease and promoting campaign messages.  Health workers will be present at all the workshops to conduct health checks.

Locations: Central West region of NSW- Condoblin, Forbes, Parkes, Peak Hill, Wellington, Orange, Cowra, Bathurst, Lithgow Lake, and Cargelligo

 

Balranald Aboriginal Health Service

The Healthy Management and Understanding of Early Childhood Development project is an expansion of the ‘Little Bunyips Playgroup’ program, and aims to inform locals of available medical services in the area and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

Health and medical personnel will attend the playgroup to carry out health checks and educate children and parents on relevant health issues.

Location: Balranald District, NSW

 

Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation

The Get Active Coomealla project aims to increase the capacity of Wentworth Shire community members to manage their health and fitness and reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity. The project will make gym equipment and exercise instruction available to community members in the Dareton area and will involve a community member training as a personal trainer. In addition, health checks will be arranged for community members who use the gym facilities, and advertising and print materials will promote the services and the messages about avoiding or managing chronic disease.

Location: Dareton, NSW

 

Gandangara Health Service

The Be Healthy – Get Health Help project is designed to target the Liverpool Aboriginal community and aims to increase awareness of the causes of chronic disease, and how accessing local health services will help individuals stay healthy to prevent and manage chronic disease.

A series of Health Promotion days, coordinated by Aboriginal Health Workers, will be held to bring the Aboriginal community together to celebrate. These Health Promotion days will also educate the community on nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol cessation, health screening for weight and height, measurements, and diet.

Location: Liverpool (Sydney), NSW

 

Heart Foundation

The Be Stronger, Live Longer project will include the promotion of healthy lifestyles to help reduce the risk of illness and death amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region.

The Heart Foundation will work with existing community groups and chronic disease health programs to provide nutritional and physical activity options for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Activities will include exercise sessions, healthy cooking programs, the establishment of traditional food gardens, health checks, and health care referrals at community cultural events.

Locations: Illawarra and Shoalhaven, NSW

 

Kool Purple Kookas Indigenous Corporation

KPK’s Cookbook Competition project will include the delivery of a series of one-day cooking programs to Aboriginal children aged 10-12 in communities across NSW.

Involvement in the project will teach children about healthy eating habits and how a better diet can help prevent chronic disease. As an extension to the one-day cooking lessons, Kool Purple Kookas Indigenous Corporation will also deliver a web-based cooking competition to encourage the participants to cook healthy meals inspired by local bush tucker for their families. A cookbook will be compiled from the healthy recipes created.

Locations: Ballina, Coonabarabran, Foster, Moree, Narrandera, Redfern, Singleton, Tingha, Wee Waa, and Wyong, NSW

 

Loddon Murray Mallee Medicare Local

Aunty Jean’s Program in Deniliquin and Moama is an extension of the national Aunty Jean’s Project, an early intervention/preventative health education program, to clients in Deniliquin and Moama over the next two years. This program focuses on smoking, chronic disease management, and mental and cultural health. Activities include gentle exercise sessions, health education sessions, health checks and healthy lunches.

Locations: Deniliquin and Moama, NSW

 

National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA)

The Healthy Living is Affordable Living project is designed to educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth about a variety of low-cost healthy lifestyle options for themselves and their families.

The program will also include a before-school fitness and breakfast program, healthy shopping, eating and cooking activities, and bush day trips.

Locations: South Sydney suburbs including Redfern, Waterloo, Alexandria, Tempe and Marrickville, NSW

 

Southern NSW Medicare Local

Aunty Jean’s Good Health Program Goulburn will include the delivery of a range of healthy lifestyle activities, personalised health management strategies and culturally appropriate health promotion and information sharing.

Southern NSW Medicare Local will deliver two 12-week healthy cooking courses, and support participants to attend the Aunty Jean’s 2012 Mini Olympics event in Nowra.

Location: Goulburn and surrounding areas, NSW

 

South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (Sutherland)

The Sutherland and St George Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyle Program is designed to increase the health literacy, healthy lifestyle behaviours and cultural health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of the Sutherland Shire and St George area.

Through the development and implementation of a healthy lifestyle program, South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local will educate participants about lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, nutrition, and alcohol, as well as running a physical activity program and traditional cultural activities.

Location: Sutherland Shire and St George region (Sydney), NSW

 

TAFE NSW (Illawarra Institute)

The Tradies Tune-Up project is a support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students stuyding at TAFE NSW. The Tradies Tune-Up project is designed to monitor the health of students during their studies and aims to equip students with knowledge and awareness of healthy living and lifestyle choices.

TAFE NSW will conduct ‘pit stop’ health checks at TAFE campuses, and provide advice and information about local health care services.

Locations: Illawarra, Shellharbour, Bega, Nowra, Moruya (TAFE Campuses), NSW

 

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

Project #1: Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s Good Tucker All Round project will develop a food distribution network to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables from the Sydney Markets on a daily basis. The network will then distribute different sized bags of produce at a subsidised cost to community members in South West Sydney. Participants will be given health checks and Tharawal’s Community Kitchen will also be used to educate community members about healthy preparation of the produce. Recipe cards and other health information will also be provided and community service announcements will be developed.

Location: South West Sydney, NSW

Project #2: The Get Active, Anytime, Anywhere project involves expanding the existing Djurali Program, a community exercise program. The funding will be used to provide equipment and professional instructors, as well as resources such as exercise charts, exercise and nutrition diaries and a dedicated space on the Tharawal website for participants to share their experiences.

Location: South West Sydney, NSW

 

Waminda South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Service Corporation

This project is an extension of the Waminda Aboriginal Women’s Health and Wellbeing Program, which was run on a trial basis in 2010 to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity for Aboriginal women in the Shoalhaven area. The program will include brief interventions and early interventions to assess and support women interested in behaviour modification, a comprehensive and intensive tobacco cessation program, healthy wellbeing camps, support for the community garden, and localised health promotion and health education days.

Location: Shoalhaven region, NSW

 

Wingecarribee Family Support Service

The Aboriginal Young Men’s Project is designed to target school-aged boys and young men to address a range of health issues. The Aboriginal Young Men’s Project will include the delivery of weekly sessions, engaging participants through art and music sessions, cultural connections, and identifying community health and specialist services that support health and wellbeing.

Wingecarribee Family Support Service will provide participants with access to local Elders, information on a range of relevant health and wellbeing issues, and a safe space in which to participate in regular peer learning and support.

Locations: Wingecarribbee District including Bowral, Moss Vale, Mittagong, and Bundanoon, NSW

 

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation

The Quit Smoking Campaign is designed to reduce the number of people smoking by running a program of community events. These events will include a healthy-eating workshop and health screening clinics to link the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with local health services.

Location: Deniliquin, NSW

 Northern Territory

Anyinginyi Health

The Friday Night Games project is designed to provide physical and recreational activities for young Aboriginal people aged 12-26 living in the Barkly region. These activities include health workshops, cooking and organised team sports, and promotion of chronic disease-specific health messages.

Location: Tennant Creek and Barkly region, NT

 

Charles Darwin University/Yalu Marnggithinyaraw

Charles Darwin University will partner with Yalu Marnggithinyaraw to deliver a community education project called Sharing the Full and True Story About Chronic Disease. This project targets Aboriginal people in North East Arnhem Land, in particular those in the Galiwin’ku homelands. The project aims to revive positive traditional knowledge and practices related to health whilst also improving access to Western health information. Using community workshops and education sessions, and resources translated into the traditional Yolngu language. The project will promote informed decision-making, lifestyle changes and the use of health services.

Locations: North East Arnhem Land and Galiwin’ku homelands, NT

 

Gap Youth Centre Aboriginal Corporation

The Gap Youth Centre’s GYC4 Lyfe campaign targets both permanent residents of Alice Springs and people living in town camps, with a key aim of encouraging the use of health services. The project has four main elements: Active, Food, Culture and Media. As part of the project, the GYC gym will be upgraded and promoted, healthy cooking actvities will be run in an upgraded kitchen, cultural activities including ‘Storywalks’ and ‘Yarn sessions’ will be used to encourage chronic diseases prevention, and local media organisations will be involved in documenting and promoting the activities and messages about healthy lifestyles.

Location: Alice Springs, NT

 

Hoops 4 Health Aboriginal Corporation

The Hoops 4 Health Challenge aims to raise awareness of the lack of understanding of risk factors that contribute to chronic disease through a series of ‘Live Longer’ basketball challenges in remote communities leading up to a major basketball tournament to be held in Darwin. The tournament will invite schools from all over the NT and promote physical activity, having health checks, drinking water and healthy eating as important factors in reducing chronic disease. This will be reinforced by radio advertising.

Locations: Darwin, Palmerston and remote NT

 

Laynhapuy Homelands Association Inc

The Manymak Yolngu Natha project aims to reestablish and support traditional hunting and gathering groups in eight major Yolngu Homeland communities in East Arnhem Land to encourage and reinforce traditional healthy lifestyle choices and behaviour. Technology and traditional storytelling will come together in documenting the activities through photography and film. Close consultation with communities will help refine activities and the resulting films will be presented to communities at film nights.

Location: Yolngu Homeland communities, East Arnhem Land, NT

 

Red Dust Role Models

Red Dust Healthy Living Weeks will provide a series of targeted workshops with primary and secondary school children in a number of remote Indigenous communities in the NT. The topics covered will include nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation, and activities will include an excursion to a medical clinic, t-shirt and poster design competitions, and a competition to produce a short film. Training packages will be developed and community members will have the chance to become local champions and be trained to undertake ongoing activities.

Locations: Remote NT communities (possibly including Nguiu, Gapuwiyak, DalyRiver, Lajamanu, Areyonga, Yuendumu and Kintore)

 

Rob de Castella’s SmartStart for Kids

The I-CAN project is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the Amoonguna Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community by raising awareness of chronic disease and delivering physical activity, healthy eating and healthy living activities.

The I-CAN project will include health and fitness checks, physical activities and a nutrition education program for school-aged children and adults.

Location: Amoonguna, NT

 

Skinnyfish Music

The Themed Digital Health Stories Project aims to involve young people aged 12-18 in creating a series of themed digital stories (three to five minutes in length) from each seven remote NT communities. The digital stories will be developed around the themes of nutrition, physical activity, smoking, health checks and chronic disease issues. The stories will then be uploaded to the internet to be shared.

Locations: Arnhem Land and Tiwi Islands, NT

 

Tiwi Education Board Inc (Tiwi College)

The Taste It, Do It, Live It project will engage Tiwi Islanders to improve their diets, exercise more and access primary health care. The main focus of the activity is the training of Tiwi College students in safe and nutritious food preparation and service, the collection and hunting of traditional bush tucker, and learning health assessment skills. This campaign will extend to the broader community through holistic health days and will be supported by promotional messages from the Essendon Football Club and local Tiwi Bombers team.

Location: Melville Island, NT

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

The Healthy Community, Healthy Life project aims to encourage physical activity, good nutrition and the importance of regular health checks, whilst facilitating the retention and transfer of traditional and contemporary systems of knowledge about good health practices between community elders and younger generations in Western Desert communities. This project constitutes a series of community walks, culminating in members of all communities undertaking a long walk, a week of camping and walking following traditional Tjukurrpa routes. In addition to providing participants with the necessary gear to undertake these activities, the project will deliver healthy community cook ups, recipe books and kitchen cooks to improve community nutrition.

Locations: Kintore, Mount Liebig, Papunya, Ikuntji and surrounding outstations, NT

 

Western Desert Nganampa Waltja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

The PALYA! project will provide holistic care and education, working with people to keep active and engaged. It focuses on issues relating to nutrition and hydration to both prevent and manage chronic disease. Activities are based at Purple House in Alice Springs and will include healthy food preparation (in a renovated kitchen) and nutrition advice, local language resources, exercise sessions, bush trips and art activities.

Location:  Alice Springs, NT

 

Queensland

 

Abm Elgoring Ambung Aboriginal Corporation

The Awin Udnum (Good Path) project will include the delivery of activities that have a strong traditional and cultural focus.  The activities are designed for all age groups and will include physical exercise and sharing traditional and cultural knowledge.

Abm Elgoring Ambung Aboriginal Corporation will facilitate art workshops that explore chronic disease themes.

Location: Kowanyama, QLD

 

Apunipima Cape York Health Council

The Go Physical, Live Longer project aims to reduce risk factors for chronic disease in the communities of Mapoon and Coen. The project will include a physical activity program delivered through improvements to gyms in each community, as well as fishing competitions, healthy food cook ups and regular check ups for participants. The campaign will extend messages about smoking cessation, nutrition and the importance of accessing primary health care through radio and community engagement activities.

Locations: Coen and Mapoon, QLD 

 

 Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Incorporated

The Move – an Indigenous Physical Activity Health Promotion Project aims to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 18 and over in the greater Brisbane region through regular on air messaging, a website and community comedy events. The project will encourage healthy lifestyle choices and regular access to appropriate health services and programs to prevent and/or manage chronic disease. Community members will participate in the campaign directly and receive media training.

Location: Greater Brisbane area (including Gold Coast, SunshineCoast and Darling Downs), QLD

 

Girudala Community Co-op Society

The Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure project is designed to reduce passive smoking exposure rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children within vehicles and homes.

Girudala Community Co-op Society will also build links between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and local health services.

Location: Bowen, QLD

 

Imparja Television

Imparja will take the popular children’s character Yamba the Honeyant on a healthy living road-show, Yamba’s Healthy Living Roadshow, to selected remote communities within Imparja Television’s broadcast footprint in Queensland, extending its existing events in the NT. The road-show will feature Yamba and aim to reach Indigenous pre-school age children teaching them about nutrition, physical activity and primary health care services including dental. A new set of Community Service Announcements that promote healthy lifestyles will be developed and aired on Imparja, as well as other resources for use by communities.

Locations: Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama, Aurukun, Lockhart River, Coen, Bollon, Roma, Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Burketown, Norman, Cairns and the Torres Strait Islands.

 

Inala Indigenous Health Service (Department of Health QLD)

The Inala Youth Sports Program will involve hosting a sports and education week for young Indigenous people aged 10–15 years as a school holiday program. This program will consist of a minimum of two hours physical activity each day in addition to education sessions about the risks and implications of chronic disease, traditional craft and games, and health checks for participants. Families will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony in order to help extend the messages to the community as a whole.

Location: Inala (South Brisbane), QLD

 

Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan

The Community Campaign (including bush camps) Project is centred on a set of bush camps to increase understanding and management of chronic disease amongst women in the three communities of Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama & Aurukun. With an emphasis on traditional knowledge imparted by local elder, the camps and related activities will spread messages about improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and increasing access by participants to primary health care, including participation in health checks during the camps. The project has a particular focus on exercise and will provide these communities with necessary equipment.

Locations: Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Aurukun, QLD

 

Mornington Island Local Health Council

In partnership with the Yippippi Gulf Indigenous Health Council (YGIHC), Mornington island Local Health Council’s YGIHC Social Marketing Project will provide training to Gulf community members to develop their own targeted local health promotion resources, such as health promotion DVDs, flyers and posters. The main aims of the project are to raise awareness that conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke are not inevitable and how they can be prevented. Encouraging health checks for adults and children will be a major focus.

Locations: Doomadgee, MorningtonIsland, Burketown and Normanton, QLD

 

North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health

The Lifestyle Modification Program will run four times over a period of two years. Participants will be involved in regular physical activity and workshops about healthy shopping and cooking, the importance of physical activity and underlying issues including self esteem and mental health. Monthly health screenings will also be conducted, with incentives of fresh fruit and vegetables given to participants.

Locations: Sunshine Coast and Gympie, QLD  

 

NPA Family and Community Services

The Let’s Get Moving – Physical Activity Project is designed to reduce the incidence of chronic disease within the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) communities by addressing inactivity.

NPA Family and Community Services’ project will include group health education sessions, promotion of health checks with local health services, and will also link participants to other established programs. The program will be promoted through local media and social marketing activities.

Locations: Bamaga, Seisia, New Mapoon, Injinoo, Umagico in Northern Peninsula, QLD

 

 Out There Kowanyama Inc

The Community Gardens for Health project is designed to promote community health, healthy eating and lifestyles, and engagement with local health services. Activities will include the enhancement of existing community gardens – growing vegetables, bush foods and medicinal plants.

Location: Kowanyama, QLD

 

 Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media

The Our Community – Our Future project is designed to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland with practical and locally-developed health promotion content.

The project will involve remote Indigenous broadcasters and community members in the development of a series of short radio broadcasts on a variety of health themes. The broadcasting content will be accompanied by printed material that promotes key health messages.

Locations: Aurukun, Seisia, Bamaga, New Mapoon, Umagico, Injinoo, Napranum, Doomadgee, Hopevale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mornington Island, Pormpuraaw, Woorabinda, and Wujal Wujal, QLD

 

Roma Community Garden Inc.

The Let’s Talk Life: Filling the Gap Between the Why and the How of Eating Good Tucker, Being Active and Living Longer project is designed to educate the community of Roma on chronic disease, and promote healthy lifestyles.

Roma Community Garden Inc. will run a series of activities focusing on healthy eating, exercise, music and craft, gardening, cooking and personal development.

Location: Roma, QLD

 

Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd

The Our Mob – Healthy in the Tropics project is designed to deliver key health messages about chronic disease through a media campaign using mainstream media, local Indigenous media and traditional communication tools to spread messages. Townsville Intercultural Centre Ltd will also run healthy living activities at local cultural events.

Locations: Townsville, Burdekin, Palm Island, QLD

 

South Australia

 

Life Without Barriers

The Keeping Our Families and Children Strong project will include the development of two regional sporting carnival events to promote chronic disease prevention and management.

The events will include a range of health activities including health checks, sport and recreation, demonstrations and workshops that link healthy food and exercise with culture, and healthy-living themed entertainment.

Location: Riverland region, SA

 

Murray Mallee General Practice Network

The Healthy People, Healthy Culture, Healthy Futures project is designed to target Aboriginal families and individuals with, or at risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus, within the Mallee Coorong region of South Australia.

Murray Mallee General Practice Network will encourage community access to primary health care for prevention, early detection, management and treatment of chronic disease.

Programs and activities of the Healthy People, Healthy Culture, Healthy Futures project will include a media campaign, health fairs, a Living Strong lifestyle modification program, and health check programs.

Locations: Mallee Coorong region including Murray Bridge, Meningie, Raukkan (Narrung) areas, SA

 

Tauondi Incorporated

The Little Caravan of Fun project is designed to deliver healthy living activities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in South Australia through a mobile health promotion facility.

Activities under the project include courses on healthy eating, nutrition, hospitality, fitness, horticulture, and participation in community events in each town.

Locations: Metropolitan, Western, Northern and Southern Adelaide, Raukkan, Murray Bridge, Meningie (Camp Coorong), Mt Gambier, Ceduna, Koonibba, Scotdesco, Yalata, Oak Valley, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Berri (Gerard), Coober Pedy, SA

 

Victoria

 

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative

The Ballarat Aboriginal Health Campaign project will include the creation and distribution of locally-relevant health promotion and chronic disease information resources with an accompanying social marketing media campaign.

Location: Ballarat, VIC

 

 Dianella Community Health

The Hume Chronic Condition Prevention Program is designed to improve the health of the local Aboriginal community by promoting chronic disease prevention and healthy living.

Though a series of Community Health Days, the program aims to encourage community engagement, identification of chronic disease risk factors, and improve referral pathways and access to primary health care services.

Locations: Hume municipality, Moreland, Whittlesea, VIC

 

Horsham Primary School

The Good Health Good Tucker project is designed to engage Aboriginal community members and organisations through the establishment of a fruit, vegetable and native plant garden at Horsham Primary School’s Rasmussen Campus.

The garden will be an environment in which Aboriginal children can learn about the process of growing and then cooking fresh food, as well as the traditional uses of native plants. Students will learn about nutrition and caring for country in an interactive environment, strengthening the connections of family and community.

Location: Horsham, VIC

 

Mallee Sports Assembly Inc.

 The East End Health for East End Wealth project will include the delivery of activities, such as gardening, walking, community bike rides, art and craft, sport, and healthy cooking.

Location: Mildura, VIC

 

Plenty Valley Community Health

Project Description: Feedin’ the Mob is a hands-on community engagement project which aims to deliver health promotion messages and support the development of practical life skills amongst teenagers, parents and carers, people living with chronic illness, and Elders. The project includes a community garden, cooking classes and information sharing about primary health care and chronic disease prevention and management.

Location: Whittlesea and surrounding area, VIC

 

Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation (RDAC)

 The Eating Strong project will deliver a series of Gippsland based Koori Healthy Eating education and skills attainment programs tor expectant mothers, babies, children and families. The project activities will include healthy cooking demonstrations, health checks and workshops where smoking cessation and chronic disease prevention and management will be discussed.

Location: Gippsland area (Morwell, Drouin, Wonthaggi and Sale), VIC

 

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

 The Koori Family Lifestyle Project will include the delivery of training programs to Aboriginal health, lifestyle and early childhood professionals, to raise awareness of the issue of obesity and encourage healthy behaviour change within families.

A train-the-trainer model will be implemented to provide training and resources to community professionals which will help them deliver healthy lifestyle activities and events within their own community groups.

Locations: Melbourne and Mildura, VIC

 

Western Australia

 

Bega Garnbirringu Aboriginal Health Service

The project aims to establish a Mobile Community Engagement Vehicle, which will be used to deliver a range of themed health promotion activities to ten Aboriginal communities in the Goldfields region of WA. Different health themes will be chosen in consultation with the communities visited and will address nutrition, physical activity, use of health care services, social and emotional wellbeing, and substance misuse.

Location: Goldfields region (Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Leonora, Esperance, Coolgardie, Kambalda, Laverton, Menzies andKalgoorlie), WA

 

EON Foundation

The EON Thriving Communities program will be delivered to six remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of WA. The program aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices to reduce chronic disease and will include activities such as the creation and maintenance of local community gardens, education about nutrition and food hygiene, and the teaching of skills in home repair and maintenance skills for good hygiene.

Location: Kimberley region (Djarindjin Lombadina, BeagleBay, One Arm Point, Looma, Noonkanbah, Kadjina), WA

 

Extra Edge Community Services

The Eat Play Love project is designed to target Aboriginal women located at Bandyup Women’s Prison and Boronia Pre-Release Centre for Women.  The Eat Wise – Live Wise project is designed to target Aboriginal men located at Bunbury Regional Prison.

Both projects are designed to increase participants’ knowledge of health and lifestyle choices, chronic disease prevention and personal strategies to take action for better health.  The projects will include sessions that raise awareness of behavioural-based risk factors that contribute to poor health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Locations: Bunbury Regional Prison (Bunbury), Bandyup Women’s Prison (Guilford), Boronia Pre-Release Centre for Women (Bentley), Banksia Hill Detention Centre (Canning Vale), WA

 

Goldfields Midwest Medicare Locals (Midwest GP)

The ‘Reach for Your Goals’ Hip Hop Youth Anti-Smoking Program is designed to continue the development and promotion of an existing anti-smoking DVD.

Activities under the program will include airing the DVD at local schools and on TV stations, developing a range of promotional merchandise, and community performances.

Locations: Geraldton and Carnarvon, WA

 

Goolarri Media Enterprises

Project #1: This project involves the production and promotion of a 15–20 minute educational DVD titled “Bran Nue Leg”. The DVD will address the issue of limb amputation due to complications from chronic diseases such as diabetes for Indigenous people in the Kimberley region. It will focus on primary and secondary prevention for diabetes and its sequelae.

Location: Kimberley region, WA

Project #2: This project involves the development and promotion of a third series of Goolarri’s successful “Catch and Cook” series, which will target children and families and focus on delivering good nutrition through bush tucker and other traditional foods. In addition to being aired on Goolarri’s Broome-based station, the DVD will be provided to health services in the region and be available online, with a discussion forum and downloadable recipes and factsheets.

Location: Kimberley region, WA

 

Ilkurlka Aboriginal Corporation

The Spinifex Health Promotion Project is designed to raise awareness of chronic disease amongst the Spinifex people of the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia.

The community-specific activities delivered under the project include promotion of good nutrition, increased physical activity, social wellbeing, healthier lifestyle choices, and the dangers of smoking, drinking and illicit drug use.

Location: Great Victoria Desert (targeting Spinifex Indigenous people from Tjuntjuntjara, Coonana, Oak Valley and Yalata communities), WA

 

Langford Aboriginal Association

The Beat It – Live Longer project is designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices with Gosnells Aboriginal community. Activities under the project are designed to help participants reduce and mange chronic disease.

Activities under the Beat it – Live Longer project will include radio broadcasts, the production of a DVD for young Aboriginal people, a community health expo, health and wellbeing residential workshops, and a fitness program.

Location: Gosnells region (Perth), WA

 

Meerilinga Young Children Foundation Inc.

The Tucker for Toddlers and the Early Years project is designed to provide resources, training and promotional material to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents to make the right nutritional choices for their families.

The project will include discussion sessions where participants can share information and experiences, receive practical information, organise health and dental checks and learn safe and hygienic food preparation, storage and practices.

Locations: Beechboro, Lockridge and surrounding suburbs (City of Swan), Coolbellup/Willagee and surrounding suburbs (City of Cockburn), Beagle Bay community (Kimberley region), WA

 

Melville Senior High School

The Moorditj Melville (ACE Community Health) Project is designed to promote active and healthy lifestyles within the Willagee Aboriginal community. Activities will include a sporting carnival and Health Expo where young people can share their ideas about being healthy and living longer and stronger with their families and the wider Aboriginal community.

Activities under this project will include the distribution of a health promotion DVD, produced by Willagee community students and a local dance group, promoting healthy lifestyles and the reduction of chronic diseases.  Local health services will also be involved to encourage the community to have regular health checks.

Location: Willagee (Perth), WA

 

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services

The Skutta Girls program will extend a pilot program targeting at-risk young women aged 12-18 years in the Fitzroy Crossing region and provide a safe space where participants can become engaged in fun activities and receive important health education information. These weekly sessions, which will be community developed and implemented, will focus on nutrition, sexual health, chronic disease management and prevention, and involve some light exercise.

Location: Fitzroy Crossing, WA

 

Cross Border

 

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation

 The Keep Healthy, Keep Moving project will deliver community activity days to share resources and information to develop healthy family gardens, cooking classes and healthy eating sessions, and physical activity sessions at the local gym and pool. The project is aimed at enhancing the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of individuals and families within the Albury/Wodonga community. Healthy record diaries and information resources will help reinforce the messages and encourage engagement with local health services.

Location: Albury/Wodonga area, VIC/NSW