36 new health promotion projects received funding to increase awareness of chronic disease and promote better health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

 

Background

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, announced 36 new health promotion projects aimed at increasing awareness of chronic disease and promoting better health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. “The Live Longer! Campaign involves local communities exploring new ways to combat and prevent chronic disease by addressing nutrition, physical exercise, quitting smoking and having regular health check-ups,” Minister Snowdon said.

“Two-thirds of the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the wider Australian population can be attributed to largely preventable chronic diseases. Tackling obesity, smoking and excess alcohol consumption will contribute to cutting the rates of diseases like diabetes, renal and heart disease and some cancers.”

The Live Longer! Campaign is a program that is part of the $805.5 million Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP). The ICDP aims to reduce key risk factors for chronic disease, improve chronic disease management and follow up, and increase the capacity of the primary care workforce to deliver effective care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic diseases.

 

Objectives

The Live Longer! Campaign Program aims to:

  • raise awareness that conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke are not inevitable and may be prevented;
  • promote a change to a healthier lifestyle to help prevent these conditions and improve the health of those who already have one; and
  • raise awareness of how regular check-ups from a doctor, nurse and/or health worker can help prevent and manage illness.

 

Recipients

OrganisationProject
ACTSolid Young Fulla’s Aboriginal OrganisationChronic Disease Self Management Education for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding areas
NSWArts OutWestSpread the Word
NSWGandangara Health Services Limited“Be Healthy, Get Health Help!”
NSWKool Purple Kookas Indigenous CorporationKPK’s Cookbook Competition
NSWNational Aboriginal Sporting Chance AcademyHealthy Living is Affordable Living
NSWNational Heart FoundationBe Stronger, Live Longer
NSWSouth Eastern Sydney Medicare LocalThe Sutherland and St George Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyle Program
NSWSouthern NSW Medicare LocalAunty Jean’s good health team program – Goulburn
NSWWingecarribee Family Support ServiceAboriginal Families Program – Aboriginal Young Men’s Project
NSWYarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal CorporationQuit Smoking Campaign
NTAnyinginyi Health Aboriginal CorporationAnyinginyi Friday Night Games
NTRob de Castella’s SmartStart for Kids!I-CAN (Indigenous Communities for Activities and Nutrition)
QLDAbm AboriginalAwin Udnum (Good Path): Seasonal Health Workshops on Traditional Country
QLDGirudala Community Co-op Society LtdEnvironmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Exposure Project
QLDNPA Family and Community ServicesLet’s Get Moving – Physical Activity Program
QLDOut There Kowanyama IncCommunity gardens for health
QLDQueensland Remote Aboriginal Media CorporationPromoting health living in Queensland’s remote Indigenous Communities
QLDRoma Community Garden IncLets Talk Life: Filling the Gap Between the Why and the How of Eating Good Tucker, Being Active and Living Longer
QLDTownsville Intercultural Centre LtdOur Mob: Healthy in the Tropics
SALife Without BarriersMurilpun Namawi Nomawi Winyil Po:rlar Piltenggi “Keeping our families and children strong”
SAMurray Mallee General Practice NetworkHealthy People, Healthy Culture, Healthy Future
SASouthern Adelaide Medicare LocalNgaityo Wodli (My Home)
SATauondi IncorporatedLive Longer! Mobile Training Van
VICBallarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC)Ballarat Aboriginal Health Campaign
VICDianella Community HealthHume Chronic Condition Prevention Program (to be named by local Elders)
VICHorsham 298 Primary School – Rasmussen Road CampusGood Tucker, Good Health
VICMallee Sports Assembly IncEast End Health for East End Wealth
VICVictorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health OrganisationKoori Family Lifestyle Project
VIC and NSWAlbury & District Local Aboriginal Lands CouncilWalan Ma Rra (To Make Strong)
VIC and NSWBalranald Aboriginal Health ServiceHealth Management and Understanding of Early Childhood Development
WAExtra Edge Community Services IncEat Wise Live Wise & Play Love – Projects
WAGoldfields Midwest Medicare LocalReach for Your Goals – Hip Hop Youth Anti-smoking
WAIlkurlka Aboriginal CorporationSpinifex Health Promotion Projects
WALangford Aboriginal Association Inc (LAA)Live Longer (BILL)
WAMeerilinga Young Children Foundation IncTucker for Toddlers and the Early Years
WAMelville Senior High SchoolMoorditj Melville (ACE Program Community Health Project)