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More Condoman resources & boost for health campaign fronted by Rugby League star Steve Renouf.

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More Condoman Resources & Boost for Health Campaign Fronted by Rugby League Star Steve Renouf

9 June 2010

Indigenous Health Minister, Warren Snowdon, today announced the Rudd Government would provide $356,000 to fund the second phase of a Queensland Indigenous health campaign, fronted by former Indigenous rugby league star Steve Renouf.

The funding will support the expansion of the Hero Rewards campaign throughout Queensland. The campaign was developed by the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the state’s peak body for Aboriginal Medical Services.

Mr Snowdon said it encourages Indigenous Australians to register with their local Aboriginal Medical Service for a preventative health check and if warranted, participate in coordinated measures to manage their chronic diseases, such as cardio vascular disease and diabetes.

“The first part of this campaign was very popular, and so we’re very pleased to be able to ensure it continues, and with the support and star power of former Brisbane Broncos player Steve Renouf. He and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council are to be congratulated for being pro-active in addressing Indigenous Health issues.”

Mr Renouf said he was delighted that the Government was providing more funding for the campaign.

“This campaign has been very successful and it’s great to see it has been extended. It’s important that as many Indigenous people as possible get their health checked,” Mr Renouf said.

Northgate Centre Opening

Mr Snowdon made the announcements today at the opening of an Indigenous primary health care centre at Northgate in Brisbane.

The centre will increase access to GPs, nurses and allied health professionals for more than

45,000 Indigenous Australians in South-East Queensland.

The centre is a founding member of the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. The Institute was established in November 2009 to integrate health planning and servicing within Brisbane and the surrounding regions to meet the health needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

More Condoman resources

Mr Snowdon also announced further Rudd Government funding for ‘Condoman’, a cult Indigenous sexual health education character first introduced in Townsville in 1987 to promote safe sex to Indigenous Australians.

Mr Snowdon said $15,309 would be allocated to reproduce and distribute promotional resources.

“The resources include comics, key rings, posters and condom packs. They have been so popular in the past that we have provided additional funding to produce more this year,” he said.

Mr Snowdon said the Government was concerned that on average Indigenous Australians still experienced higher rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) than non-Indigenous Australians.

Strategy to address higher rates of STIs

Today the Government launched a strategy that will help identify at-risk population groups to help tackle the higher rates of STIs.

The third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy, (for the period 2010-1013) includes performance indicators against which improvements in education, disease prevention, treatment and support activities can be measured.

The strategy was one of five that tackle blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs), which was endorsed at an Australian Health Ministers Conference held in April this year.

For the next three years, these documents will guide Government policies for the prevention, testing, treatment and more for BBVs and STIs.

The strategies were developed between state and territory governments and key stakeholders in the health and community sectors.

The five strategies are:

• The Sixth National HIV Strategy • The First National Hepatitis B Strategy

• The Second National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy • The Third National Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Strategy • The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy.

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