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Healthy Community Days for QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, NT, WA

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THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Indigenous Health

24 June 2011


A further twelve Live Longer! Healthy Community Days have been funded across the country as part of the Australian Government’s national campaign to help extend the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon said the events will take place in June and July in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia in the following places: [see detail attached]

• QLD: Gold Coast

• NSW: Redfern, Wagga Wagga, Campbelltown (2 events)

• VIC: Morewell

• SA: Gawler, Ceduna, Christies Beach

• NT: Yarralin,Yuendumu

• WA: Carnarvon

Mr Snowdon said the Live Longer! Healthy Community Days are a central part of the Gillard Government’s $21.3 million program to establish and run Local Community Campaigns to Promote Better Health.

“The Live Longer! Campaign promotes four key healthy lifestyle messages - give up smoking, eat healthy food, take regular exercise and attend regular medical check-ups - to help extend the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“It is designed to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves to become more involved in their own health promotion - designing, developing and distributing health messages for their own communities,” he said.

Live Longer! Healthy Community Days are tailored according to the individual community's health priorities.

Twenty four Healthy Communities Days have already been held around the nation to encourage communities to get involved in physical activity, to eat and prepare nutritious meals, to learn about ways to stop smoking and to get a free health check.

Live Longer! involves a comprehensive program of tailored community campaigns with messages that respond in a meaningful, practical way to the concerns and health priorities of communities, as well as being relevant to local culture.

Media contact: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999

Upcoming Live Longer! Healthy Community Days June & July

Date Location Event Description

24 June Gawler, SA Ken Buckskin

Memorial Day Championships, Sandy Creek Golf Club

As part of the Ken Buckskin Memorial Day Golf Championships, golf players will have the opportunity to have their blood pressure and diabetes levels checked by Aboriginal nursing and medical staff, as well as receiving information about smoking, illicit drugs, alcohol consumption and general health and wellbeing. A healthy, nutritious breakfast will also be served to the golfers before they commence the day’s play.

24 June Campbelltown, NSW Tharawal Healthy

Community Expo

Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service is hosting a Health Expo to engage the local community in conversations about the contributing factors to developing chronic disease, and how making simple changes can help minimise the chances of developing disease. Information stalls will focus on health issues and risk behaviours such as healthy eating, smoking cessation, preventive health and healthy families.

25 June Yarralin, NT Yarralin

Community "Healthy Living" Concert hosted by Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation

The Yarralin Community "Healthy Living" Concert will be held as a concert and competition of the bands. Local bands will travel from surrounding communities to perform new songs created around healthy lifestyle messages, which will be captured on DVD. Participants will be provided with a healthy lunch and receive information and advice on health checks from local health service providers.

1 July Ceduna, SA Ceduna

Koonibba Aboriginal Health Sservice Aboriginal Corporation

The event will be hosted by the Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation to celebrate the establishment of the corporation as a community controlled entity and to reinforce the philosophy of the health service in maintaining cultural heritage through having healthy people. Performing artists will reinforce healthy eating and lifestyle messages and free health checks will be available to all attendees, along with a cooking demonstration of how to prepare healthy bush tucker.

3 July Gold Coast,


Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) will host the day in partnership with Kalwun Health Service. The day aims to increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity and good nutrition. Planned activities include a healthy cooking demonstration and health and fitness tips from representatives of the Gold Coast Titans. Participants will also have the opportunity to undertake a health check.

4 July Morewell, VIC NAIDOC Family Day hosted by Central West Gippsland Division of General Practice

The event will be hosted by the Central West Gippsland Division of General Practice as part of NAIDOC week celebrations. The pit stop style health day will be targeted at local community members under 20 years of age and will involve a range of health stations providing information about smoking, physical fitness, bowel screening, diabetes risk assessment, sexual health and drugs and alcohol. The stations will include screening, health information and referrals to local health services.

4-8 July Carnarvon, WA Carnarvon Medical

Service Aboriginal Corporation

The Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation, as part of the local area NAIDOC Day celebrations, is planning to host a range of events to encourage the local Mungullah Aboriginal community to increase their physical activity. Activities will be held over a number of days from 4-8 July and include a community football carnival between Mungullah, Burringurrah and Carnarvon; bush tucker food collection; preparation of a communal kup-murri dinner and healthy breakfasts and free health checks.

5 July Christies

Beach, SA

Christie Beach NAIDOC Healthy Community Day, Adelaide Health Service

The event will be hosted by the Adelaide Health Service and held in conjunction with the annual NAIDOC celebrations for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community south of Adelaide. The tobacco and alcohol free event will include health screenings and adult health checks conducted by registered nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers, with the Tackling Smoking workforce distributing information and promoting smoking cessation support services as well as encouraging the community to participate in the 'Smokerlizer' activity. In addition, a number of sporting competitions will be held for young people (football, cricket and netball) and a healthy lunch and water station will also be available for participants.

6 July Wagga

Wagga, NSW Wagga Wagga Council, NAIDOC Cultural Festival, Kyeamba Smith Hall

As part of Wagga Wagga Council, NAIDOC Cultural Festival activities the day will promote health and wellbeing messages about smoking cessation, eating healthy and nutritious foods with a focus on bush tucker, increasing physical activity and having regular health checks.

6 July Campbelltown, NSW Campbelltown City Council,

NAIDOC Week Touch Football Competition

Campbelltown City Council, NAIDOC Week Touch Football Competition will be hosted by Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and Tharawal Land Council. Participants will be encouraged to get active and eat healthy, with a range of healthy catering options provided on the day.

8 July Redfern, NSW NAIDOC DAY at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern

The NAIDOC Day at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence will promote two key Live Longer messages - Eat Good Tucker and Get Active. A nutritious lunch will include kanaroo steaks, barramundi fillets, crocodile shish kebabs, garden salad and whole grain rolls. After lunch participants will have the opportunity to participate in the sports competition for basketball, oztag or tennis to promote the importance of physical activity in day to day life. Luke Carol and Koori Radio's Lola Forrester will MC the event to raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of chronic disease and Live Longer!

14 July Yuendumu, NT Yuendumu Chronic

Disease Week

Hosted by the Health Development Unit of the Northern Territory, the theme of the week is chronic disease and the lifestyle choices that people can take to improve their health and prevent chronic disease. Emphasis will be on healthy eating, increasing physical activity and engaging with local health services.