Friday, 29 July 2011

38 new community projects to tackle Indigenous health challenge

Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced that the Australian Government is funding 38 community-driven projects around the nation to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking, eat healthy, exercise more and better manage their own often chronic health issues. He said that this is a $10 million investment which is responsive to need and culturally appropriate because projects are developed by the local community, for the local community.

The projects include providing fresh fruit and vegetables every day for local communities, promoting traditional health and healing, growing healthy food, encouraging homeless men to gather and cook bush tucker, and putting chronic disease messages to song. Mr Snowdon said the range of projects represents the diversity of views in Aboriginal communities across the country about what is important health-wise. The local Indigenous community campaigns have been funded as part of the Australian Government's new Live Longer! health campaign which is a $21 million social marketing program being delivered over four years and is an integral part of the Australian Government's Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.

The projects include the Get Active Coomealla project, and an extension of services for the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service.

Press release

Live Longer health campaign Website

List of the grants

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