New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians
20 May 2011
Minister for Health David Davis last week launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.
Visiting the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy, Mr Davis said the Life is Health is Life booklet would make significant steps in closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians.
“This booklet is an evidence-based health promotion resource that contains information for health services working to improve the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal Victorians,” Mr Davis said.
“It collates a vast range of stories and case studies on successful health promotion practices to increase the awareness and understanding of Aboriginal health services.”
The booklet is designed for people working to improve Aboriginal health in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Community and Women’s Health Services and Local Government to use these stories as a guide to develop their own healthy living programs.
It includes many case studies about people making a difference to Aboriginal health such as Surfing Victoria’s annual state-wide indigenous surfing carnival.
It covers areas where significant health gains can be made, such as tobacco, physical activity, nutrition and food security, and alcohol.
To learn more about the Life is Health is Life booklet visit VicHealth