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Date posted: 9 April 2013
Over 300 young Indigenous footballers, coaches, umpires, and trainers who participated in the 2013 Nicky Winmar Carnival last month have received health checks as part of a partnership between the Western Australian Health Department (WA Health) and the WA Football Commission (WAFC).
Aboriginal health workers from the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) and North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) provided health checks for all participants, who had come from as far away as the Kimberley and Goldfields for the carnival.
The WAFC supported WA Health by endorsing a 'no check, no play' approach, so that all players and support staff received blood pressure and blood sugar screening, and ear and eye tests.
Health workers also shared early intervention strategies, advised on positive health behaviours, and encouraged players and staff take a more proactive approach with their health.
The health of spectators was also a focus of the carnival, with a medical screening 'pit stop' booth accessible free of charge to everyone attending the day.
Source: Department of Health, Western Australia