Health project work completed
The children of the Turlku Birni Community Choir travelled hundreds of kilometres to sing in the celebration of the completion of the fieldwork phase of the Western desert kidney health project. The project involves a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal health, medical and community development workers and artists, whose aim is to reduce kidney disease and diabetes by 20% over three years in 10 Aboriginal communities representing six language groups.
People stood on their balconies overlooking the Western Australian School of Mines gardens to listen to the 100-strong choir of Aboriginal children.
Annette Stokes one of the chief instigators of the project and respected member of the Wongutha people whose lands are based in the Eastern Goldfields, said the idea for the project began many years ago after people kept approaching her and asking why there were funerals for Aboriginal people every week.
'Our people had never had flour or sugar in their diet before the first settlement,' said Mrs Stokes. 'In some communities, Coke is the number one drink. So we thought ‘why can’t we go on the Lands and check people for diabetes? Why can’t we educate them?’.
The project has been running for more than three years with the basic aim of improving the lives of Aboriginal people in the Goldfields.
Source: Kalgoorlie Miner
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