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New format for festival

1 September 2014

Date posted: 1 September 2014 Basketball will take centre stage at the Garnduwa Festival this year, with the sporting event taking on a new format after 21 years. The Fitzroy Crossing festival, a celebration of Indigenous and remote community sport, recreation and culture, will this year return to its grass roots.
 

The Indigenous yorgas sports academy program offers pathways for the future

27 August 2014

Date posted: 27 August 2014 Newton Moore High School in Bunbury, Western Australia, started the Indigenous yorgas (Nyoongar word for 'girls') sporting program in 2009.
 

Aboriginal sport and health funding - new grant

26 August 2014

Date posted: 26 August 2014 Funding of up to $5,000 is available to support Aboriginal organisations plan and conduct community sporting events in Gippsland, Victoria.
 

Boots for kids: reinvigorated Matildas star Kyah Simon hopes to inspire Aboriginal youth

22 August 2014

Date posted: 22 August 2014 Matildas star Kyah Simon, is recognised as the first Indigenous Australian to score a goal in the FIFA world cup.
 

NRL launches new reconciliation action plan

20 August 2014

Date posted: 20 August 2014 The NRL is supporting the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's Constitution as part of Rugby League's new Reconciliation action plan (RAP).
 

LiveLighter program launched in Victoria

19 August 2014

Cancer Council Victoria and the Heart Foundation, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), are launching a campaign to encourage Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to make small changes to their eating habits for better health and wellbeing.
 

Diabetes WA - Strong culture: a road to good health small grants applications now open

19 August 2014

Date posted: 19 August 2014 Diabetes Western Australia (WA) are pleased to announce applications are now open for small grants of between $500 and $3,000 for WA schools, youth centres, community groups or organisations to implement innovative diabetes prevention programs.
 

Kimberley girls perform traditional dances on the world stage

19 August 2014

Seven teenagers from the Kimberley in Western Australia, have had a remarkable week in the United States performing Nyoongar dances at the World Folk Festival in Utah.
 

City 2 surf success

18 August 2014

The 2014 Indigenous marathon project's team was inspired by marathon legends like Steve Moneghette, Michael Shelley, Lara Tamset and Charlie Maher, (the first Australian Aboriginal man to finish the New York marathon), leading into their outstanding results for their first ever Sydney City2Surf marathon.
 

NRL Indigenous leaders launch close the gap round

14 August 2014

Indigenous players' leadership group representatives Greg Inglis and George Rose have launched the NRL's sixth Close the gap round.
 

Greg Inglis not reluctant when it comes to leading fight for Indigenous health

12 August 2014

Greg Inglis was a reluctant skipper, but after taking on the South Sydney Rugby League captaincy for the first time, he has a more serious issue where he wants to show leadership.
 

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.
 

Clontarf set records with Curtin rowing partnership

11 August 2014

Students from Clontarf Aboriginal College became the first all-Indigenous team to participate in the Rowing Western Australia (WA) all schools state championships, thanks to a new partnership with Curtin University's Addressing higher educational access disadvantage (AHEAD) program.
 

Walkabout kitchen delivers healthy eating programs to Indigenous community

11 August 2014

Hunter New England (HNE) Local Health District together with the New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) has launched the Walkabout kitchen project to promote the importance of healthy eating in the prevention of chronic disease for Indigenous people.
 

Graduate receives exclusive scholarship

7 August 2014

South Australian Indigenous marathon project (IMP) graduate, Luke McKenzie has been awarded an exclusive scholarship to complete one of the most sought after qualifications in the fitness industry.
 

Physical activity reduces cigarette cravings

4 August 2014

This British Medical Journal of Sports Medicine article reports on a systematic review that aimed to investigate the acute effects of shorts bouts of physical activity (PA) on cigarette craving.
 

Healthy bones action week aims to place spotlight on bone health and osteoporosis

1 August 2014

Healthy bones action week, an initiative of Dairy Australia, starts next week and runs from the 3rd - 10th August.
 

Launch of the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

1 August 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) have launched the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.
 

Deadly choices ambassador promotes importance of healthy decisions

28 July 2014

Deadly choices ambassador and former Brisbane Broncos star, Scott Prince spoke at the Mount Isa health expo on Friday, outlining the importance of making healthy choices, using rugby league, and his profile as a sportsman, to inspire Indigenous communities.
 

Deadly champions announced

24 July 2014

Gapuwiyak, a remote Northern Territory community represented by only four runners aged between 12 and 18 years, was crowned the 2014 Deadly Fun Run Champions.  In second place was Thursday Island and third place was taken out by the Murraylands, the 2013 champions.
 

Indigenous marathon project - sports shoe drive

23 July 2014

The Indigenous marathon project collects running shoes and distributes them to Indigenous communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.
 

PHAIWA running 'HealthySelfie' competition

21 July 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is running a 'HealthySelfie' competition, aiming to showcase people across Western Australia (WA) taking part in healthy activities.
 

Mills brings NBA trophy home

17 July 2014

Patty Mills is back in Australia, recovering from his off season shoulder surgery and showing off the NBA trophy he won with San Antonio.
 

Alan Sambo is keen to see Indigenous footballers take on leadership roles on and off the field

15 July 2014

Alan Sambo, the newly appointed Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Brighton Seahawks say's he wants Indigenous footballer to take on leadership roles both on and off the football field.
 

NSA launches Beatball in Kwinana and Rockingham

10 July 2014

Nyoongar Sports Association (NSA) are proud to be offering their award winning Street corner champion (Beatball) program in Kwinana and Rockingham as a result of a successful funding grant from the Criminal Property Confiscations Grant! Securing this funding means they are able to provide a worthwhile and proven community program to youth who would otherwise have limited options for weekend entertainment and healthy socialising.
 

Nyoongar Sports Association (NSA) all Aboriginal Perth City to Surf team

9 July 2014

Nyoongar Sports Association (NSA) are proud to be involved in organising the largest contingent of Aboriginal runners to compete in the 2014 Perth City to Surf event.
 

Governor-General visits top players

7 July 2014

Members of the Kununurra District High School's Clontarf Academy program were paid a visit by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
 

Juggling act for Anika

3 July 2014

ANIKA Gillespie juggles playing football, athletics and netball with her schoolwork.
 

Governor-General on bush footy to boost work

27 June 2014

The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is eager to bring Indigenous football stars to northern Australia to inspire local Aboriginal boys.
 

Kickstarting a healthy transformation

25 June 2014

A young Indigenous man from Port Augusta, South Australia, has undergone an amazing transformation, trading fast food and videogames for the gym and a healthy diet, and losing 30kgs in the process.
 

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.
 

Indigenous school children more likely to be overweight or obese than non-Indigenous kids

20 June 2014

A study released on Wednesday 18 June in the Medical Journal of Australia has found that Aboriginal children are more likely to be overweight or obese than non-Indigenous children.
 

Overcoming shame to lead a healthy lifestyle

19 June 2014

Scholarships for Aboriginal Personal Trainers are underway in Port Augusta, to overcome stigmas that can stop people getting healthy.
 

Patrick Mills helps San Antonio Spurs

18 June 2014

Canberra's Patrick Mills has etched his name in Australian sporting history after helping guide the San Antonio Spurs to an National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.
 

Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour to visit Arnhem Land

17 June 2014

The Stronger, longer, proud! Jimmy Little community tour will be travelling to a number of communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) later this month.
 

Team awesome off the scale

16 June 2014

A team of Eurobodalla locals has come second in the New South Wales (NSW) Koori knockout challenge, pocketing $10,000 in prize money for their efforts.
 

Dead or deadly program changing lives of local Indigenous women

11 June 2014

The Dead or deadly health and wellbeing program, run through Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, is making a positive change for Indigenous women in the community of Nowra, by tackling issues of health and personal and family wellbeing.
 

Community spirit the winner at Carbal family fun day

9 June 2014

A fast-paced but friendly-spirited touch football match between police and members of Toowoomba's Indigenous community typified the positive atmosphere of the Carbal family fun day held in May.
 

Indigenous kids head to World Cup

9 June 2014

A trip to Brazil to see the Socceroos play in the World Cup might be a trip of a lifetime for most people, but it's something even more for a group of young players from Borroloola in the Northern Territory.
 

Otis Carey, Amber Mercy and Robbie Page crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champions

2 June 2014

Otis Carey from Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) was crowned the Australian Indigenous Surfing Champion at Bells Beach on May 27 taking down former Australian Champion Russell Molony from the Central Coast in NSW in small but clean waves.  The well-known natural footer wowed the crowds with an incredible display of progressive surfing mixed with powerful carves.
 

Michael Long ready for 10th anniversary walk to support Indigenous issues

29 May 2014

Ten years after he walked from Melbourne to Canberra to raise awareness about issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the former Essendon midfielder said Australia could be proud of how far it had come since the dark days when racism was embedded in the game. But he said recent events proved there was a way to go.  He hung up the boots in 2001, but not before he helped pioneer the Australian Football League’s (AFL's) racial discrimination code.
 

2014 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles - open men

26 May 2014

The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles has been officially opened for 2014 with a traditional ceremony on the culturally significant grounds of Bells Beach in Victoria (Vic).
 

Untapped football potential of north-west WA

20 May 2014

It has been described as the last frontier of untapped football talent - northern Western Australia (WA), where footy fields are often red dirt, and athletic ability abounds.
 

Sporting heroes play major role in Indigenous health project

12 May 2014

A number of Indigenous sporting heroes are assisting NSW Rugby League and NSW Health in a program engaging Aboriginal communities to target priorities of nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.
 

Books n' boots: Indigenous boys shown a better way through sports

5 May 2014

Dubbo in New South Wales (NSW) is the next stop for a not-for-profit foundation that is keeping Aboriginal boys out of trouble and at school through participation in football academies.
 

Wider league support for Indigenous round

24 April 2014

To celebrate the Indigenous Round it won't just be Essendon and Richmond who will playing in specially designed jumpers.
 

A wave of talent

22 April 2014

From Sunday 25 May to Friday 30 May 2014, the iconic Bells Beach in Victoria will again see dozens of Aboriginal surfers flock to its waters to compete in the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles (AIST).
 

Mark Williams backs vision of all Australian football factory in Adelaide

14 April 2014

AFL coaching great Mark Williams has emphatically backed a ground-breaking all Australian football factory planned for Adelaide's northern suburbs that will tackle Indigenous disadvantage.
 

Lockhart River to celebrate launch of hip hop video

10 April 2014

Lockhart River in North Queensland will celebrate the launch of a hip hop video featuring young people from the community on April 16 2014.
 

Logies' top 5 for Move it mob style

7 April 2014

Indigenous television production Move it mob style® has been named as one of five nominees of the Most outstanding children’s program category at the 56th annual TV Week Logie Awards.
 

Aboriginal AFL Academy launched

2 April 2014

An exciting and innovative new Indigenous AFL program has been launched in South Australia, which aims to provide an elite training environment for Indigenous students who demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence in both sport and education.
 

Wirrpanda visit to bridge gap in Wagin

18 March 2014

Bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with sport will be the aim of the Wirrpanda Foundation, when it visits Wagin in and other Great Southern towns in Western Australia this week.
 

Power academy to offer a pathway to football and a better life for Indigenous players, says inaugural coach Eugene Warrior

17 March 2014

Eugene Warrior former Port Power, Norwood and Adelaide Crows (Crows) player has been confirmed to be the man to lead the football component of Port's revolutionary bid to open pathways for Aboriginal teens to professional football, as well as increase education opportunities for students.
 

Geelong cats promote healthy living in Warrnambool

17 March 2014

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative’s health clinic in Warrnambool, Victoria, was visited last week by members of the Geelong Cats AFL team to target obesity and smoking.
 

Healthy town planning guideline now online

10 March 2014

An online tool to help planners create cities and towns which allow and encourage West Australians to get more daily physical activity, thus improving health and well-being, is now available.
 

Nicky Winmar Carnival brings together future AFL stars

3 March 2014

Talented Aboriginal footy players have come together to compete in the 2014 Nicky Winmar Carnival in Mandurah, Western Australia (WA).
 

Vibe 3on3 event encouraging healthy lifestyles with action packed activities

28 February 2014

The town of Leeton in Victoria is to host the upcoming Vibe3on3 event on Saturday, a traveling sport and music festival.
 

Rumbalara Football and Netball Club wins health promotion award

21 February 2014

The Rumbalara Football and Netball Club is among nine recipients of the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Awards which celebrate achievements and innovative contributions to health promotion in Victoria.
 

Casino teens picked for national netball squad

21 February 2014

Emma Gordon and Zoe Williams have gained selection to be in the Australian Indigenous girls netball squad to play in the International Schoolgirls' Challenge in July.
 

WA wins 2014 Imparja Cup

18 February 2014

Western Australia have defeated New South Wales in a one ball victory to win the 2014 Imparja Cup.
 

New Australian physical activity guidelines double the recommended amount of physical activity per week

14 February 2014

The Department of Health have released their new recommendations for physical activity: Australia's physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for adults (18-64 years).
 

Young football talent to be developed at Indigenous academy at Port Adelaide AFL club

14 February 2014

An academy for young Indigenous footballers is being established at Port Adelaide's home ground Alberton Oval.
 

Mobivators: motivating Indigenous Australians to get active

12 February 2014

Bernard Sabadi, a 29 year old Badu Island man from the Torres Strait is encouraging Indigenous Australians to embrace living a healthier lifestyle through the creation of an online Facebook forum Mob-ivators.
 

Indigenous cricket lands in the red centre

5 February 2014

More than 40 Indigenous cricket teams from across Australia will participate in the 2014 Imparja Cup to be held in Alice Springs between 9 February and 15 February 2014.
 

East Gippsland community surf day

3 February 2014

Surfing In Victoria recently ran a community surf day for the Indigenous community members of East Gippsland Victoria.
 

Robert de Castella appointed AO for community work and mentoring Indigenous athletes

30 January 2014

Australian sporting great Robert De Castella has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his community work and mentoring of Indigenous athletes.
 

Adam Goodes awarded 2014 Australian of the Year

28 January 2014

Indigenous AFL player and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes was named the 2014 Australian of the Year this Sunday.
 

New 'virtual walkers' program for the Heart Foundation in 2014

22 January 2014

Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) is to expand it's current walking program to include 'virtual' walkers, allowing for people who cannot access, or who do not want to walk in a group the opportunity to be a part of the program.
 

Funding enables new physical activity programs for Indigenous communities in NSW

22 January 2014

New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services (ACCHS) have utilised funding to create positive outcomes in the Indigenous community, by creating culturally appropriate physical activity programs.
 

Sports program 'breaking down the barriers' for Indigenous youth

20 January 2014

More than 140 young Indigenous people have spent a week experiencing university life at the University of Queensland (UQ) for the annual Indigenous youth sports program.
 

The Townsville Crocodiles NBL team launches new uniform celebrating Indigenous culture

17 January 2014

The Townsville Crocodiles have become the first NBL team to sport an Indigenous uniform designed by Burdekin artist Aicey Zaro.
 

Dubbo's top talent selected for national netball carnival

15 January 2014

Three of Dubbo's talented young Indigenous netball players will compete against Australia's best Indigenous netball players at the National Indigenous carnival to be held this month on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
 

New report released: Supporting healthy communities through sport and recreation programs

8 January 2014

A new report released by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse as a part of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, examines the beneficial effects of participation in sports and recreation for supporting healthy Indigenous Australian communities.
 

Short films delivering positive health messages in remote Indigenous communities

8 January 2014

A Darwin-based record company, Skinnyfish Music, is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities.
 

Mossman Gorge football players role models for healthy lifestyles

6 January 2014

Mossman Gorge football players recently completed a 10 week Healthy Lifestyle nutrition and fitness program that promoted and encouraged healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and physical activity.
 

Healthy lifestyles basketball carnival in Cooktown

11 December 2013

Children from Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Laura and Hopevale will take part in a two day basketball carnival coordinated by the Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Skytrans Cairns Typans and Cape PCYC.
 

Cricket Australia promotes Indigenous participation in cricket

9 December 2013

Cricket Australia has employed two dedicated Indigenous Cricket Officers to increase Indigenous participation in cricket.
 

Health focus at Indigenous sports carnival

3 December 2013

Good health was the focus at the recent annual State Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival in Port Lincoln, South Australia (SA).
 

Sporting programs in Indigenous communities to benefit from new partnership

27 November 2013

The Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) and Anglicare Australia have partnered with Soles 4 Souls to provide hundreds of Indigenous children with a pair of football boots or running shoes when participating in PAFC remote community clinics.
 

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.
 

Indigenous charity inspired by Bali bombing loss

26 November 2013

Former banker and lawyer Andrew Penfold was inspired to start the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), after losing 12 friends in the 2002 Bali bombings and raising $2 million for the families of victims.
 

Bradley Moggridge: Hydrogeologist and Indigenous golf champion

25 November 2013

Bradley Moggridge, a hydrogeologist and Program Manager at the New South Wales Office of Water, has this week added '2013 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander golf champion' to his title.
 

Buroinjin ball: reconciliation in sport

21 November 2013

Buroinjin, an Indigenous game once played with grass-stuffed, kangaroo skinned balls, is gaining popularity in Australian schools.
 

New sporting program in central Australia hits cultural home run

20 November 2013

Young Indigenous women attending the National Indigenous Training Academy in central Australia are making cultural connections and learning about their history through a new softball program.
 

Cultural immersion camp 2013

18 November 2013

Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) has hosted the 2013 Cultural immersion camp in community of Belyuen; a community of approximately 225 people located 128 km by road from Darwin.
 

Indigenous riders pedal a good health message

11 November 2013

Indigenous Tour da country riders have completed a 900km ride over ten days to promote improvement of Indigenous health, and closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancy.
 

Friday 8 November is national Walk to Work Day

8 November 2013

All Australians are encouraged to incorporate walking into their daily routine on the fifteenth annual Walk to Work Day on Friday 8 November 2013.
 

Indigenous runners complete New York Marathon

6 November 2013

A group of 11 Indigenous Australian runners completed the New York Marathon on Sunday 3 November 2013.
 

Flying Boomerangs documentary to air on NITV

4 November 2013

A documentary highlighting the Flying Boomerangs' AFL tour of South Africa is to air on National Indigenous Television (NITV) on Thursday 7 November 2013 at 9pm.
 

New Indigenous sporting initiative hopes to nurture successful careers

31 October 2013

A new initiative in Mackay, Queensland hopes to nurture prospective academic and sporting careers through engagement in sport.
 

Cyclists promote healthy lifestyle in Indigenous communities

28 October 2013

The Illawarra Koori Men's Support Group in Victoria have organised the second annual Tour da Country to promote healthy lifestyles in Indigenous communities.
 

The Goondiwindi amazing race to raise awareness about Indigenous culture

25 October 2013

The town of Goondiwindi in Queensland is to hold the Amazing Race community challenge on Saturday 26 October 2013.
 

TV show explores the history, achievements and struggles of Indigenous Australians in the AFL

21 October 2013

An new television show aired on the National Indigenous Television Network (NITV) explores the history, achievements and struggles of Indigenous Australian sportsmen involved in the AFL.
 

Skills on show at Indigenous football tournament

17 October 2013

More than 450 Indigenous boys and girls, aged between seven and fourteen, have participated in the third annual Football Federation Victoria Indigenous football tournament.
 

NACCHO launches new Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands app

17 October 2013

The chair of National Aboriginal Community Controlled health organisation (NACCHO) this week joined with the AFL Indigenous All Stars at its International rules training session in Melbourne to launch Australia's first Aboriginal Health app.
 

Indigenous marathon runner completes Melbourne marathon after Boston marathon setback

14 October 2013

Indigenous marathon runner Emma Cameron from Darwin, Northern Territory, completed the Melbourne marathon on 13 October 2013.
 

Australian band to donate proceedings of their new single to Indigenous organisation Red Dust

11 October 2013

Australian band In Hearts Wake, in conjunction with their label UNFD, has made available their new single 'Skydancer' in a 'pay what you want scheme' with 100% of the profits going towards supporting Indigenous cultures worldwide through three not-for-profit charity groups.
 

Indigenous footballer Ezra Kennel returns home triumphant from National Youth Championships

10 October 2013

Thirteen year old Indigenous footballer Ezra Kennell, of Mackay Queensland has returned home triumphant after representing Queensland Country in the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) National Youth Championships.
 

National Ride2Work Day - Wednesday 16 October 2013

9 October 2013

National Ride2Work Day is occurring this year on Wednesday 16 October 2013.
 

Indigenous secondary school student juggles HSC, sport and TV commitments

7 October 2013

Tanisha Stanton, a seventeen year old secondary school student from Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW), is juggling her HSC commitments, netball and a new job hosting a show on the National Indigenous Television (NITV) network.
 

The first all-Indigenous team to represent Australia since 1868

26 September 2013

The AFL Indigenous All-stars team will tour Ireland for the International Rules series in October 2013.
 

Study examines new ways to promote active living in remote communities

23 September 2013

The Menzies School of Health Research have conducted the first ever study into Indigenous perspectives of active living as a result of the need to address the increasing chronic disease burden in remote Indigenous communities.
 

Royal Flying Doctor Service delivering healthier outcomes for remote communities

20 September 2013

Best-known for its medical support in the bush, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is also committed to providing programs to improve the health and well being of remote communities.
 

Deadly Indigenous sport award winners for 2013

11 September 2013

The 2013 Deadly Awards have celebrated Indigenous Australian sporting achievement across a variety of categories.
 

Footy scores points as educational motivator

11 September 2013

More than 400 young Indigenous footballers from across northern Australia have travelled to Katherine for an annual Australian Rules carnival.
 

Inaugural female Indigenous football competition kicks off

10 September 2013

The inaugural female Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) competition kicked off at Victoria Park in Melbourne, Victoria (Vic).
 

Nova Peris the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Federal Parliament

9 September 2013

The Australian IndigenousHealthInfoNet would like to pass our warm congratulations onto Nova Peris, the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Federal Parliament.
 

Beat it program changing bad health habits for Hopevale residents

9 September 2013

Eighteen Hopevale residents graduated from the 12 week Beat it program late last month.
 

New Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study released

4 September 2013

The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has released the results of a 12 year, 11,000 participant study on the health status of Australian adults.
 

Indigenous Marathon Project runners shine amongst a crowd of 85,000

26 August 2013

Twelve members of Robert de Castella's Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad joined with 85,000 other runners on Sunday August 11 2013 to conquer the world's largest fun run, the annual Sydney City2Surf.
 

Just released: 2013 Review of physical activity among Indigenous people

23 August 2013

The Review of physical activity among Indigenous people is now available for viewing and for download from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource.
 

Western Bulldogs AFL team host inaugural Koori youth program graduation

22 August 2013

The inaugural graduating class of the Western Bulldogs AFL team's Nallei-Jerring program were presented at Etihad Stadium last Sunday, in a ceremony attended by Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty.
 

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.
 

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
 

Exercise as medicine in Indigenous health

29 July 2013

Edith Cowan University PhD candidate, Tuguy Esgin, believes using exercise as a form of medicine could help Indigenous Australians avoid a range of chronic diseases.
 

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.
 

New 'Get up and grow' resources promote healthy eating and physical activity to kids

18 July 2013

New resources to assist childcare workers, families and carers in promoting healthy food and physical activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids are now available.
 

Geelong AFL Cats promote the Deadly choices message

17 July 2013

  The Geelong Football Club (the Geelong Cats) will run programs in Victoria to share anti-smoking, smoke-free and healthy lifestyle messages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
 

Recognition for Australian-supported netball program in Tonga

10 July 2013

The governments of Australia and Tonga are working together through the Australian sport outreach program (ASOP), an AusAID funded initiative which is managed by the Australian Sports Commission, to tackle women's physical inactivity.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Indigenous marathon runner gets off on the right foot

22 May 2013

A 20-year-old man from Townsville in north Queensland will brave the Canberra cold for the next five days after being chosen to join Robert de Castella's Indigenous marathon project.
 

Indigenous marathon project inspires Bathurst student

2 May 2013

Charles Sturt University student and staff member, Elise Hull, has been selected to join the Indigenous marathon project (IMP) and compete in the New York City Marathon this November.
 

2013 New South Wales Knockout Health Challenge launched

25 April 2013

Aboriginal communities from across New South Wales (NSW) will again team up with NSW Rugby League as part of the Knockout Challenge designed to encourage Aboriginal people to lose weight and embrace a healthier lifestyle.At the recent launch in Sydney, NSW's Minister for Healthy Lifestyles Kevin Humphries said by encouraging contestants to increase their exercise level and develop healthy eating habits they will not only lose weight but reduce their risk of contracting a range of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
 

Wirraka Maya and YMCA make a splash in Port Hedland

2 April 2013

Fifteen girls from Wirraka Maya's Leap leadership program recently participated in the YMCA's Swim for life initiative in Port Hedland, Western Australia (WA).
 

Memorial golf game honours Aboriginal role model Kenny Buckskin

25 March 2013

Aboriginal golfers from Adelaide converged on Port Augusta last week to compete in the Kenny Buckskin memorial competition.
 

Indigenous tennis program hits Victoria

20 March 2013

Tennis Come and Try Days have commenced in Victoria, giving Indigenous kids aged five to fifteen the chance to pick up a racquet, have fun and give tennis a real go.
 

Indigenous marathoners get delayed satisfaction in Tokyo

6 March 2013

Three Indigenous Australian runners crossed the finish line of the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, marking the end of a year-long journey that was nearly blown off-course by Hurricane Sandy.
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Plenty healthy!

29 November 2012

Plenty Valley Community Health, in partnership with the local Indigenous community in the Whittlesea area of Victoria, is running a project called Feedin' the mob.
 

New TV campaign promotes swimming lessons for Indigenous Australians

20 November 2012

A new national TV campaign from the YMCA (the Y), in partnership with the SBS Foundation, is calling for all Australians, particularly those from Indigenous and culturally diverse communities, to learn to swim.
 

Indigenous justice advocates nominated as Australia's Local Hero 2013 State Finalists

8 November 2012

Two Indigenous justice advocates are State Finalists for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Awards.
 

New residential facility at AFL Cape York

30 October 2012

AFL Cape York (AFLCY) was established in 2003 with the main purpose of co-ordinating the AFL kickstart program among primary and secondary children.
 

UWA Indigenous students win Kimberley klub awards

18 October 2012

Three Indigenous students from the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) recently received awards from Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan's Kimberley klub program.
 

Indigenous cricket squad going to India

11 October 2012

Cricket Australia's National Indigenous development squad departs for India this week to attend the country's Global cricket schools and play a series of matches against representative sides.
 

Belinda Duarte named AFL football Woman of the Year

28 September 2012

Richmond's Belinda Duarte was announced yesterday (27 September 2012) as the 2012 AFL football Woman of the Year.
 

Inquiry into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring

25 September 2012

On the 20th of September 2012 the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, and the Minister for Sport, Senator The Hon Kate Lundy, asked the House Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to inquire into and report on the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).
 

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
 

Cathy Freeman to run New York marathon in November

6 September 2012

Australian Olympic gold medallist, Cathy Freeman is set to run the world-famous New York City marathon in November.
 

5th September is inaugural National health & physical education (H&PE) day

5 September 2012

National health & physical education (H&PE) day will be held for the first time on Wednesday September 5th 2012.
 

Korey Summers to represent Northern Territory in half-marathon championships

4 September 2012

Indigenous marathon project (IMP) squad member Korey Summers has been selected to represent the Northern Territory in the Australian half-marathon championships at the Blackmore's Sydney Running Festival next weekend.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

H4H wins national award

4 September 2012

Hoops 4 Health Aboriginal Corporation was today announced the winner of the 'Play your part' award from the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Community walks encourage good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle

15 August 2012

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Healthy community healthy life project is encouraging physical activity, good nutrition, and the importance of health checks though a series of walks around communities.
 

Blackest Losers training hard for New South Wales Knockout Challenge

1 August 2012

The Blackest Losers, an Indigenous team competing in the New South Wales (NSW) State knockout challenge 2012, is profiled in the latest edition of New England focus magazine.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

National Preventive Health Research Strategy (2012-2016) Consultation Draft - Invitation to comment

26 July 2012

Promoting a healthy Australia (The Australian National Preventive Health Agency) invites submissions for the second consultation process to develop the National preventive health research strategy 2012-2016.
 

75 kilometre outback trek promotes traditional and healthy lifestyles for women and children

20 July 2012

About 50 women and children, who have been tracing traditional dreaming routes across Central Australia, finished the nine-day 'Long Walk' at Haasts Bluff yesterday.
 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.
 

Western Desert Sports carnival proves to be a success

20 June 2012

Indigenous communities recently gathered at Nullagine, in remote Western Australia (WA), for the first of three Western Desert Sports Council sports carnivals set for 2012.
 

Wadeye Magic a boost for remote Northern Territory community

18 June 2012

Wadeye Magic looks back at the past history of the community, its love of football and provides a visual account of positive changes in Wadeye as result of the AFL remote regional development program.
 

Improve your health during hospital stay

14 May 2012

Go walkabout to improve health while in hospital is a free program named after an Aboriginal tradition.  It aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in-patients at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital to go for regular strolls around the grounds to maintain fitness and speed up their recovery.
 

Micky O'Loughlin to retrace his bloodline

2 May 2012

Michael O'Loughlin has lived an extraordinary life: a premiership player; Sydney Swans 300-gamer; the first Indigenous coach of the Australian Institute Sport - Australian Football League Academy; and a loving father of three.
 

Young Victorian Aboriginal people recognised for leadership

30 April 2012

Twenty young Victorian Aboriginal achievers were recognised at the 16th annual Ricci Marks Awards ceremony at the Korin Gamadji Institute in Melbourne last week.
 

Pilbara youth inspires with dance and martial arts

30 April 2012

A 12-year-old dance and martial arts enthusiast from Port Hedland, Western Australia (WA), is the winner of the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People's 2012 Participate! Award.
 

AFL SportsReady program in Lithgow, New South Wales

30 April 2012

Portland Central School in Lithgow, New South Wales, is benefiting from the talents of a full-time AFL SportsReady trainee.
 

Kimberley woman conquers Boston Marathon

27 April 2012

An Indigenous woman from the Kimberley region in Western Australia has conquered the famous Boston Marathon.
 

WA anti-obesity body axed to save cash

20 April 2012

A task force set up to fight Western Australia's obesity crisis was axed just hours after the Barnett Government announced statewide budget cuts on Tuesday (17 April 2012).
 

'Move it mob style' named ASTRA award finalist

20 April 2012

Move it mob style, the Indigenous TV dance program, has been named as a finalist in one of the TV industry's most prominent awards - the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) Awards.
 

Melbourne welcomes athletes to Australian Indigenous Athletics Championships

17 April 2012

Melbourne has hosted the Australian Indigenous Athletics Championships for the first time, giving more than 100 of the country's best track and field athletes a chance to show off their talent at Lakeside Stadium.
 

Indigenous lifesaving program nominated for international award

17 April 2012

A program that aims to generate first-time employment for young Indigenous people has been nominated for an international award.
 

Indigenous hockey gets top support

17 April 2012

A local hockey association in Western Australia's Pilbara region recently hosted the world's top hockey team as part of the National Indigenous hockey program.
 

New story book gives Indigenous perspective on Aussie Rules

17 April 2012

An Indigenous Victorian author has launched a children's book about the origins of Australian Rules Football.
 

Registrations open for national Indigenous basketball championships

17 April 2012

Registrations are now open for the 7th Annual Generation One National Indigenous Basketball Championships in Hobart.
 

Healthy living week one - Lajamanu

16 April 2012

After a nine hour road trip through some of the most beautiful remote country, which features abundant wildlife with everything from brolgas to death adders, the Red Dust team made its way to Lajamanu.
 

Indigenous baseball team wins 2011/12 grand final

5 April 2012

Two years ago, Gary Fishburn established an Indigenous baseball side in the Redfern area.
 

Wirrpanda backs sista girls

4 April 2012

It is a little known fact about Australian Football League player and former West Coast Eagles star David Wirrpanda that his first love was netball.
 

Project sends restored bikes to outback

30 March 2012

More than 60 second-hand bikes will arrive at Coober Pedy in the outback soon, thanks to a collaboration between a Melbourne couple and a regional Aboriginal health service.
 

Bringing soccer to Indigenous kids in Darwin

29 March 2012

Indigenous youth in Darwin recently participated in the Johnny Warren Football Foundation's largest ever soccer camp.
 

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

3on3 gives a good vibe

16 February 2012

Hundreds of young people descended on the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre for the National Indigenous 3on3 basketball and hip hop challenge - the Vibe 3on3 on February 16.
 

Apply now for Indigenous sport and physical activity funding

1 February 2012

Do you want to run a sport or active recreation activity that helps to improve the health and physical wellbeing of Indigenous Australians? Will the activity also offer broad social benefits to the Indigenous people that participate? Submissions are now being sought for the Indigenous sport and active recreation program (ISARP), a Commonwealth funding scheme.
 

Indigenous AFL players pursue wellbeing off the field

1 February 2012

The Australian Football League Players' Association (AFLPA) has released an annual report that shows that professional Indigenous AFL players are taking advantage of a range of off-field wellbeing programs.
 

Indigenous runners now being recruited for 2012 NY marathon

25 January 2012

Seven Indigenous men and four Indigenous women have recently returned from America where they ran the world famous foot race, the New York City Marathon.
 

Kokoda challenge for Indigenous youth

24 January 2012

A group of young Indigenous people from East Gippsland in Victoria are preparing to walk the Kokoda trail later this year.
 

Indigenous lifesavers compete in nationals

23 January 2012

Australia's first Indigenous surf lifesaving club recently competed at the national championships in Sydney.
 

Clean slate without prejudice program in Redfern a success

20 January 2012

A boxing program called Clean slate without prejudice has seen good results since it began in Redfern, New South Wales, in June 2009.
 

Indigenous youth sports program to improve university enrolments

16 January 2012

While the mercury soared this week, 100 Indigenous young people spent the week sweating it out on the University of Queensland's St Lucia sports fields to whet their appetite for academic life.
 

Players picked for touring Indigenous hockey team

16 December 2011

Three young female hockey players from Rockhampton have been selected for Queensland's first recognised Indigenous hockey team.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
 

Groundswell in Indigenous cricket

9 December 2011

The Sydney morning herald's recent article, Australia dreaming, charts the rising prominence of Wiradjuri cricketer, Dan Christian, against the history of Indigenous cricket in Australia.
 

2012 NRL Indigenous All Stars team and jersey launch

9 December 2011

The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence this week hosted the 2012 National Rugby League (NRL) Indigenous All Stars team announcement and jersey launch.
 

New Indigenous exercise and nutrition programs

6 December 2011

The Australian Government has today announced the recipients of the third round of its Healthy communities initiative funding.
 

Barunga boy Cadel Evans to support Indigenous cause

30 November 2011

Tracker magazine has reported that Cadel Evans wants to use his global profile to highlight disadvantage faced by Aboriginal people.
 

Doomadgee students try first surf, Byron Bay

18 November 2011

Surfing Australia recently played host to a group of school children who were visiting Byron Bay from Doomadgee State School in remote north-west Queensland.
 

Sports stars talk fitness at the Deadlys

17 November 2011

Indigenous sports stars at this year's Deadly Awards were keen to talk about how sport and physical activity has opened the doors to a positive and healthy life.
 

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.
 

Indigenous teenager to run the New York Marathon

26 October 2011

Indigenous teenager, Caine Schofield, is one of 20 Indigenous people running the New York Marathon as part of the Indigenous marathon project (IMP).
 

Support for youth detainees' running program

13 October 2011

Young detainees, and staff at the Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre, took off running on the 5 October 2011 for the annual marathon running day.
 

Indigenous runners from the NT to take on New York Marathon

5 October 2011

Two Indigenous runners from the Northern Territory have been selected to compete in the New York Marathon later this year.
 

Physical activity yarning place now available

5 October 2011

We have recently developed a physical activity yarning place by providing an electronic service that encourages information sharing and collaboration among a full range of people working in health and related sectors.
 

Adelaide Crows take eye health campaign to APY lands

4 October 2011

Adelaide Crows players are spreading the word about eye health in the far north of South Australia by promoting the club's My eye health campaign in the APY lands in September 2011.
 

All Stars has stunning impact on Indigenous communities

1 August 2011

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2012 Harvey Norman All Stars as Indigenous, political, sporting and social leaders gathered in Brisbane to unveil the stunning impact of rugby league based school to work programmes in Indigenous communities.
 

Preston's boots auctioned for Close the gap round

1 August 2011

Indigenous All Stars hero Preston Campbell's signed, handpainted football boots will be auctioned as part of the NRL Close the gap round (round 22 - August 5-8) to raise funds for charity.
 

Red Dust supports Tiwi Ashes 2011

1 August 2011

During the month of August, Tiwi College on Melville Island comes to life with the Tiwi Ashes 2011.
 

Murray Bridge takes Deadly Fun Run Championships

The South Australian community of Murray Bridge took out the second annual Deadly Fun Run Championships held recently at Uluru in the Northern Territory.
 
 
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