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Mangabay dhingiga ganggundi bimbi means 'meeting place for doing good'. This is the name given to the new program in Central Queensland which aims to improve and promote better health for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people living with chronic and complex care needs.
The program has been adapted from Aunty Jean's good health program in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, which harnesses the capacity of the community to make positive change, with the Elders leading the way.
The program is being funded through the Department of Communities' Home and community care program and aims to provide Indigenous community members with culturally appropriate health support and education.
The program is targeting people with chronic conditions including high blood pressure, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or stroke.
The program will involve weekly gatherings at the Blue Care centre where clients can participate in gym or hydrotherapy pool exercise sessions, social support and educational sessions, along with health consultations and weekly results monitoring.
Abstract adapted from Blue Care
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