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This project aimed to reduce injuries and health problems caused by environmental factors in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Cherbourg, Queensland. The project focused on unintentional injury and safety promotion. The key aspect of this project was that it was born of, and driven by, the Cherbourg community.
The project identified five key areas for local action:
Examples of activities that were put in place as part of the project are:
The strategies and outcomes of the project were documented so that they could be transferred to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.
The project commenced in 2008 and was funded for five years by Queensland Health. The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) from the University of Southern Queensland monitored and evaluated the project.
This project was named a finalist in the 2012 Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards in the environmental health category.
Abstract adapted from Cherbourg injury prevention and safety promotion project
Health Promotion Officer
PO Box 1775
Toowoomba Qld 4350
Ph: (07) 4631 9860
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
Ph: (07) 4168 1866