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This project aims to reduce injuries and health problems caused by environmental factors in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg, Queensland. The project has a focus on unintentional injury and safety promotion and the key aspect of this project is that it is born of, and driven by, the Cherbourg community.
The project has identified five key areas for local action. These are:
Examples of activities that have been put in place as part of the project are:
The strategies and outcomes of the project are being documented so that they can be transferred to other Indigenous communities in Australia.
The project commenced in 2008 and is funded for five years by Queensland Health. The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) from the University of Southern Queensland is monitoring and evaluating 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