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One deadly step



The One deadly step program was developed in partnership with New South Wales Health and the Australian Rugby League to address chronic diseases in Aboriginal communities of New South Wales.

The program aimed to:

Participants from Campbelltown, Kempsey, Griffith, Moree and Redfern took part in a 12 step screening process that provided health checks, health referrals and follow ups. The program used the sporting platform of rugby league to engage local communities to participate.

An independent evaluation of the pilot program indicated a number of factors that supported the One deadly step model as a successful engagement strategy targeting Aboriginal people. The evaluation also provided an analysis of the data collected from the five sites to support components of the program that have potential in further development.

Based on the evaluation two components of the trial will be enhanced for the next phase of the pilot, these are:

Abstract adapted from Excellence and Innovation in Healthcare


NSW Ministry of Health
73 Miller Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
Locked Mail Bag 961
North Sydney NSW 2059
Ph: (02) 9391 9000
Fax: (02) 9391 9101

Kiel Hennessey
Chronic Care for Aboriginal People
Ph: (02) 9464 4685

Related publications

Wright L (2011)

One deadly step.

Paper presented at the Chronic Care for Aboriginal People State Forum. 3-4 November 2011, Eveleigh, NSW


Last updated: 24 September 2015
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