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NSW Knockout Weight Loss Challenge



The New South Wales (NSW) Knockout Weight Loss Challenge was part of the cultural health communities strategy for the Chronic Care for Aboriginal People Program. NSW Health partnered with NSW Rugby League to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities by offering the opportunity to Aboriginal people to be part of a community challenge.

The aim was to motivate people to manage their risk factors or chronic disease by eating healthy food, being active and having regular health checks. A weight loss challenge and a walking challenge were offered to 50 Aboriginal communities in NSW. Each team was made up of Aboriginal people over the age of 18 years who were motivated to lose weight.

To support the participants they were offered a personal health coach and had access to a town committee. The town committee had representatives from local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal medical services, Aboriginal land councils, local government and other local organisations. Eighty-nine percent of participants who completed the challenge lost weight and there were self-reported positive outcomes including dietary changes, increased exercise and improved knowledge.

The Knockout Challenge is held each year in NSW and is supported by NSW Rugby League and NSW Ministry of Health.

Abstract adapted from NSW Health


Rachael Havrlant
Chronic Care for Indigneous People Program
Agency for Clinical Innovation
Ph: (02) 9464 4688

Raylene Gordon
Program Manager
NSW Ministry of Health
North Sydney NSW 2060
Mobile: 0434 323 422

Related publications

Passmore E, Shepherd B, Milat A, Maher L, Hennessey K, Havrlant R, Maxwell M, Hodge W, Christian F, Richards J, Mitchell J (2017)

The impact of a community-led program promoting weight loss and healthy living in Aboriginal communities: the New South Wales Knockout Health Challenge.

BMC Public Health; 17: 951

Retrieved 13 December 2017 from

Evaluated publications

Christian F, Hodge W, Matthews-Simmons F, Thomas M, Vale C, Odgers J, Leahy-Gatfield R (2015)

Evaluation of the NSW Knockout Health Challenge 2013: final report.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2015)

2013 Knockout Health Challenge: evaluation findings.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (2012)

Evaluation of the NSW Knockout Weight Loss Challenge pilot project: final report - executive summary.

Sydney: Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia


Last updated: 21 December 2017
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