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Work it Out! is a chronic disease self-management program that aims to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through addressing chronic disease.
The group program adopts a holistic view of Indigenous health and utilises an inter-professional health partnership approach to aid in chronic disease self-management in south-eastern Queensland. The aims of the program are to:
The 12 week program includes two to four sessions each week, which usually involve an hour of exercise and a 45 minute education session. Each participant's exercise program is individually tailored to them by an exercise physiologist and delivered within a supportive group session. Topics covered in the education sessions include:
The program also has a research component which monitors both qualitative and quantitative health indicators including blood pressure, blood glucose and social and emotional wellbeing. Since its inception in 2011, the program has shown statistically significant improvements for these indicators.
This program is an initiative of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.
In 2014, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology were awarded National Heart Foundation funding to conduct an evaluation of the program.
Abstract adapted from the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
23 Edgar Street
Bowen Hills Qld 4006
Ph: (07) 3648 9500
Fax: (07) 3252 9851