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The Yirriku (Active mob) program was developed because of a concern that Aboriginal people living in remote areas of Western Australia (WA) were disadvantaged when it came to choices in physical activity programs. It was recognised that Ngaanyatjarra people (Yarnangu) faced cultural barriers or difficulty in participating in physical activity programs in the Shire of Ngaanyatjarra.
The program aimed to increase physical activity options, reduce risky health behaviours and improve health outcomes for Yarnangu in two WA remote communities by:
Programs were tailored for the target group who were young males and females aged 16 years or older.
Around 20 participants attended regular sessions at the Warburton gym where qualified gym instructors were available for support. As a result of the gym attendance participation in football and softball programs increased.
Clean up days were promoted as an opportunity to participate in walking groups to increase physical activity.
The project ran from January 2009 to January 2010 with funding from the Physical Activity Taskforce, WA Local Government Association and Lotterywest.
Abstract adapted from Shire of Ngaantayjarraku
Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
Great Central Road
Warburton Aboriginal Community WA
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
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