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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Strong culture: a road to good health

 

Overview

The Strong culture: a road to good health program aims to assist teachers, health workers and other community workers in engaging young Aboriginal people in diabetes prevention messages. Local Aboriginal Elders or community members lead the program, drawing on traditional ways and practices to captivate and motivate the participants.

The program was developed and trialed in the Northam community of Western Australia (WA) after two Aboriginal grandmothers expressed their desire to pass on their Aboriginal knowledge and practices with an emphasis on bush tucker to the younger generations.

This program was originally developed for implementation with children aged between 10 and 12 years of age and over time has changed to suit a variety of age groups.

A package of resources has been developed for use by a variety of community workers including:

The resource package includes:

Diabetes WA offers small grants to schools and other community organisations to assist in the cost associated with delivering this program.

Abstract adapted from Diabetes WA

Contacts

Aboriginal Health Team
Diabetes WA
Level 3, 322 Hay Street
PO Box 1699
Subiaco WA 6904
Ph: (08) 9436 6246
Fax: (08) 9221 1183
Email: aboriginalhealth@diabeteswa.com.au

Related publications

Diabetes WA (2014)

Strong Culture: a road to good health: a resource for engaging Aboriginal school students in diabetes prevention.

Perth, WA: Diabetes WA

The Strong culture: a road to good health resources were developed to assist teachers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and other community workers in engaging young Aboriginal people in diabetes prevention messages. The resources are part of the Strong culture: a road to good health program developed and trialed in Northam, Western Australia (WA).

The resource package includes:

The DVD shows the process that was undertaken in Northam and is designed to provide other communities with ideas and suggestions for running a similar program.

The activities and resources in the package can be modified to meet the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Diabetes WA offers small grants to schools and other community organisations to assist in the cost associated with delivering the Strong culture: a road to good health program.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 5 November 2014
 
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