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Workplace Indigenous physical activity (WIPA) project



This project targeted staff working in two Indigenous community controlled health organisations in South East Queensland. It was hoped that there would be flow-on effects from this project, namely that Indigenous members of the community would recognise efforts being taken by staff to lead by example, thus creating opportunities for physical activity brief intervention messages and/or triggers.

The aim was to increase physical activity levels of staff working at the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the Kalwun Development Corporation and the Brisbane Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service (AICHS), by 10% by October 2008.

The project included a 12-week pedometer challenge, physical activity group counselling and weekly newsletter in an attempt to increase physical activity levels among staff working for QAIHC, Kalwun and Brisbane AICHS. Participants included all casual, part-time, full-time, Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff.

A health survey was used to gather baseline information on participants, and participants underwent basic physiological assessments including body mass index, blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol and waist measurement. The health survey and assessment were conducted prior to, and at the completion of the 12 week intervention.


Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

QAIHC West End
21 Buchanan St
West End QLD
PO Box 3205
South Brisbane QLD
Ph: (07) 3328 8500
Fax: (07) 3844 1544

QAIHC Townsville
Level 2, 143 Walker St
Townsville QLD 4810
PO Box 1037
Townsville QLD 4810
Ph: (07) 4721 0744
Fax: (07) 4721 0310

QAIHC Cairns
186 Mccombe St
(c/o Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
Bungalow QLD 4870
PO Box 12039
Cairns Delivery Centre QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4081 5600
Fax: (07) 4051 7940

Related publications

Hodgson D (2008)

Workplace Indigenous Physical Activity Project (WIPA).

Brisbane: 10,000 Steps


Last updated: 19 October 2011
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