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The Lifescripts project was a national approach to healthier lifestyles that addressed the risk factors for chronic disease. A set of resources was created for use in general practice, to encourage promotion of lifestyle change in consultations with patients.
In 2007, the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health worked with the Commonwealth Department of Health to produce an adapted form of the mainstream Lifescripts, for use with Aboriginal Australian clients. The final set of resources was completed in December 2007.
The full range of Lifescripts resources were produced specifically for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. The resources could be used by Aboriginal Health Workers, general practitioners and practice nurses within general practice or in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care settings. Topics addressed were:
The resource kit contained evidence-based tools that enabled general practice to assist patients to modify their lifestyles. The resources included:
In 2013 the Department of Health decided to withdraw the Lifescripts resources from circulation as they are no longer considered to be consistent with the latest evidence and guidelines on nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption. The Department of Health is considering the future availability of the resources.
Abstract adapted from Department of Health
Department of Health
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Canberra ACT 2601
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Lifescripts was a set of resources designed to assist GPs and health workers to provide advice to patients on how to manage the lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease. These risk factors include: smoking; poor nutrition; alcohol use, physical inactivity and unhealthy weight.
Specific Medicare items are available for GPs to provide voluntary health checks (or health assessments) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The aim of these Medicare items it to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive primary health care matched to their needs.
This DVD explored the set of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare health checks available for Indigenous children, adults and older people and the Lifescripts tools that support them.
The DVD included three case studies which illustrate the successful use and implementation of these health checks and Lifescripts into health services.
The Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF) is no longer operational, and the Across the lifespan: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks and Lifescripts resource is no longer available.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract