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The Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Project(IHLP) aimed to assist Indigenous communities to improve lifestyle and reduce risk factors for chronic disease by enabling them to be responsive to their own health priorities.
This initiative focused on:
Five sites in Western Australia (WA) were selected for the project based on identified areas of need, community support for chronic disease programs, infrastructure to support the program and recent developments in the communities. They were:
While each site had different priorities, they all aimed to improve health through community-based activities that promoted healthy lifestyles and improved use of services.
The project was evaluated in 2009-2010 by the Office of Aboriginal Health, Department of Health WA. The IHLPs flexible model of supporting community-based projects was found to be successful in enabling communities to adopt healthy behaviours using a holistic approach. This was achieved through the dedication of project workers who used their good community relationships to implement the projects. The programs recorded stories which demonstrated many positive changes resulting from people having the confidence to take control of their health.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Health Western Australia