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Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Project



The Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Project (IHLP) aimed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the improvement of lifestyles, and to reduce the risk factors for chronic disease, by enabling self management of health priorities.

The project 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, the general aim was to improve health through community based activities that promoted healthy lifestyles and improved access to existing services.

The project was evaluated in 2009-2010 by the Office of Aboriginal Health, Department of Health WA. The IHLP's 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


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Evaluated publications

Larson A (2011)

Evidence-based success factors for community-based Aboriginal health projects.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Larson A (2010)

Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle program evaluation: final report.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health


Last updated: 4 September 2017
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