Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) and the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service are partnering to host a Health Precinct at the 2015 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout being held at Caltex Park in Dubbo over the October long weekend.
The Knockout is recognised as the major Aboriginal cultural event in NSW, with over 15,000 people expected to attend over the weekend, including up to 100 men’s, women’s and children’s teams in their respective competitions.
Western NSW LHD Senior Manager, Aboriginal Health,Wendy Moore said the Health Precinct will be operated by qualified health professionals and will include chronic disease screening and referrals as well as a Sun Smart sunscreen station.
“There will also be information available on a variety of health topics, including chronic disease, immunisation, cancer, mental health, drugs and alcohol, and general health and wellbeing,” she said.
“We encourage people who are attending the Knockout to visit the Health Precinct to have a health check, enjoy some complimentary fruit and water and to talk about any health concerns with our friendly staff”.
People visiting the Health Precinct also have the opportunity to win one of six Fitbit watches by completing a short quiz about immunisation.
Wendy said that while health information has been made available at the annual Knockout event in the past, this is the first time a Health Precinct of this scale has been set up to educate, inform and share information with people about Aboriginal health.
“Closing the Gap in Aboriginal health is a key priority of the Health District and we want to use this opportunity to showcase our services and engage with people about their health face-to-face,” she said.
“The Knockout is a significant cultural event and we are really pleased to be working with the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service as partners on this project to have a positive impact on the health Aboriginal families from western NSW and all over the state.
“We look forward to seeing lots of people come through the Health Precinct over the weekend, as well as some good footy of course!”
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