Local health providers from Orange Health Service and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OMAS) have come together to host a ‘1 Deadly Step’ screening day on Monday 26 October at Robertson Park as part of Orange’s NAIDOC celebrations.
The free community event will feature 1 Deadly Step screening as well as entertainment, activities for families and health-provider stalls.
1 Deadly Step is a 10-stage screening initiative of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and features free chronic disease health checks in Aboriginal communities across New South Wales. Health professionals from Orange AMS and Orange Health Service will test screen participants for chronic health conditions. 1 Deadly Step will target kidney disease, lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes, which combined make up the majority of the gap in Aboriginal health.
A unique part of the process is the use of an iPad app which will record and analyse each person’s screening results. The app will provide an individually catered snapshot of each participant’s combined chronic disease risk which in turn can be accessed by their GP to develop targeted care plans.
Currently, Aboriginal people experience lower levels of access to health services than the general population, related to factors such as proximity, availability and cultural appropriateness of health services, transport, health insurance and affordability. The ability to provide screening at a culturally appropriate community event helps to overcome these barriers.
Country Rugby League of NSW is a major partner of 1 Deadly Step and offers the platform of Rugby League, Role Models, and Sporting workshops to encourage community participation.
The partnership between the Agency for Clinical Innovation, Country Rugby League and local health organisations provides a platform to engage with local communities to participate in screening events and achieve the main objectives of;
· Increasing awareness of chronic diseases
· Promoting prevention and management
· Increasing early detection of chronic disease
· Providing timely referrals to specialists services
· Improving the follow up process of chronic disease with local health care providers.
High profile role models from the Aboriginal community will be attending the event to promote screening for chronic disease as an important step to Close The Gap.
Amanda Nairn, Chronic Disease Coordinator at Orange AMS and local working party chairperson said, “OAMS is excited by the opportunity to further showcase our collaboration with Orange Health Service and the Western Local Health District in the delivery of the 1 Deadly Step program”.
“This event will enhance our opportunities to identify Aboriginal people in our community who may have a chronic disease but not be aware of it and strengthen the relationship with our health partners,” she said.
David Meharg, Manager, Orange Primary & Community Health Services, Orange Health Service said, “Collaborative approaches to service delivery, such as 1 Deadly Step allows Orange Heath Service and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service to effectively engage and connect with the Aboriginal community to increase access to health screening for chronic conditions and support integrated approaches to care.”
Champion for the program and Canberra Raiders player Jack Wighton encourages Orange locals to come down to Robertson Park on Monday. “We want to see plenty of people attend with their family and kids. Once you’ve completed all the stages, you’ll take home a 1 Deadly Step jersey”.
The event offers 1 Deadly Step health screening services as well as range of engaging activities for participants, including:
· Appearances by high profile Aboriginal role models (Will Smith, Penrith Panthers; and Julie Young, former Australian Women’s Team)
· Country Rugby League Rugby stalls
· A Free Community BBQ
· Lucky Door Prizes
· Kids activities
1 Deadly Step screenings open from 10:00 within the grounds of Robertson Park.
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