Closing up the gap

CEDUNA District Health Services and Country North SA Medicare Local (CNSAML) promoted Aboriginal health for Close the Gap Day on March 20.

The National Closing the Gap campaign is aimed at closing the health gap and providing equality in the health of all Australians within a generation.

Research has shown Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher rates of preventable diseases, such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease.

CNSAML is providing support to Aboriginal people in the Far West region who have a chronic disease, as a part of its work to help Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians.

CNSAML Aboriginal advocacy and health development manager John Buckskin said the average life expectancy for Aboriginal people was as much as 17 years lower than for other Australians.

In celebration of Closing the Gap, Ceduna District Health Services held a community event in front of the Ceduna Hospital on March 20.

HealthTrack provided a free barbecue, fruit and vegetables for people on site between 11am and noon, while Better Care coordinator Huma Aziz provided free health checks for patrons, including checking blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Ceduna District Health Services has also promoted the Closing the Gap campaign, and has developed a number of health initiatives and introduced infrastructure to provide a welcoming and culturally appropriate service to the Aboriginal community.

For more details call Deb Miller on 8626 2110.

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