Aboriginal Communities

There are many programs available to support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people within the Mid North Coast Local Health District, including:

  • Quit Smoking provides useful information for Aboriginal people who are considering or would like to quit smoking
  • Get Healthy Service is a free, confidential telephone-based service which helps people to make positive lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Risky Drinking which aims to provide education on the effectives of excessive drinking such as health, personal and social problems
  • Heart Foundation Walking, Australia’s largest community-based walking network, and it’s free
  • Get Healthy at Work, which helps businesses to develop plans to address health issues within the workplace such as obesity, lack of physical activity and risky drinking
  • Stepping On, and Other Exercise Programs which provides information and resources to help build confidence and reduce the risk of injurious falls
  • Smoke Free Pregnancy which provides information for Aboriginal women, or women with Aboriginal partners, who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, and wish to give up smoking
  • Live Life Well @ School which aims to get primary school students more active, more often as well as improving their eating habits
  • Crunch & Sip:  is a set break during the school day in which primary school students can eat fruit (or salad vegetables) and drink water in the classroom
  • Munch & Move supports the healthy development of children from birth to five years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time
  • Go4Fun is a free ten week program for primary school children above healthy weight to become fitter, healthier and happier
  • Cooks in Care aims to assist and support cooks in preparing nutritionally balanced meals in childcare centres
  • Healthy Canteens is your one stop shop for information relating to recommended menus and foods for primary and secondary school canteens.

Information is also available to assist Aboriginal people in identifying smoke free outdoor areas where they can interact without the risk of inhaling second hand cigarette smoke.

NSW Health’s Smoke Free Health Care Policy aims to reduce the risks to health associated with tobacco use by clients, staff and visitors to NSW Health facilities. The Policy is applicable at all NSW Health facilities, including all hospitals and community health centres in the Mid North Coast Local Health District.