Issue 14
Monday, 15 August 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
HealthLAB is visiting Batchelor, Mataranka, Katherine, and Bathurst Island for National Science Week
HealthLAB is visiting Batchelor, Mataranka, Katherine, and Bathurst Island for National Science Week

Mobile health lab to visit remote communities

By Emmanuelle Clarke

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities this week as part of National Science Week.

The visits are designed to spark people’s interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people’s future health.

Menzies School of Health Research’s mobile HealthLAB uses the latest health technology to measure people’s health and inform them about the impacts of smoking, alcohol misuse and diet, which can increase the risk of major chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

HealthLAB Director Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan said HealthLAB would show people how to make the right lifestyle choices to lower their risk of developing chronic diseases.

HealthLAB, run by dieticians, sonographers, clinical professionals and scientists, aims to give people – especially the young and school children – the confidence to look after their health and make positive lifestyle changes.

Assisted by a National Science Week grant, HealthLAB will visit Bathurst Island, Mataranka, Katherine and Batchelor.
   
Northern Territory Science Week Committee Chair Jade Leask said the week aimed to encourage an interest in science among the general public and encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world they lived in.

“We are delighted to assist HealthLAB to travel to remote communities in the NT and allow more people to engage with the science of health," Ms Leask said.

For more information about HealthLAB’s National Science Week activities, visit W: menzies.edu.au/page/Education_and_Training/HealthLAB_Project/