Issue 2
Monday, 01 April 2019
Charles Darwin University
HealthLAB volunteer sonographer Kate Duncan with Minister Ken Wyatt in Darwin
HealthLAB volunteer sonographer Kate Duncan with Minister Ken Wyatt in Darwin

Sport a boost to Menzies Indigenous health research

A partnership that uses sport to improve the health of Indigenous Territorians has been given a $2.7 million boost.

Menzies School of Health and Research will work with John Moriarty Football to improve the remote health and education outcomes among children aged between five and 16. The program encourages regular school attendance, healthier lifestyles through better nutrition and more physical activity.

Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt AM said the partnership would use the Menzies HealthLAB program to engage with young people in remote communities in a “pop-up” mobile laboratory.

John Moriarty Football co-founder John Moriarty said his organisation was grateful for the funding.

“We will use it to extend our work of the past seven years, improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory,” Mr Moriarty said.

Mr Wyatt also announced $3.8 million to work with remote communities and families to develop age-appropriate and culturally relevant programs for young people with Type 2 diabetes.

Menzies Director Professor Alan Cass said young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with Type 2 diabetes were particularly at high risk of developing complications, including kidney failure requiring dialysis.

“This collaboration will develop, pilot and evaluate enhanced models of care that are appropriate for young people,” Professor Cass said.

“If we can keep young people healthy and prevent the devastating complications of diabetes, the benefits to individuals, their families and communities will be obvious.” 

The funding will support the Bridging the Gap Foundation’s National Indigenous Preventive Health and Educational Program.