Free Health Checks for Aboriginal Community; General and Sexual Health Support for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders

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THE North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (NCACCH) will hold its annual free Well Person's Health Check Day in Gympie next month.

The campaign aims to encourage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community to have general and sexual health checks, as part of the nationwide Close the Gap campaign.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live substantially shorter lives than other Australians a up to 20 years less in some cases. And babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at twice the rate of other Australian babies.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders also experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

The Close the Gap Campaign was adopted as the name of the human rights based campaign for Indigenous health equality in 2006, and has a goal to close the health and life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within a generation.

aWe should not accept that indigenous Australians will end up in hospitals at twice the rate of other Australians, or suffer significantly higher rates of preventable diseases,a NCACCH operations Manager Kim Helmore said.

aThe Well Person's Health Check Days encourage the community to make healthy life choices. …