More staff for no smoking message
INDIGENOUS health received a boost yesterday with a Federal Government funding announcement that will see more staff at Nhulundu Health Services.
Two new faces have already joined the team at Nhulundu, practice manager Jenny Kerr and indigenous outreach worker Chantelle Johnson.
Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon announced that Nhulundu Health Services will receive more than $500,000 to deliver a regional tobacco co-ordinator and tobacco action worker, in addition to two new Healthy Lifestyle workers to help improve nutrition and physical activity in Gladstone.
In addition, about $100,000 will be available annually to support regional anti-smoking campaign work.
Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said it was known that almost half of indigenous people smoke and one in five deaths were a direct result of smoking.
“The new anti-tobacco workforce will be employed this month to tackle this smoking head on and help reach more Indigenous people to run local smoking prevention and quit campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, and support individuals to quit,” he said.
“The new Healthy Lifestyle Workers will help tackle poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, which are major contributors to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.”