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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health coup for Townsville

Date posted: 15 November 2017

Townsville, Queensland (Qld), will lead Australia in ­delivering an internationally acclaimed health and wellbeing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

The Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS) will steer the new initiative, called the First Thousand Days Australia. It will be rolled out across North Qld and focus on babies’ first two years of life beginning at conception.

TAIHS Chair, Morris Cloudy said ­although they had a successful record of ­providing quality health care and social ­services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait community, there remained many obstacles to ensuring kids received the best possible opportunities in life.

'We believe that this model will assist us in addressing these gaps,' he said.

Heather Lee, midwife and Manager of TAIHS’ Child and Maternal Health services, said it was important for future generations.

'The aspiration for me personally is to have healthier women, children and dads in our community.' Ms Lee said TAIHS aimed to ­decrease the number of chronic diseases within the community.

Source: Townsville Bulletin


Last updated: 15 November 2017
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