Working together to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Improving health outcomes and health literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

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Patients aged 18 years and over are identified and screened for cardiovascular risk, chronic diseases, and smoking via the Medicare Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Medicare Benefits Schedule [MBS] item 715).

Suitable clients are invited to participate in after-hours exercise group sessions with a personal trainer, twice a week for two hours. Sessions include advice and education on diet and healthy living, with the aim to decrease body mass index (BMI), increase health literacy, and provide better management of chronic disease. Smoking cessation support is also offered and promoted.

Fiona Thompson, Clinical Services Manager, Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal Corporation.

Visit ‘Key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations’ for a list of useful contacts.


The information set out in this publication is current at the date of first publication and is intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. Nor is this publication exhaustive of the subject matter. Persons implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Compliance with any recommendations cannot of itself guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional and the premises from which the health professional operates.

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