Mahalia Murphy, Ambassador, 1 Deadly Step.Photo Contributed
Mahalia Murphy, Ambassador, 1 Deadly Step.Photo Contributed Contributed

Closing the gap in Casino with 1 Deadly Step

A DAY focused on closing the gap on chronic disease in Aboriginal communities will be held next week at Casino.

North Coast Primary Health Network, Northern NSW Local Health District and Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation, have come together to host a screening day on Wednesday April 6 at Casino Indoor Sports Stadium as part of a continuing collaborative effort to improve the health of Aboriginal communities.

1 Deadly Step is a nine-stage screening initiative developed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation delivering free chronic disease health checks in Aboriginal communities across NSW.

Community members can be screened for health conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes which result in reduced life expectancy and poorer quality of life.

The 1 Deadly Step model engages local health services to plan a program tailored to local health needs.

The Casino event will be delivered by an experienced team of staff from NNSW LHD, Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation, North Coast PHN and NSW Country Rugby.

1 Deadly Step program ambassador Mahalia Murphy encourages locals to come down to the event.

"It's important that people take control of their health," Ms Murphy said.

"By coming to the screening event you'll be ensuring the health of your family for the future, and helping to close the gap on Aboriginal life expectancy in NSW."

A unique part of the 1 Deadly Step program is the use of an iPad app to record and analyse each person's screening results.

The app will provide a created snapshot of the individual's combined chronic disease risk which in turn can be accessed by their GP to develop targeted care plans.

Once a person has participated in nine stages of screening they receive a free 1 Deadly Step jersey.

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