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Abstract: Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease are the leading causes of the burden of disease in Indigenous Australians. The associated conditions can be attributed to four main risk factors of tobacco use, overweight and/or obesity, nutrition and alcohol. The progression to developing long term chronic disease conditions can be reduced through the delivery of targeted strategies addressing these main risk factors. Furthermore, in order to address the health disparities in Indigenous Australian communities, there is a need to ensure Aboriginal Community Controlled Services, such as Waminda, lead the delivery of health care and preventative programs, particularly to those community members that are hard to reach. Aboriginal Community Controlled Services are better equipped with local community knowledge and take a proactive stance of ensuring Aboriginal community members are able to participate in programs and activities that enable them to make informed decisions about their own health care, thus placing them in an empowered position. Through the delivery of programs at the community level, Aboriginal people with the support of Community Controlled Services are seeing change occur particularly in the Shoalhaven region of NSW. In this paper we will provide a case study of the Waminda Health and Wellbeing program presently being implemented in the community of Nowra and outerlying areas.

To cite this article: Firth, Willow; Crook, Lauren; Thompson, Marlene; Worner, Faye and Board, Waminda. Waminda's Wellbeing program [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2012: 20-23. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=851535028239089;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 27 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Firth, Willow; Crook, Lauren; Thompson, Marlene; Worner, Faye; Board, Waminda; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2012: 20-23 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Chronic diseases--Prevention; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Public health--Education; Health education of women; Well-being; Affiliation: (1) South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, Waminda, Nowra NSW
(2) South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, Waminda, Nowra NSW
(3) South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, Waminda, Nowra NSW
(4) South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, Waminda, Nowra NSW
(5) South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, Waminda, Nowra NSW

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