The main goal of Deadly Choices is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access their local health service and complete an annual ‘Health Check.’
- not just to see the Doctor when they are sick - but
- to visit their health service and access support to prevent or better manage their chronic disease and remain healthy.
Focusing on the biggest contributors to chronic disease – smoking or tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition – is critical to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
With a higher susceptibility to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart, lung and kidney diseases in Indigenous peoples, it’s even more important for community to reduce the potential for and impacts of chronic diseases.
Getting regular health checks is the first step.
A Health Check – or 715 – covers all aspects of health – from measuring blood pressure, and sugar levels to mental and emotional wellbeing. It also helps identify if you need follow ups with our other health providers for example, optometrists, dentists, audiologists or podiatrists (to name just a few).
Having a regular health check means a clinic can build a picture and measure changes in a clients health – helping to prevent chronic disease from become reality, and reducing the impact of chronic disease– by providing ongoing health management and support.
To encourage mob to participate, IUIH, and licensees, provide clients with a free Deadly Choices shirt. These shirts change yearly, with a small variety offered to attract different audiences.