WESTERN District Health Service staff attended an event at the Sundial at Lake Hamilton to mark National ‘Close the Gap’ day
The event was held to support staff to increase their knowledge and skills towards improving Aboriginal health.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows Indigenous male life expectancy is 11.5 years lower and female life expectancy is 10 years lower than their non-Indigenous counterparts. The leading causes of death are cardiovascular disease, cancers and death from injury. Diabetes is also a major health concern but it is difficult to know just how many have the disease, as it is believed only half of the indigenous population with diabetes are actually aware they have it.
Aboriginal community member, Tom Day, was the guest speaker at the ‘Close the Gap’ day celebrations. Mr Day conveyed the important history regarding the Gunditjmara people and the association and connection to the Sundial at Lake Hamilton.
Briana Picken, WDHS youth development officer, Briana Picken said it was a fascinating talk.
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