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Improving Indigenous Health in Regional Communities



This project was a group based healthy lifestyle intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who attended a residential alcohol and other drug use program in Mount Isa in Queensland and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

The intervention aimed to:

This group based program was believed to be the first healthy lifestyle program developed for people recovering from alcohol and drug use.

The project commenced in 2014 for a twelve month period and was led by Senior Research Fellow, Dr Peter Kelly, from the University of Wollongong.

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, based at the University of Wollongong, provided pilot funding for the program. Additional funds for this project were provided from the Heart Foundation and is a partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Services Association Inc. of Alice Springs (DASA) and the Mount Isa Salvation Army Recovery Services Centre.

Abstract adapted from University of Wollongong


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University of Wollongong
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Last updated: 13 March 2018
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