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HealthLAB Project



The HealthLAB Project is an interactive and educational travelling health program which measures biomedical risk factors for chronic disease from a mobile laboratory in the Northern Territory (NT). HealthLAB aims to directly engage the public, with a focus on young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to educate people about positive lifestyle choices and taking ownership of health. The project provides a face-to-face experience for participants, with a clinical coordinator and trained staff who can discuss chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, alcohol literacy and smoking. A participant's health is measured against the benchmarks for these diseases using modern technology, and the test results and health implications are explained to the participant in detail.

The program hopes to achieve the following outcomes:

Three sub-programs have been developed as a result of the HealthLAB initiative, that target specific populations to focus on their lifestyle choices and consequences:

A HealthLAB app was developed in May 2017, which allows people to store and monitor results each time they participate in HealthLAB. Please refer to the links below for more information.

HealthLAB is an initiative of Menzies School of Health Research, and is sponsored by Rotary International, Learnmed, EPAC and Power and Water Corporation.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research


Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan
Menzies School of Health Research
John Mathews Building
Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
Rocklands Drive
Causurina NT 0810
Ph: (08) 8946 8580


Last updated: 17 April 2018
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