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Awabakal Medical Service

 

Overview

Awabakal Medical Service is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service based in Hamilton, New South Wales, which aims to deliver primary health care services, advocacy and social and emotional support to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families. Services include the treatment of acute illnesses, emergency care, management of chronic conditions, crisis intervention and referral, as well as a range of population health activities.

Awabakal also provides outreach clinics at:

The Awabakal Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) team partnered with a local company (Ngarrama Productions) who wrote and produced a play called Inhale/Exhale/Breathe. The play has toured the local area and the Hunter Valley visiting high schools. Community performances have also been staged. The play targets young people aged 12-18 years, raising awareness of the negative impacts of smoking and other substance use, and encouraging young people to make positive health decisions. A comic book has also been developed which captures the stories of characters in the play. There are also plans to make these stories available by social media.

Awabakal also run workshops with highschool students to educate them about the health effects of smoking.

Awabakal TIS

Awabakal's TIS School program

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Last updated: 20 June 2017
 
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