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Broome Aboriginal Medical Service to pilot kids club program

Cain AndrewsBroome Advertiser
The team at BRAMS.
Camera IconThe team at BRAMS. Credit: Carly Laden/Broome Advertiser

Broome Aboriginal Medical Service has received more than $235,000 in government funding to deliver a new Kids Club program which will aim to instil healthy habits in Broome’s youth.

Addressing unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity and poor mental and oral health in kids aged up to 16 years, the program will engage with up to 3000 Aboriginal children and their families living in and around Broome, aiming to instil lifelong habits and promote the importance of regular health check-ups and vaccinations.

Recognising the urgent need to address health outcomes for young people, BRAMS, in collaboration with the community, identified the requirement for a community-based, early intervention, and prevention program.

Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the program would continue BRAMS’ work over the past 40 years to deliver positive health outcomes in and around Broome.

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“The program aims to build healthier and stronger Aboriginal communities by providing Aboriginal children a health education program that is fun and engaging,” she said.

The “Kids Club” will use birthday presents, school holiday family activities, prizes, and culturally appropriate mascots to encourage children and their families to get annual health checks and engage in a healthier lifestyle.

A youth committee of young Aboriginal people will also be developed to support project co-design and provide guidance on health strategies for young Aboriginal people.

“BRAMS has strong community relationships that will support the Kids Club program and oversee its success,” Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said.

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