Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Country Liberals are investing $7.7 million in youth health and sport programs to help tackle youth health and wellbeing across the Northern Territory.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion said the Coalition Government is investing $2.7 million into the National Indigenous Preventive Health and Educational Program (NIPHEP), a new partnership between Menzies School of Health Research and John Moriarty Football.
“The partnership will use the Menzies HealthLAB program, to engage with young people in remote communities to measure and better understand risk factors for chronic diseases in a ‘pop-up’ mobile laboratory.
“This project will help young people aged between five and 16, in making better choices, and I am pleased to see that this program has a strong track record, encouraging regular school attendance, healthier lifestyles through better nutrition and more physical activity,” Senator Scullion said.
The program will be implemented in six remote communities.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the CLP was also providing $3.87 million to Menzies, in partnership with health services, professional and consumer organisations, to work closely with communities and families to develop age-appropriate and culturally relevant programs for young people with Type 2 diabetes.
“Our young children aged between 10 and 14 have significantly higher rates of Type 2 diabetes and are more likely to be hospitalised than non-Indigenous Australians because of this condition,” Ms Price said.
Researchers will work with groups in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Central Australia, the Kimberley and Far North Queensland to develop improved models of care.
Ms Price said Red Dust Role Models will grow its innovative, youth-focussed health and wellbeing programs in Central Australia, with a $1.2 million investment from the CLP.
“This funding will allow Red Dust to provide additional mental health and suicide prevention supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Central Australia,” Ms Price said.
The organisation has been working in the field for around 20 years and currently provides services to children and young people in Alice Springs and eight remote communities.
These programs are founded on four key goals: improving health, realising identity, pursuing aspirations, and building cross-cultural competency.
Rates of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people aged 5 to 17 years are five times higher than other Australians of the same age.
“The rates of suicide amongst Aboriginal youth are a national crisis and I am proud that the CLP is backing programs like this to help turn this around.
“The health and welfare of aboriginal children is of utmost importance if we are to have healthy adults and all children deserve the same opportunities,” Ms Price said.