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ECU-based Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet awarded $591,000 contract

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

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The ECU-based Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet was recently awarded a $591,000 contract by the Department of Health and Ageing to research, develop and evaluate resources to address preventable chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

The contract is with the Department’s Indigenous Tobacco and Chronic Disease Section and will address a variety of issues relating to chronic diseases, including nutrition, physical activity, and alcohol and tobacco use. It will also act to support regional teams to tackle smoking and promote healthy lifestyles in Indigenous communities.

ECU’s Professor of Indigenous Health, Neil Thomson is delighted that HealthInfoNet has received this contract.

“The project has synergies with the work we already do, bringing together the evidence base and knowledge on Indigenous health to better inform practice and policy.”

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a free innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making the evidence base readily accessible via the Internet.

It acts as a one-stop info-shop for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and is working on closing the gap in health between Indigenous and other Australians.

The HealthInfoNet receives core funding from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and is based at Kurongkurl Katitjin at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus.

For more information visit HealthInfoNet.

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