This Friday, thousands are expected to pack the CBUS stadium on the Gold Coast for the NRL All Stars game. The men and women from the Indigenous All Stars teams are proudly spreading the Deadly Choices message, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
Deadly Choices is proudly sponsoring the Women's Indigenous All Stars team at the game on Friday 13 February.
On Tuesday 10 February, players from both sides of the men’s and women’s team will travel to 5 schools where the Deadly Choices School Education Program is delivered, and 2 Aboriginal Medical Centres on the Gold Coast (Kalwun’s Miami and new Bilinga clinic) to spread the Deadly Choices message.
The Deadly Choices School education program teaches children the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle. The Kalwun and Bilinga clinics are 2 of 16 community controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services operating in South East Queensland.
Kalwun Executive Officer Kieran Chilcott thanked all the All Star players saying “the All Stars event is a great opportunity to encourage our mob to get into our clinics and take control of their health. We’re sending the message that you don’t have to be sick to come into one of our clinics.”
Limited edition Indigenous All Stars, Deadly Choices jerseys are now available to clients of Aboriginal Medical Centres who complete a 715 health check – with this special edition currently only available at Kalwun’s Oxenford, Miami and Bilinga Clinics.
“Prevention over cure is what we aim to instil in our mob. It’s not just about getting people in and out the door, our health checks ensure we leave no gaps and address all primary health issues” said Kieran.
Deadly Choices program manager Ian Lacey says “Our Deadly Choices jerseys are given as incentives for health checks and have been a huge success on the Gold Coast and right across South East Queensland. Rugby League plays a significant role in delivering strong long-lasting messages to young people.”
Since the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health introduced the Deadly Choices initiative in 2009 there have been more than 4000 health checks in the Gold Coast region alone, a total increase of 1100%.
Media are encouraged to contact Karina.Hogan@iuih.org.au to attend Tuesday’s school and clinic visits with NRL All Star players. More information about deadly choices is available at www.iuih.org.au.
The All Stars game will take place on Friday, February 13 at CBUS Super Stadium. Tickets are still available from Ticketek.
Photo credit: Condy Canuto
Photo Caption: Indigenous All Star Jonathon Thurston with Deadly Choices team members Chelsea, Solomon, and Nardia in the limited edition Deadly Choices Indigenous All Stars jersey.