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Case study: 1 Deadly Step

Through strong community engagement, the ‘1 Deadly Step’ program aims to use a culturally appropriate, community-based model to increase awareness of chronic diseases and to promote prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of NSW. The program utilises a rugby league theme to engage local communities to participate in an eight-step process that provides health checks, referrals and follow-ups, where cultural ambassadors are present to promote the importance of looking after our health.

According to Lachlan Wright of The George Institute, Australia “The platform of using a rugby league theme at a health screening event allows people to feel comfortable and encourages community engagement in healthcare.”

The partnership between NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Country Rugby League seeks to address the high prevalence of chronic diseases among NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This research will assess the effectiveness of community engagement on health. The program has been running for several years and is currently managed by the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.