Indigenous Chronic Disease Package

Healthy Lifestyle Workers

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The Australian Government is funding the rollout of a national network of healthy lifestyle workers to reduce the lifestyle risk factors that contribute to preventable chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The healthy lifestyle workers will work to improve nutrition and physical activity for individuals, families and communities. These are non-clinical positions.

To develop the skills and knowledge required, healthy lifestyle workers will receive accredited training through registered training organisations. They will refer people who are at risk of developing a chronic disease to health services for help where necessary. People with established chronic disease will also be referred for help in managing their disease. Healthy lifestyle workers will also work closely with the new tobacco action workers in a team-based approach.

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