Paralympics Track Record to Deliver for First Nations People

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disabilities will be encouraged and supported to get more active, through a $130,000 boost from the Australian Government for the Australian Paralympic Committee.

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31 May 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disabilities will be encouraged and supported to get more active, through a $130,000 boost from the Turnbull Government for the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, announced the two-year project today, to help in Closing the Gap in health and wellbeing for First Nations people with disabilities.

“This project is focussed on helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disabilities to reach their full potential,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Among our people, rates of disability can be up to 70 per cent higher than the general population. This program will use sport and physical activity to break down health and social engagement barriers, which can be critical for wellbeing and dignity.”

Minister Wyatt said inactivity associated with disability made Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and certain types of cancer.

The funding, from the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme, will deliver community engagement and awareness events, research, education and online resources.

The project will be delivered in consultation with health, disability, education and sporting organisations that work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“Our goal is to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities to be involved with sport and pursue a healthier lifestyle,” Minister Wyatt said.

“The positive impact physical activity can have on our general wellbeing is well documented and it is crucial we work towards ensuring there is an equal opportunity for all Australians to participate.

“The Australian Paralympic Committee is ideally placed to deliver this program, with its track record of helping Australians with disabilities to get involved in sport.”

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.

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