Centred on good health

Roger Knox and the indigenous choir provided entertainment at the event.
Roger Knox and the indigenous choir provided entertainment at the event. Contributed

A GROUP of Warwick's indigenous elders travelled to the Carbal Medical Centre in Toowoomba for an afternoon tea and to learn about the new health option available to them in Warwick.

Chronic disease care co-ordinator Clare McHugh Von Stieglitz, who works out of the offices on the corner of Fitzroy and Guy Sts, said indigenous people across the Southern Downs would benefit from this new program.

"People who identify as indigenous, have cancer, diabetes, chronic heart, lung or kidney diseases can be referred to us by their GP for a care plan," she said.

"This can include five free allied health appointments such as physio or podiatrist."

Mrs McHugh Von Stieglitz said there were also accommodation and transport options.

Also coming to Warwick is the Strong Fathers Program that aims to promote the important role of fathers, grandfathers and uncles and teach them to be healthy role models for the kids in their lives.

The program is a weekly three-hour session over six weeks.

Participants learn such things as dealing with stress, the role of dads, dealing with anger, enhancing relationships with partners and children and improving confidence.

The Carbal Medical Centre will also run a tackling smoking and healthy lifestyle program which includes how to stop smoking, school programs, healthy cooking and lifestyle choices.

During the meeting Warwick's indigenous choir performed and talent Leroy Brown played the didgeridoo. Local artists also donated pieces for the Toowoomba office.

After the meeting the elders offered suggestions including using the meeting rooms at the Carbal office in Warwick for art group and music groups.

Program contacts

Chronic disease care co-ordination and supplementary services

Contact: Clare McHugh Von Stieglitz: phone: 0408 821 052. Email: cmchugh@carbal.com.

au, or pop into her office on the ground floor, State Government offices, Corner of Fitzroy and Guy, Sts Warwick.

Strong fathers

Contact: Charlie Rowe, phone: 4639 7314. Email:crowe@carbal. com.au

Tackling smoking and healthy lifestyle

Contact: Peter Jackson. Phone: 0418 981 500. Email: pjackson@carbal. com.au

Topics:  carbal medical centre, health, indigenous



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