The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) is a regional not-for-profit Community Controlled Health Service (CCHS) that leads the planning, development and delivery of health and family wellbeing services and employment pathways to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of South East Queensland. IUIH delivers a comprehensive range of services in partnership with the four CCHSs of SEQ.
IUIH runs a variety of programs to keep community engaged with services at all stages of life, some programs include Deadly Choices, Deadly Kindies and Birthing in Our Community.
Deadly Choices builds on partnerships with CCHSs to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to complete an annual health check. It aims to empower community to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat healthily and to exercise regularly through its strong brand recognition and connectivity.
Deadly Kindies is modelled on the Deadly Choices program and uses the Deadly Kindy Kit as an incentive to encourage a comprehensive Health Check through local CCHSs and enrolment in kindergarten. The Health Checks are free and will pick up on and address health issues that might negatively impact children before school and disadvantage them once enrolled.
Birthing in our Community has dedicated hubs on the North and South sides of Brisbane for mothers who are birthing an Indigenous baby. Mums involved in the BiOC program benefit from a dedicated Midwife who will care for them during their pregnancy journey and six weeks postnatal. Several other services are also available to help Mums birth their bubs and empower them to build a healthy and strong family. A study on BiOC was recently published in The Lancet and confirmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were 50% less likely to have a premature baby by participating in our BiOC program.
On the 31st of May, all of IUIH’s programs and services will come together on the Deadly Choices Facebook page for a live stream for World No Tobacco Day. Deadly Choices has many events lined up for 2021 including Young Olympic Deadlies, the Junior Murri Carnival and the QUT Netball Carnival.
For more information please visit https://www.iuih.org.au/