Red Dust is a Health Promotion organisation that delivers innovative health promotion programs in partnership with remote communities. The Healthy Living Program encourages Indigenous youth to learn more about health and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle.
Health is a basic human right and is essential to the social development of Indigenous people in remote communities. Health promotion strategies improve and transform lives and have a sustainable impact on social, economic and environmental conditions. Health promotion is a practical approach to achieving greater equity and closing the gap.
- Between 2004 and 2008, 66% of Indigenous deaths occurred before the age of 65 compared with 20% of non-Indigenous deaths.
- The rate of diabetes in Indigenous children is six times higher than non-Indigenous children.
- In 2010 Indigenous Australians were hospitalised for potentially preventable conditions at five times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians.
- Cardiovascular disease was the most common cause of death for Indigenous people in 2004-2008.
- In 2004-2008, Indigenous people were more than five times more likely to die from kidney disease than were non-Indigenous people.
Red Dust’s unique approach to achieving health outcomes is working. We partner with communities to best target specific local needs – this is not a one size fits all approach. We encourage Indigenous youth to learn more about health by using channels they respond to such as sport, art, music and dance. We improve knowledge and skills of Indigenous youth and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle through the influence of positive role models
Healthy Living Program
Healthy Living is a school based health promotion program delivered through three stages of week-long visits to schools in remote communities. Read More
Red Dust Alcohol Education & Community Liaison Program
This program involves regular (usually weekly) and flexible ‘yarning circle’ style meetings of 1-2 hours within a safe and supportive environment for Aboriginal men and also students in Alice Springs secondary schools. Read More