A very successful partnership between the Federal Government, Keiron Lander and Ian Lacey, called Deadly Choices, has been a part of our communities for a few years now, and it’s not going anywhere.
Last week Keiron and Ian were in town to do some training and up-skilling, but it was about more then that.
“It’s also to understand that we’re all on the same pathway when it comes to what actions we need to do in the community such as educational programs, clinical intergration – so working with the health services to provide health care but also prevention programs, community events sport and recreation.
“It’s all targeted at tackling these smoking rates in these communities,” says Keiron, one of the founders of Deadly Choices.
The Deadly Choices program was established six years ago and is primarily aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and tackling Indigenous smoking.
“We’ve got a strategic framework around tackling not just Indigenous smoking but healthy lifestyle for aboriginal communities, so we have a broader social marketing strategy.
“Now we’re able to come out and connect with our remote, rural and urban settings together, so we’re all actually educating on the same principals, the same content and targeting the same audience,” says Keiron.
It’s not just Charleville who are getting all the attention, Deadly Choices team members work with schools and communities around the South West, including Quilpie, Mitchell and Roma.
“We’re looking at some action plans to target a few events like local sporting and community events.
“Also in April, fingers crossed, it’s in the woodworks that the Brisbane Broncos partnership that we have with Deadly Choices -they’re a bit advocate of indigenous health – hopefully we’ll have something in April with those guys,” says Keiron.
For Keiron and Ian, being a part of Deadly Choices is about promoting positive health, and understanding that the team out west are small and are doing great work.
We look forward to seeing what Deadly Choices brings to our community in the future.