The seniors sports games were run by Deadly Choices, a health promotion initiative of the IUIH, and consisted of guest speakers, tough competition and people looking to ‘Step up for the Jab’ by getting the COVID vaccine.
The event was part of the IUIH’s ‘I Stepped Up’ campaign, which, led by respected members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, highlights the importance of getting vaccinated.
The IUIH and the Community Controlled Health Services (CCHHS) aim to empower Logan mob who are 12 and over to get the vaccine to protect themself, their family, and the community.
The event occurred seven days before Queensland’s vaccine mandate came into effect on December 17, which bans unvaccinated individuals from entering various facilities and venues.
As it stands, Queensland’s vaccination rate stands at 85.4% fully vaccinated, and 90% vaccinated with the first dose.
Member for Parliament Linus Power, who made a guest appearance on the day, says it was a great state government funded event to help keep Indigenous seniors active and healthy.
“It was a really fantastic, competitive and social event that brought Aboriginal people from across all South East Australia together,” Linus said.
“It was good to share stories but also really key messages of health and fitness for seniors.”
Linus says that the importance of the vaccine was also highlighted as a means of maintaining community health.
“We had speakers from Urban Indigenous health who talked about the importance of vaccinations,” he said.
“The good thing was that the vaccination rate was incredibly high amongst that group.
“Their message was they have done it for their community and are asking everyone to do it for them.”
The Deadly Choices initiative aims to close the gap with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health through empowering individuals to quit smoking, eat healthily and exercise regularly.