Illawarra Aboriginal Men’s Physical Health And Training

Illawarra Aboriginal Men’s Physical Health And Training. (IAMPHAT) ©

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The IAMPHAT program covers all men’s health issues including the prevention and management of chronic disease, and social and emotional wellbeing.  It is delivered by the IKMSG on a weekly basis on Thursdays as an outreach program by Aboriginal Male Health Workers who are available for health observation and referral. The program has a strong focus on exercise, nutrition and healthy cooking. It has attracted an increasing number of participants over the past few years. In the most recent Annual reporting period, 827 health checks were carried out through the program This program covers all men’s health issues as well as exercise, nutrition and healthy cooking sessions. Aboriginal Male Health Workers are available for health observation and referral. Healthy lunch and transport service provided.

The program is delivered utilising an outreach model, whereby a retired nurse attends the premises at Wilga Close each week on a volunteer basis. The nurse utilises specialist medical equipment to conduct weekly health checks of all attendees. Specifically, participants have their weight, sugar levels and blood pressure checked with all results recorded in individualised case files which are filed and stored by IKMSG. A number of examples of these case files were observed by the Review Team.

The nurse works with each participant at the IAMPHAT program to:

  • Help them understand their physical health and the factors that influence and contribute to good health
  • Develop strategies to improve their physical health based on the results
  • Identify necessary referral pathways.

IAMPHAT  runs every Thursday: 10am -2pm