Over the next 12 months My health for life will work in partnership with the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) and Apunipima Cape York Health Council to deliver the program in the Cape and Torres region. Since the last edition of In the Loop, we are pleased to now share that project workers based at Thursday Island (TCHHS) and Cairns (Apunipima) have been engaged to deliver the program using culturally modified resources in remote indigenous communities. My health for life eligibility criteria has been modified for the duration of the pilot to enable delivery in remote communities with established family or community groups. Program facilitator training, group delivery tools and evaluation tools have also been tailored to community needs.
Facilitator feedback will be gathered at key delivery points as part of the pilot evaluation. The goal is to explore enablers and barriers to participation with a view to building a sustainable lifestyle modification program for delivery in the region.
As of August this year, more than 178,000 Queenslanders have taken part in program health checks while 12,000 people have gone on to enrol in the program. The number of program completers has now passed the 7,000 mark.