Young Aboriginal children received health checks

By Tara Whitsed

Aboriginal families with young children were given a chance to have health checks and information at Lulla’s Health Day this week.

Celebrating the ninth annual event, Lulla’s Children and Family Centre hosted the event with the support of Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, Greater Shepparton City Council, Communities for Children, Relationships Australia Victoria, Department of Education and Training, FamilyCare, Save the Children, CatholicCare Sandhurst, Centrelink and more.

Communities for Children program co-ordinator Claire Tarelli said about 250 people were expected to attend the event which provided dental and hearing checks, immunisations updates and other health and wellbeing checks by Maternal and Child Health nurses and other health professionals.

‘‘All while enjoying lots of fun activities, including healthy eating stalls, a photo booth and the exciting return of the very popular Transformers,’’ she said.

‘‘The purpose of this valuable annual event is to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal children by taking an early intervention and prevention approach together as a community working together to support families.

‘‘In the past two years, the engagement rates of Aboriginal children in council’s Maternal and Child health services has surpassed the non-indigenous rates, which is a credit to the hard work that is being done to create generational change here in Shepparton.’’