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Publication date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Corrective Services NSW staff and inmates at Broken Hill Correctional Centre underwent a series of health checks as part of the Closing the Gap campaign in early April.
The Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, and local health services tested Aboriginal male and female inmates for high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
The health checkpoints set up around the gaol also included a FibroScan, a non-invasive test to measure liver inflammation and fibrosis. It's used to evaluate the impact of Hepatitis C, the risk of complications and managing the illness.
Inmates received information about maintaining good mental health, managing stress and staying healthy. The group received stress balls, brochures and health foods approved by a local dietician who attended.
The annual health campaign aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Since 2006, Australia's peak health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations have worked together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.