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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Youth Health Summit to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to thrive

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The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) will bring together 300 young people for a Youth Health Summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 12 September.

The Summit will be a powerful day of sharing and learning, covering topics such as exercise; healthy relationships; mental health; nutrition; LGBTQI needs; support networks; and chronic disease.

“We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are overrepresented in youth justice, and alcohol and other drugs are at harmful levels of use,” said QAIHC Chief Executive Officer, Neil Willmett.

“Childhood obesity, rheumatic heart disease, social and emotional distress, and trauma are also present at high rates, and we need to do something about it.

“We need to monitor the health of our young people and support them to thrive – physically and mentally.”

Delegates will hear inspirational stories from speakers such as:

  • Jack Wilson, Deadly Ninja Warrior
  • Elsie Seriat OAM, Marathon Runner
  • Arthur Little, former professional rugby union and league player
  • Bryce Taylor, Founder of Mental Independence Negates Damage.

This Summit will help shape QAIHC’s Youth Health Strategy 2019-2022, which will support Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations.

QAIHC is a peak organisation that is focused on strengthening the capability and capacity of our membership and improving the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Established in 1990, QAIHC is a vital player in ensuring that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective is embedded into health service delivery.

Find out more about the Youth Health Summit here.