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Menzies Close the Gap Day Charity Breakfast
When: Thursday, 20 March 2014, from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road
Menzies is proud to once again partner with the Rioli Fund for Aboriginal Health and the Darwin Convention Centre for the annual Close the Gap Day Charity Breakfast to support research to improve Aboriginal lives.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live substantially shorter lives than other Australians – on average 12 years less - and experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
All donations on the day will go towards our Indigenous traineeship appeal which supports a young Indigenous Australian to pursue their career in medical and health research.
Discount for whole table bookings apply. For seating preferences please use the 'contact the organiser' tab.
Attendees will be treated to a complete sit down formal breakfast, enjoy cultural performances and have the opportunity to hear from two of Menzies' leading projects dedicated to improving Indigenous health and wellbeing:
The Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study
The Aboriginal Birth Cohort (ABC) Study is the longest and largest prospective cohort study of Aboriginal people in Australia. For the past 26 years researchers have been following the health and wellbeing of over 680 babies from their birth through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.
The ABC study aims to identify early those most at risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular, kidney and mental health and help target intervention strategies at the appropriate age.
The study has been monitoring participants health over the years, at aged 11 years and 18 years. At present the team are actively seeking participants for comprehensive health checks. The participants are now 23-27 years old.
A study to assess the impact of a store-based price reduction intervention in promoting the consumption of fruit, vegetables and low joule soft drinks/water and in reducing the purchase of sweetened soft drinks among residents in 20 remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.
Improvements in health outcomes for Indigenous Australians can be achieved through improvements in diet and there is growing evidence on the potential of price subsidies to support healthy food choices.
MC Charlie King:
Charlie King is a well-known Territorian, as host of ABC Radio’s Territory Grandstand he is well known for his love of all things sport.
Charlie has covered the Sydney, Beijing and London Olympic Games and the Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Manchester Commonwealth Games.
He has won numerous awards including national ABC awards, the National White Ribbon Ambassador of the Year Award for 2009, the Darwin City Council’s NT Person of Year Award and the NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year award.
Charlie’s true passion, however, is working to make change in our communities through respectful relationships and advocating for safe communities. He has developed the No More Campaign which uses sport to engage men to look at solutions to family violence and child abuse, and has recently been appointed Chair of a new Aboriginal Advisory Group in the area of family violence within the Northern Territory Department of Community Services.
Charlie is a Gurindji man and believes that Aboriginal people must have a voice and that local people will be the drivers of change on communities.
Smart casual dress code
Gentlemen: Neat casual slacks, open neck shirt or long-sleeved shirt
Ladies: Slacks or skirt and shirt or dress
Menzies thanks the Darwin Convention Centre for its ongoing support.
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Menzies School of Health Research
Menzies School of Health Research is Australia’s only Medical Research Institute dedicated to improving Indigenous health and wellbeing. We have a 28-year history of scientific discovery and public health achievement. Menzies works at the frontline, partnering with over 60 Indigenous communities across Northern and Central Australia. We collaborate to create resources, grow local skills and find enduringsolutions to problems that matter.