If you are interested in having HealthLAB attend your school, workplace or community, please email us.
Menzies HealthLAB is celebrating 10 years in the Territory!
HealthLAB is a co-designed, educational, interactive, mobile, pop up laboratory where participants can take their own health measures and learn what they mean for their current and future health.
Over its 10 years there have been over 14,000 HealthLAB participants including more than 5000 people from 23 remote towns and communities.
HealthLAB stations include:
- Healthy Heart
- Ultrasound viewing of organs
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Kidneys
- Healthy Babies
- No More Smokes
- Healthy Brain
- The HealthLAB Time Machine
And more! Just ask us.
What we do:
- A school program across the Territory
- A community program across the Territory
- Collaborative HealthLABs with ACCHOs, NGOs, NT Government, and others
- Training including a Digital Badge in Health Communication
- Youth4Youth HealthLABs
- To increase awareness in the community about the health consequences of lifestyle choices made today on their later personal health and the health of their children yet to be born.
- To change behaviours linked to smoking, alcohol, physical activity and nutrition.
- To improve the health and wellbeing of the population and in the long term, to decrease the adult onset of chronic disease and improve the health of the next generation.
Bookings for HealthLAB are available; email us to find out more.
Check out our Facebook page here: @menzieshealthlab
Menzies are currently seeking funding to develop the HealthLAB program into its full vision as a permanent outreach program for all Territorians to access.
Partnering with Menzies’ HealthLAB provides a unique opportunity to align your brand with Australia’s leading Indigenous health institute, a pivotal agency in national efforts to ‘close the gap’.
Why fund us?
We rely on the generous support of our donors, and 100% of each donation goes directly to taking HealthLAB to more people and places around the Territory. You may choose where your donation goes.
Donations are tax deductible.
If you would like to support this project:
Please contact Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan via phone (08) 8946 8580 or email.
Donors and sponsors will be featured in HealthLAB's marketing material, reports, communication with stakeholders, and at HealthLAB events.
For more information contact the team at HealthLAB@menzies.edu.au.
- 17 February – Mackillop Catholic College Palmerston
- 17 March – Darwin High School
- 28 March – Indigenous Allied Health Australia Menzies visit
- 18 April – Michael Long Leadership and Learning Centre: Wooliana students
- 27 April – Ramingining School Health and Careers Expo
- 31 May – World No Tobacco Day: Galiwin’ku
- 2 June – Darwin High School Health Expo
- 13 June – Wadeye HealthLAB Women’s Community Health Day
- 14 June – Wadeye Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic College careers expo
- 9 August – National Stroke Week – Palmerston Shopping Centre
- 11 August – National Science Week – St Francis Xavier School – Nauiyu, Daly River
- 15 August – National Science Week – Palmerston Library
- 18 August – National Science Week – Xavier Catholic College Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island
- 30 May – Tiwi Futures Expo
- 12 August – National Science Week - Palmerston Library
- 17 August – National Science Week – Dhupuma Barker School
- 18 August – National Science Week – Nhulunbuy High School
- 19 August – National Science Week – Yirrkala School
- 28 August – National Science Week – Charles Darwin University Open Day
- 31 August – Bidjipidji Program
- 7 September – Borroloola School Family Fun Day
- 23 September – Darwin Middle School Health Expo
- 17 October – Belyuen School
- 27 October – St Francis Xavier School Daly River
- 25 February - Darwin High School
- 26 February - O'Loughlin Catholic College
- 2 March - SEDA College
- 30 March - Casuarina Senior College, Stars Foundation students visit Menzies
- 28-30 April - Tennant Creek, Mungkarta and Ali Curung
- 4-5 May - Ti Tree
- 24-26 May - Borroloola and Robinson River
- 4 June - Darwin High School - Healthy Living Expo
- 11-13 June - Barunga Festival
- 12 August - National Science Week - Xavier College in Tiwi Islands
- 17 August - National Science Week - Ramingining School - Postponed due to the Greater Darwin region lockdown
- 19 August - National Science Week – Parliament House - Cancelled due to the Greater Darwin region lockdown
- 21 August - National Science Week - Essington School Twilight Fete - Event postponed
- 27 August- Ludmilla Primary School
- 31 August- Charles Darwin University Bidjipidji Program
- 13 September SEDA Netball Event - CDU Netball Stadium
- 6 October- Charles Darwin University Aspire Program visit Menzies
- 22 October- Michael Long Leadership and Learning Centre – Groote Eylandt
- 28 October- Robinson River School
- 3 November- Remote Sports Academy
- 3 November- Michael Long Leadership and Learning Centre- Gunbalanya
- 17-19 November- Groote Eylandt
- 24 November- Michael Long Leadership and Learning Centre- Elliott
- 12 February - Darwin High School
- 3-4 March - Marrara Christian College
- 11 March - Borroloola
- 16-17 September - Tennant Creek
- 6 October - TIO Stadium, Darwin
- 3 November - Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
- 10 November (NAIDOC week) - Borroloola High, Middle and Primary School
- 19 November - Forwaard, Men's Day
- 2 December - Katherine year 7 Clontarf Academy students visiting HealthLAB and touring Menzies facilities
- 13 February - Darwin High School
- 5 April- Darwin High School
- 1 May- Casuarina Nurses Community Centre
- 20 May - Pints of Science
- 31 May - Darwin High School Health Expo
- 7-9 June - Barunga Festival
- 13 June - Casuarina Secondary College Menzies Student Visit
- 18 June - Lowitja Conference
- 13 August - National Science Week: Milingimbi
- 15 August - National Science Week: Parliament House
- 18 August - National Science Week: Charles Darwin University
- 28 August - Casuarina Nurses Community Centre Evaluations
- 30 September – Youth Summit
- 21 October – Borroloola Indi Kindi
- 22 October – Borroloola School
- 22 October – Borroloola John Moriarty Foundation soccer
- 4 November – NACCHO youth conference
- 5 November – NACCHO conference
- 27 November – Robinson River under 5 HealthLAB
- 27 November - Robinson River School
- March 1 | NT School of Distance Education
- March 9 | Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC)
- March 15 | Maningrida - Closing the Gap Day
- March 16 | Menzies Closing the Gap Day
- March 18 | Tiwi Islands Grand Final
- April 17 | Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC)
- April 22 | Youth Week wrap up at the Darwin Waterfront from 3pm to 6pm
May 11 | Marrara Christian College
May 18 | Darwin High School Expo
May 18 | Alice Springs Shops
May 19 | Yuendumu Women’s Centre
May 20 | Bush Football Alice Springs
May 25 | NTSDE Northern Territory School Of Distance Education
June 1 | MLLLC
June 8-10 | Barunga Festival
June 19 | MLLLC
June 29 | Batchelor College
August 3-5 | Garma Festival
August 10 | National Science Week: Xavier College Tiwi Islands
August 14 | National Science Week: Parliament House, Darwin
August 16 | National Science Week: Nhulunbuy High School
August 17 | National Science Week: Nhulunbuy Shops
September 4 | Palmerston Gateway Shopping Centre
September 7 | Palmerston College Special Education Unit
September 8 | Indigenous Tennis Gala Day
September 13 | Ramingining Health Day
Septeber 19 | Parliament House Canberra - Facing North business Mission
November 16 | Flinders University - Charles Darwin University Campus - Medical Students
December 7 | Dripstone Middle School
- August 11 | Xavier College Wurruminyanga as part of National Science Week
- August 15 | Parliament House as part of National Science Week, 9am - 1pm. Open to the public.
- August 16 | Bowali Visitors Centre Kakadu as part of National Science Week, 12pm - 4pm. Open to the public.
- August 18 | Gunbalanya School as part of National Science Week
- September 15 | Ramingining School
- Dripstone Middle School
- Casuarina Senior College
- Taminmin High School Sports Academy
- MLLLC Elcho Island students
- Midnight Basketball, Darwin Basketball Association
- Taminmin High School Sports Academy
- MLLLC Groote Eylandt students
- Taminmin High School Sports Academy
- MLLLC Borroloola students
- Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC) - Wadeye students
- Casuarina Community Health Clinic
- National Science Week tour: Batchelor Institute (Batchelor), Bitter Springs National Park (Mataranka), Katherine Shopping Centre (Katherine), and Xavier College (Bathurst Island) Essington Senior School
- Garma Festival
- Nightcliff Middle School Health Fiesta
- Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC)
- Casuarina Police Station
- Darwin High school
- MLLLC | Maningrida Boys
- Darwin Police Station
- Nightcliff Middle school
- Casuarina Senior school Health expo
- MLLLC | Gove Boys
- May Arnhem Land Trip visiting Galliwin’ku- Shepherdson College, Milingimbi School and Ramingining School
- MLLLC | Borroloola Boys
- Rotary Ladies Long Lunch fundraiser
- Darwin High school Health Expo
NEW TO HEALTHLAB! The Time Machine
See how you will age if you smoke, have excessive alcohol, an unhealthy diet, or if you choose to live a healthy lifestyle. You can choose your future!
The Time Machine is a tablet based tool accessible through HealthLAB pop ups. For bookings and more information email HealthLAB@menzies.edu.au
SMALL acts of charity and an AFL legend from the Territory have played a crucial role in raising $300,000 for five new traineeships at a cutting-edge research centre in Darwin.
NITV - Ever wondered how you'll look at 60? What if you're a smoker? This new app will show you the difference.
The Menzies School of Health Research has launched a new app using facial remodelling technology to illustrate the long-term impact of unhealthy lifestyle choices for young people.
IBM and Menzies School of Health Research today launched a 'HealthLAB Time Machine' app hosted on IBM Cloud.
University of Adelaide student Zoe Fitzpatrick is creating an informational video in Indigenous language Garrwa and English to promote the use of both Aboriginal and Western medicinal practices.
The Menzies School of Health Research’s free, fun and informative HealthLAB sessions began on Wednesday evening at YouthLinx where they joined forces with the John Moriarty Football program.
Zoe Fitzpatrick is talented member of Menzies HealthLab, she helps to deliver health education programs to remote communities.
Pop-up labs have been transformed to encourage healthy lifestyles and teach communities about how to stay healthy during lock-down and beyond. HealthLAB, a Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) initiative, is a pop-up lab where you can have an...
A/Prof Heidi Smith-Vaughan, leads a mobile educational training service team in Darwin called Healthlab. She says while coronavirus has restricted travel, social media has opened up access to communities.
Report on National Science Week HealthLAB visit to Milingimbi
Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) HealthLAB will be in Milingimbi as part of National Science Week.
CDU Open Day |Elite athletes from Territory Thunder will visit the Menzies School of Health Research’s mobile HealthLAB
Charles Darwin University E-news | Issue 2 Monday, 01 April 2019
$6.57 million in extensive and exciting programs to tackle chronically high levels of Type 2 diabetes, and boost health and wellbeing through sport among Top End and Central Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
Find out what's new with the Menzies HealthLAB team and about upcoming events.
Australian Geographic July - August 2018 promotes HealthLAB National Science Week event at NT Parliament House.
Festival goers will also get the chance to find out more about the importance of good health and nutrition at the Menzies School of Health Research mobile HealthLAB during the Festival.
Heart Foundation partnership with HealthLAB - NT News report
People living in remote NT communities will benefit from an expanded health education offering through a partnership between Menzies and the Heart Foundation.
The Jabiru community is reminded that the Menzies HealthLAB will be at the Bowali Visitor Centre on Wednesday, August 16 as part of National Science Week 2017.
HealthLAB in Parliament House for Science Week pollies health checks, NT Thunder captain Shannon Rioli calls on the general public to come along.
An interactive mobile health laboratory will tour the Top End between 11 and 18 August as part of National Science Week.
The Menzies HealthLAB will be at the Bowali Visitor Centre on Wednesday, August 16 as part of National Science Week 2017. Using the latest technology to measure participants’ health and inform them about the impacts of smoking, alcohol misuse and diet, which can increase the risk of diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Darwin Convention Centre - The 2017 Darwin Ladies Long Lunch will continue the strong health message promoted by the Menzies School of Health, while raising valuable funds to continue this work in our community.
Darwin Sun | The Menzies School of Health and Research runs HealthLAB, a free initiative that visits public spaces and schools around the NT
In August 2017, HealthLAB is planning to travel from the Tiwi Islands in the Arafura Sea across to west Arnhem Land.
Northern Territory’s transmission and distribution company is helping educate locals about positive lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing a chronic disease.
An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities this week as part of National Science Week.
An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory (NT) communities between 15 and 20 August as part of National Science Week, to spark people’s interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people’s future health.
Halkitis Bros. invited the Menzies School of Health Research, HealthLAB to visit our concrete plant in June 2015. Personnel from four divisions participated in face-to-face interactions with clinical co-ordinators and trained staff.
The Health Lab teaches Aboriginal children how to look after their health also look at ways to prevent chronic disease in Aboriginal communities through out the Northern Territory. Dietitian Claire Georga from the Menzies School of Health Researchers works with the kids to promote healthy living allowing them to test their heath to give them a better understanding of what is good for the body and what isn’t.
IN a busy classroom on the Tiwi Islands, teacher's aide Stan blows into a breathalyser measuring carbon dioxide from smoke in the body, almost sending himself off the classroom scale. His students dissolve into laughter.WHEN asked, he sheepishly admits to smoking. "You play footy? You'll run faster if you quit," says a researcher from the Heart Foundation.
HealthLAB would like to thank our supporters:
- Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
- Northern Territory Government - Department of Health
- Bridging the Gap Foundation
- The Rotary Club of Darwin as our founding sponsors
- National Science Week, An Australian Government Initiative | Inspiring Australia
- Local community supporters and donors.
For more information contact the Menzies HealthLAB via email