There are significant differences in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in Queensland and the rest of the population. A lot of this can be addressed by changing three key lifestyle factors: smoking, nutrition and physical activity.

From 2017 to 2019, the B.strong Brief Intervention Training Program will give Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and community workforce knowledge, skills and tools to provide brief interventions to promote healthy changes to their clients. Training will be provided across Queensland in all Hospital and Health Service areas.

The B.strong Training Program will also be provided to staff working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in non-health settings such as schools and correctional facilities. Training will be made available to all staff working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in the government and non-government health and community sectors.

B.strong is delivered by Menzies School of Health Research and proudly sponsored by Queensland Health.

The objectives of B.strong are to:

Combining brief interventions for multiple risk factors can improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders by providing a clinical framework to guide screening and intervention. B.strong aims to:

  1. Increase practitioner access to brief intervention training
  2. Deliver more brief intervention services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in primary and community care settings
  3. Assess and refer more clients to early intervention programs and services
  4. Improve understanding and awareness of key risk factors for chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the longer term. 
B.strong delivery:

B.strong provides culturally appropriate training and resource material. It includes a one-day face-to-face workshop, six online modules and practitioner and client resource kits.

The program is based on the SmokeCheck Brief Intervention Training Program and the Lifestyle Program (nutrition and physical activity) previously delivered by Queensland Health. 

Further information:

For further information on this program, visit the B.strong website www.bstrong.org.au please contact the B.strong team by email or by phone at (07) 3169 4208.

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