youth Health promotion (deadly choices)

Deadly Choices is a health promotion initiative of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).

It aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily. Deadly Choices also encourages our people to access their local Community Controlled Health Service and complete an annual ‘Health Check’.

Deadly Choices is a social marketing campaign that is made up of

  • Tobacco cessation programs
  • Community events
  • Sport and recreation
  • Education programs
  • Cooking programs
  • Leadership camps
  • Social media.
  • Promote positive healthy choicesAssist young people to enhance understanding of their health and increase their self-management capacity.

Governments have committed to Closing the Gap in Indigenous health, but only our communities can make this happen.

In Aboriginal slang, if something is ‘deadly’ it is great. As such a Deadly Choice is a good choice, and we encourage community to make such choices each day.

This service is provided in Townsville and the surrounding communities of Ingham, Burdekin and Charters Towers.

Click here for a list of our events for 2020

Previous Events that were supported by the Youth Health Promotion team were:


Ferdy's Youth Service

Ferdy’s youth centered wellbeing service provides early intervention to young people misusing alcohol or drugs by taking a holistic approach to their rehabilitation.

A Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for designing, implementing and managing a community outreach program to the youth of Palm Island.

Due to complex social problems within the community, Ferdy’s encourages social inclusion and participation through a range of activities on offer with inclusive ladies and men’s groups to minimize risk and provide a safe environment to embrace change.  


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