DeadlyKidsSA aims to support Aboriginal children to be happy, healthy and strong — by providing a number of different activities to promote the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and their families across South Australia . Our activities include supporting fun and healthy cultural events such as the annual Strong Aboriginal Children’s Health Expo and the provision of 'Get Set, Go!' backpacks through our Aboriginal Children’s Backpack program.
The ‘Get Set, Go’ Aboriginal Children’s Backpack program
The ‘Get Set, Go!’ Aboriginal Children’s backpack program provides a healthy start for Aboriginal children commencing their journey into preschool or primary for the first time.
Our backpacks contain practical items and resources to support healthy behaviours at school and are suitable for 3-6 year olds.
Orders for the 2020 school year will be coordinated with preschools in August and distributed in October 2019. To ensure your preschool is added to the mailing list, please email HealthDeadlyKidsSA@sa.gov.au.
Under 8’s Aboriginal Children’s Ear Health Program
The Under 8’s Aboriginal Ear Health Program aligns with the SA Aboriginal Ear Health Framework and addresses gaps in provision of prioritised referral and management pathways for Aboriginal children living across the Northern and Southern Adelaide Local Health Networks.
The Under 8’s team of Aboriginal Health Practitioners undertake screening of Aboriginal children primarily aged 0-8 years in early childhood centres and primary schools as well as in the clinic setting and community events. Screening is comprehensive and includes, but is not limited to, ear health and hearing, dental and immunisation assessments. Children can then be referred to appropriate services ensuring direct referral pathways into audiology and ENT services at the most appropriate location for families.
If you would like the Under 8’s team to visit your early learning centre or you would like to arrange a screening for your child, please contact HealthDeadlyKidsSA@sa.gov.au who can direct you to your local Aboriginal Health Service.
Resource development and dissemination
We co-design resources with Aboriginal people to provide evidence-based advice around keeping children happy, healthy and strong.
Simple messages for keeping children happy, healthy and strong
- Give them plenty of fruit and vegies
- Get them to drink mainly water
- Move and play with them everyday
- Brush their teeth
- Get them immunised
- Have regular ear, health and developmental checks.
Useful resources to download for families:
- The right start for your little one’s health: Some tips on keeping children healthy (PDF 1.41MB).
- Are Your Kids Ears Sick? infographic (PDF 341KB)
- Deadly Tucker Box infographic (PDF 505KB)
- Deadly Tucker Box healthy alternatives fact sheet (PDF 202KB)
Useful resources to download for early childhood professionals:
- Child development (PDF 677KB)
- Injury prevention (PDF 268KB)
- Ear health (PDF 261KB)
- Healthy eating (PDF 547KB)
- Immunisation (PDF 621KB)
- Oral health (PDF 508KB)
- Physical activity (PDF 481KB)
- Safe sleeping (PDF 479KB)
- Reducing exposure to tobacco smoke (PDF 657KB)
For further information please contact HealthDeadlyKidsSA@sa.gov.au