Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Queensland Health has teamed up with Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council to help deliver important personal hygiene messages to local primary school children.

Mr Pitt said the Take Pride in Personal Hygiene program would be officially launched tomorrow (28 July) at Yarrabah State Primary School.

“The program is utilising the national No Germs on Me program resources, which target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children,” he said.

“Pride players will be on hand to explain to young Yarrabah children the importance of good personal hygiene.”

Mr Pitt said more than 180 Prep to Year Three children would be taking part in the program.

“The aim of the program is to educate the children of the importance of stopping germs from entering their bodies through their mouths and making them sick,” he said.

“The children are really excited to meet the Pride players, and learn from them how important it is to look after your body.

“The session will finish with a question time of what they have learnt and to remember the importance of washing their hands, particularly before they eat.

“Also, if the children have little brothers or sisters, they can show them what they have learnt and help them wash their hands.”

Mr Pitt said the program was a pilot project for a coordinated education program addressing personal hygiene in Queensland Indigenous communities.

“This project is an attempt to address this and deliver a coordinated message using locally employed environmental health workers and sport as a universal communicator,” he said.

“More broadly, the project promotes education, the need to be healthy and how personal hygiene can affect the well-being of others.”