Indigenous Health & Wellbeing with Deadly Choices Ambassador: Steve Renouf

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In this episode of YS Up Governance and Boards Podcast, 3YS Owls Governance Consultants, Ainslie Cunningham and Deb Anderson interview Steve Renouf. Steve is a proud Gunggari and Gubbi Gubbi man and is a rugby league legend having played 212 games for the Broncos, 11 Queensland State of Origin games and 9 International Australian Rugby League tests. We explore with Steve his role as a Deadly Choices Ambassador for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, living with diabetes, his role as the first Ambassador for Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and some rugby league.

“Deadly Choices is celebrating its 10 years this year. So, we're very fortunate that we are still operating the way we were. And Deadly Choices, obviously, was born out of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. When we first came together back in 2009-2010, we had to have a community engagement program for the community. And Ian Lacey and Keiran Lander were two young men at the time, and they're still young, they're a bit younger than me. But we employed them, brought them onboard, and they came up with the original idea.
So, Deadly Choices was born as a school’s program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids, just around healthy lifestyles. So, eating the right thing, drinking plenty of water, and having plenty of sleep, and all that. So, it was reinforcing what would have been taught at school as well. But we specifically target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids within the school.

And then out of that came this idea that ... The boys come up with an idea ... Or the group at the time, it wasn't just the boys. That how about we look at these shirts that we made, the Deadly Choices shirts, you might see them around the place, and why don't we use them in the medical centres to try and incentivise people coming in for a 715 health check? And that's where it was born, and it was so popular, using that concept. And along the way we built partnerships to help with that.
And obviously, the first one being a partnership with the Brisbane Broncos. Because our community love Rugby League, especially up here in the southeast corner. So, having the Broncos come on board, back in 2013, as our first partner in our Deadly Choices program, it just really lifted the profile of what we were trying to do. “
Steve Renouf

Summary of episode
· The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and it’s South East Queensland Members including: ATSICHS Brisbane, Yulu-Barri-Ba: Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health, Kalwun, Kambu: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health and Moreton ATSICHS (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service)
· Living with diabetes, having 5 children all with diabetes and becoming the first ambassador for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association on World Diabetes Day
· Steve’s passion as an Ambassador for Deadly Choices along with some other well known fellow Ambassador’s including: Preston Campbell, Willie Tonga, Brandon Wakeling, Taliqua Clancy, Scott Prince, Petero Civoniceva, Tallisha Harden to name a few
· Playing for the Brisbane Broncos and their support of Deadly Choices
· Launch of the DC Fit program which is a group fitness and exercise program designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are between 16 -25 years of age, to exercise in a culturally-safe and supportive environment, while participating in Fun Indigenous Training (FIT).
· The requirement of a 715 health check, which is designed to support the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients of all ages and acts as an early detection for chronic disease
· The Work it Out (WIO) program which is a culturally responsive, chronic condition self-management program that has been implemented since 2011 across participating Community Controlled Health Services (CCHSs) in South East Queensland.
· Deadly Choices Sistas Program developed by the Wirrpanda Foundation, which engages female role models to empower and enable young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women (between the ages of 12 and 17) to make informed decisions about their personal health and wellbeing, leading to a positive and healthy lifestyle.

About Steve Renouf
Steve is the Deadly Choices Ambassador for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. Steve holds the record for the most tries for the Broncos, with 142 tries. And was named in the Broncos' 10 and 20 year teams, the 25 year Grand Final team, and the Indigenous Team of the Century. He played 212 Broncos games, 11 Queensland State of Origin games, 9 International Australian Rugby League tests, and was part of four Premiership winning teams for the Broncos.
As a Deadly Choices Ambassador, Steve is an inspiration and fantastic role model. While he may no longer play football professionally, he still plays plenty of sport and is always keeping active and eating good food. He is a loving father to his five children and openly talks about his life with diabetes, encouraging everyone to make healthy choices. His favourite meal is garlic prawns cooked on the barbie, and his favourite exercise is going for a walk. You can follow Steve on Twitter, @therealpearl03. And Steve's deadly choice is to eat healthy, keep active, and keep his diabetes under control.

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