Our People to Live Stronger & Longer

Representing Your Health Your Future at the Aunty Jeans Koori Mini Olympics

The Aunty Jeans Program was originally founded by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Aboriginal Chronic Care Unit, in memory of a well-respected local elder who was passionate about Aboriginal health, advocacy and culture.

The Aunty Jeans Program is a community orientated program to support Aboriginal people with/or at risk of chronic illness. The Program combines health promotion and health assessments, information and education, exercise sessions, healthy eating and fun activities.

Above from left (Illawarra) to right (Mungab) 

Above from left (Eden) to right (Eurobodalla)

The Aunty Jeans Program has spread far and wide across NSW. Every year the Program organisers bring together teams to compete in the Aunty Jeans Koori Olympics. This year teams from all around NSW faced off in games such as Kee’an (an Aboriginal throwing game traditionally using an animal bone), quoits, bullseye, frisbee, javelin and ten pin bowling.

In 2019 Aunty Jeans Koori Mini Olympics celebrated its 15th birthday and to mark the occasion organisers brought the event back to home soil. The event had an estimated attendance of 150 participants.

Above from left (NC Winnera) to right (Nowra)

Above from left (Yass Yar Crew) to right (Ulladulla)

Unfortunately, AH&MRC were not able to attend the Aunty Jeans Koori Mini Olympics that took place on Wednesday 23rd of October 2019, but we were there in spirit and are so glad that we were able to provide the participants with Your Health Your Future merchandise.

AH&MRC would like to extend our congratulations to the Coordinators of the event – ‘The Aboriginal Chronic Care Unit’, the participating teams; Illawarra flame tree, Eurobodalla diamonds, Yass Yarr crew, Mungabareena (Wodonga) Aunty Jeans, Eden Aunty Jeans, Ulladulla Aunty Jeans, Nowra Aunty Jeans and of course the 2019 winning team – Central Coast Aunty Jeans.

Authors – AH&MRC Public Health Team