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$1.2 million in funding available to improve health outcomes in ACT::

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today announced funding of $1.2 million through the ACT Health Promotions Grant Program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.

"Community groups, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies are encouraged to apply for the 2012/13 Community Funding Round which supports projects that focus on healthy eating, physical activity, smoking prevention, reduction or cessation, mental health promotion and responsible consumption of alcohol," the Chief Minister said.

"Applications that target the disadvantaged or groups within the community that are particularly at risk of poor health outcomes are strongly encouraged.

"Groups at risk of poor health include people living with disabilities, mental health consumers and carers, people with a low socio-economic status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

"The ACT Government is committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health so we are encouraging organisations to apply for grants that specifically address the health of this group.

"The funding round aims to build the capacity of organisations to adopt health promotion principles and practices, and deliver a range of health promotion strategies," the Chief Minister said.

Organisations and projects supported in the past include Calvary Hospital's Eco Therapy Mental Health Garden, Diabetes ACT for an Indigenous nutrition project, CIT smoking cessation programs, the Heart Foundation's Walk Canberra web portal, Noah's Ark Yoga for Parents of young children with a disability, and the Royal Life Saving Society's ATSI Aquatic Recreation Program.

Further information, funding guidelines and application forms are available from the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program website, at: www.health.act.gov.au/hpgrants. Applications close Monday 19 December 2011.

23 October 2011