Medicines Australia and The Jimmy Little Foundation joined forces in 2009 to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians a wonderful opportunity to grow stronger and live longer.
In a relationship that has grown over the years, funding provided by Medicines Australia for the Thumbs Up! projects has resulted in a nation-wide push of nutrition education in rural and remote communities.
A leader in creating and nurturing positive health outcomes, productivity and economic growth through the availability of appropriate health and well-being resources, Medicines Australia saw the dream of Uncle Jimmy was aligned with its core health objectives – a healthier future for all Indigenous Australians –thus initiating the relationship.
The funding, totalling $1.2m, includes the roll-out of the innovative Thumbs Up! nutrition education program promoting the message Good Health = Long Life and a mobile renal dialysis unit to be built and then operated by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjakt Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation WDNWPT.
This vehicle will be on the road servicing remote communities with vital renal treatment that will allow people to stay in community while receiving life-sustaining dialysis.
The relationship between Medicines Australia and The Jimmy Little Foundation has enabled Jimmy’s healthy lifestyle message to be delivered to more than 30 communities around Australia via our school workshops program and through Thumbs up! signage and shelf talkers in over 60 local community stores.