Freeman concerned by poor state of Aboriginal health

By Sarah Price
June 5, 2005
The Sun-Herald

Cathy Freeman has described the state of indigenous health in Australia as "really, really scary" and believes Aboriginal people have to try to turn the problem around.

The former champion athlete, who attended a Koori women's health day in Bankstown yesterday, said:

"I think we should feel a responsibility to ourselves and to our status in this country to change those [health] statistics. Obviously, there are deeper issues involved that have led us to where we are today, but we have to look at what we're able to do today and look
forward to the future.

"It's not just about our health physically but it's about our emotional health as well."

The Bankstown Koori Women's Fun Olympics was the first such event in the area.

It attracted members from the local community and even a group of 12 women from the Wiradjuri people of Narromine in the state's central west. Freeman said she saw herself as a positive role model for promoting health in her community.

"Our health is probably the most important and most precious thing we own," she said.

When asked about reports that she had rekindled her relationship with Australian actor Joel Edgerton, she politely declined to answer. "Ask him," she said.