In one corner of Sydney, hope rises as the gap closes

It was only when the Tharawal Aboriginal men’s group in Airds started meeting every three weeks at the local Indigenous health service for lunch – with checkups for dessert – that many of its older and very doctor-shy members discovered they were very sick, with heart disease and prostate cancer.

Local elder Eddie Burge discovered his blood pressure was dangerously high when he saw a doctor at the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s Aboriginal Medical Service near Campbelltown.

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