What We Do

OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE AN EQUITABLE, HEALTHIER AND SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA

…by delivering unique health & fitness programs and recycled sports equipment to remote and under-serviced communities.

We work with communities, building their capacity to promote healthy lifestyle choices which reduce the risk of lifestyle related disease, build social cohesion and improve mental well-being.

How We Do It

Inspiration

Unique sport, fitness and wellness programs to get communities active and healthy.

Education

using engaging, interactive lessons designed by healthcare professionals to deliver critical health messages on oral, feet, ear and hand hygiene; meningococcal prevention; nutrition and smoking.

Recycling

Distribution of donated recycled sports equipment improving access to the health benefits of exercise.

Partnerships

Collaborating with local communities and strategic partners to increase efficiency and create a sustainable impact.

Where We Do It

We serve remote and under-serviced communities around Australia including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and CALD communities.

Why We Do It

  • Physical inactivity is an important modifiable risk factor for several preventable chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, hypertension and diabetes.
  • Chronic disease shortens lives – Australians lost 14.5million years due to premature death or living with illness in 2011.
    (Australian Burden of Disease Study)
  • 63% of people living in the lowest socioeconomic areas in Australia are not sufficiently physically active.
  • Physical inactivity accounts for 8.2% of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
  • 44% of the coronary heart disease burden and 36% of the diabetes burden are attributable to physical inactivity.
  • Physical inactivity is also related to overweight and obesity, another important risk factor for multiple preventable diseases.
    (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 Report)

Our Programs Aim To

  • Inspire children to stay active and look after their bodies.
  • Increase social capital and improved long term health outcomes through improved participation in sport.
  • Reduce communicable and lifestyle related disease via a holistic approach combining fitness and health education with programs designed by healthcare professionals.
  • Reduce waste through the recycling of sports equipment.
  • Ensure geographical location is not a barrier to accessibility of healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Increase cultural awareness and understanding through fostering relationships between young Australians of diverse backgrounds.
  • Create future leaders through the Fair Game Academy to champion closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Participation in community sports and recreation programs can improve:

  • School retention
  • Attitudes towards learning
  • Social and cognitive skills
  • Physical and mental health and well-being
  • Increased social inclusion and cohesion
  • Increased validation of and connection to culture
  • Crime reduction

Ware & Meredith 2013

Our Values

Fit &
Healthy

Inspiration & Education

Teamwork & Leadership

Sustainability & Recycling

Recognition

For FAIR GAME and it’s founder, Dr John van Bockxmeer

2018 Commonwealth Points of Light Award given by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of exceptional volunteer work establishing the charity Fair Game

2018 Supporting Volunteers Winner – Sport and Recreation Industry Award.

2017 Overall Winner – Regional Achievement & Community Awards given by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development – recognising work tackling health issues in remote Indigenous and refugee communities

2014 West Australian – Young Australian of the Year awarded to Dr John van Bockxmeer

2014 Junior Doctor of the Year awarded by Australian Medical Association to Dr John van Bockxmeer

2014 NAPCAN – Play Your Part Award for work to improve emotional and physical health of children in Regional WA through the Wellness Walkabout yoga program

2013 HESTA Primary Health Care Young Leader Award given to Dr John van Bockxmeer

HELP US, HELP UNDER-SERVICED COMMUNITIES