Health Dept withdraws inaccurate Aboriginal health posters

Health Department withdraws one of its Aboriginal health posters after it was revealed to contain embarrassing errors about basic human organs.

 
The poster confuses the stomach with the lungs and incorrectly labels the ovaries as kidneys.

The poster confuses the stomach with the lungs and incorrectly labels the ovaries as kidneys. (Credit: ABC licensed)

The poster, titled Female Human Anatomy, confuses the stomach with the lungs and incorrectly labels the ovaries as kidneys.

It also has an arrow pointing to the intestine, but instead calls it the stomach.

The poster also shows two pancreases.

The poster is part of the Government’s Living Longer program aimed at improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It was taken down from the campaign’s website today.

Opposition Indigenous health spokesman Andrew Laming says the campaign has been “severely undermined” by the errors.

“The lack of any attention to detail in these posters is an insult to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that were the target audience for this material,” Dr Laming said.

“[Indigenous Health] Minister Warren Snowdon needs to immediately recall these inaccurate posters and correct them.”

Mr Snowdon’s office says the Department of Health and Ageing is currently in the process of recalling the inaccurate posters.

“It is unacceptable and shouldn’t have gone out. I’ve asked for all affected posters to be recalled immediately,” Mr Snowdon said in a statement.

This poster was distributed to health workers as part of Labor’s Living Longer campaign.

The program was developed by the Health Department to raise awareness of preventable diseases and promote healthier lifestyles in regional and remote communities