The Knockout Health Challenge is a community-led healthy lifestyle challenge for Aboriginal people in NSW.

Knockout supports Aboriginal people live a healthy lifestyle, in the ways that matter to them.

The Knockout Health Challenge will support teams to run physical activity and nutrition activities or initiatives in their community. Teams will focus on helping people with chronic disease and other health issues to make healthy changes. These activities could be weekly boot-camp style workouts, cooking classes, walking groups, and education sessions.

The challenge will link services and networks across NSW to support communities to make healthy changes that matter to them.

For more information about the Knockout Health Challenge, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.


The Knockout Health Challenge is a 10-week challenge that supports Aboriginal people in NSW to take charge of their health and wellbeing.

The challenge is a community-led and owned program. Each team has the flexibility to run activities or initiatives that meet their communities' healthy living needs. For example:

  • weekly boot-camp style workouts
  • walking groups
  • group cooking classes
  • nutrition or physical activity education sessions

Teams are made up of members of the community and can include members of all ages.

Each team is led by a team manager. The team manager registers and applies for the challenge on behalf of the whole team. If your application is accepted, NSW Health will work with the team manager to support the team to achieve their plans.

Teams involved in the Knockout Health Challenge may be contacted to take part in a yarning circle. We are running yarning circles to hear your ideas for the future of the program. Joining the yarning circles is voluntary.


The NSW Knockout Health Challenge (KHC) commissioned an Aboriginal artist Dennis Golding to create logo and branding for the program. The logo’s background and meaning are outlined below.


The logo comes from an original art graphic that has been produced for the overall branding style of this concept. The logo is influenced by a cultural element that signifies campsites or meeting places which travel as demonstrated with the swirling lines. Bringing together the three elements will strengthen the themes and values that brings communities together to work, share and learn from each other; and to improve a healthy lifestyle. The colour that have been introduced to this revised logo serves as a reflection of the different lands/ochres within all NSW Aboriginal communities. The lighter tones (yellows) become faded into the darker tones (reds)as a way to depict the depth of ochres between inland and coastal areas. The KHC works closely and engages with Aboriginal communities across NSW to be part of this experience and to support communities to improve better health and well-being. The theme of this concept is working together as a group and achieving greater success from the help and support of communities.



Artwork by Dennis Golding
Dennis was born in Sydney in 1989 and spent most of his childhood living in Redfern Aboriginal Community. Being surrounded by his family, art and culture, Dennis had many art influences including his mother, who first introduced him to painting at the age of four. Working across a broad range of media including painting, installation, sculpture and graphic design, Dennis Golding informs his creative practice based on both his upbringing in an urban environment and his cultural heritage as a Kamilaroi man.

He has received many art and community achievements through his high school years including winning his first major art prize at the age of 17 where his artwork is displayed onto a Sydney Public Transit Bus, which still travels around the CBD today. He also designed the Wests Tigers 2016 and 2017 Indigenous jersey as well as the ARU Wallabies first Indigenous Jersey in 2017.

Currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, Dennis continues to demonstrate his art practice through his studies, private and public commissions, working with Aboriginal youth and in community events.


The artwork illustrated reflects the NSW Knockout Health Challenge; how it collaborates and shares values with other networks to foster greater knowledge, awareness and success of health services for Australian Indigenous communities.

There is strong evidence that being physically active regularly and eating healthy is effective in reducing risk factors for chronic disease, and overweight and obesity.