Empowering Elders to improve their health and wellbeing
February 01, 2021
A recent program funded by the PHN has empowered Elders living in the Ipswich community to take charge of their health and wellbeing.
Steve Royle, an exercise physiologist for Health Management Solutions Queensland, recently facilitated a special eight-week Healthy Eating and Activity Lifestyle Program (HEAL™) with Elders who regularly attend a Kambu social group to improve their health and wellbeing, and to assist manage their health concerns where nutrition and exercise can have an influence.
Steve is passionate about provide exercise and nutrition sessions to vulnerable communities and the HEAL Program.
In the Darling Downs and West Moreton region, 8 out of 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 50 are likely to be managing a chronic condition.
The average age of the 12 participants in Steve’s recent HEAL Program was 64 years old, with many already managing some sort of chronic condition. The program involved weekly group sessions consisting of one hour of evidenced-based, low to moderate physical activity followed by a one-hour healthy lifestyle education yarning circle.
Steve noticed an immediate uptake in self health management with the Elders as they learnt more about what they can do to improve their current health situation and how they could pass on this knowledge to their family and friends.
The PHN currently funds Steve Royle to deliver the HEAL Program in the Ipswich region which is an eight week group based program for people who currently manage or are at risk of developing a chronic condition. For more information, visit our Interactive Services Map.
The culturally appropriate HEAL Program is just one of the initiatives the PHN supports to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take a proactive approach in their health and wellbeing.