Improving health by taking deadly steps together
November 14, 2019
Local Ipswich women, Connie, is learning that taking small steps, together with her community, can have a major impact on overall wellness.
Connie recently completed Deadly Steps Together, a health and wellness program tailored specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with, or at risk of developing, a chronic condition.
Since taking on the program, Connie has already started implementing changes into her everyday life.
“The program’s been really good, it’s made a difference in my life already – especially with healthy eating and exercise – and I have suggested to a few friends and family members that they should think about coming too,” Connie said.
The program works alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, community members, patients and Indigenous health staff with the aim to educate the community about health and exercise, empowering them to build and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
The group environment develops a support network where participants can encourage each other and help each other overcome individual barriers.
“It’s nice to build a rapport with everyone in the group and I look forward to the sessions - it’s great to come here, and also have a good laugh with friends,” Connie said.
Developed by West Moreton Health, participants perform 75 minutes of exercise twice a week. Each session is then followed by a yarning facilitated by an exercise physiologist and Indigenous health workers.
Deadly Steps Program Wins Award
The Deadly Steps program took out the top award in the person-centred care category at the 2019 West Moreton Health Caring Better Together Awards. The award recognises outstanding work in delivering equitable, person-centred care and supporting diverse and vulnerable communities.
The Caring Better Together Awards celebrated the achievements of West Moreton Health staff. West Moreton Hospital and Health Board Chair Michael Willis said the response to the awards was impressive, with staff nominating 182 colleagues across seven categories.
Read more about the Awards here.