What is it
As part of site visits, a number of prevention-based programs were identified to be operating in communities, often linked to or supported by the LHD aged health services and/or the ML.
These programs have multiple purposes:
- Primary prevention and healthy ageing
- Risk reduction – through physical strengthening and education on symptoms management
- Social and clinical support for specific chronic conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease)
- Continuity of care and readmission avoidance
Many of these programs were staffed by volunteers or with minimal allied health/nursing support utilising the rehabilitation gym or another accessible space. Some had received local government or Commonwealth funding grants, while others were run as part of service delivery.
- Community space to meet and run the program
- Dedicated volunteers with and employed coordinator
- Referrals and word of mouth.
Models in operation
- Parkinson’s Exercise Groups (Hornsby)
- Falls Prevention (Hornsby, Kyogle, Sutherland)
- Cardiopulmonary Exercise groups (Kyogle, Sutherland)
- Healthy Ageing programs (Wagga Wagga, Kyogle)