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In-community Prevention

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:

  1. Primary prevention and healthy ageing
  2. Risk reduction – through physical strengthening and education on symptoms management
  3. Social and clinical support for specific chronic conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease)
  4. Continuity of care and readmission avoidance

Resourcing

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.

Success factors

  • Community space to meet and run the program
  • Dedicated volunteers with and employed coordinator
  • Referrals and word of mouth.

Models in operation

Examples included:

  • Parkinson’s Exercise Groups (Hornsby)
  • Falls Prevention (Hornsby, Kyogle, Sutherland)
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise groups (Kyogle, Sutherland)
  • Healthy Ageing programs (Wagga Wagga, Kyogle)