Mar 14
Get Healthy Information And Coaching Service Roadshow: Dubbo

Local health workers from across the area will be getting together next week in Bourke and Dubbo to find out more about the NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service.

Presented by Michelle Maxwell, Manager of Get Healthy Service, Office of Preventive Health NSW, the Get Healthy Service Roadshows aim to both increase the awareness of and the number of referrals to the Get Healthy Service.

Karen Lloyd, Health Promotion Officer with Western NSW Local Health District said the Roadshows are a fantastic opportunity to find out firsthand the effectiveness of the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service and how staff can better utilise this service for clients and their local communities.

“The Get Healthy Service aims to reduce the risk of individuals developing chronic diseases. Chronic diseases, in particular cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lower respiratory diseases and lifestyle related cancers, affect many within our communities and account for 46 per cent of preventable deaths within the Western NSW Local Health District,” she said.

Evaluation of the Get Healthy Service showed that participants who completed the 6 month program lost an average 3.9kgs and 5cm off their waist.

“In addition to losing weight, participants also increased their physical activity levels, ate more fruit and vegetables and decreased the amount of sweetened drinks consumed daily. These are encouraging results as we all try to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases within our communities,” she said.

The latest obesity rates released from the National Health Performance Authority show the Western NSW region having 79% of the community overweight and obese. Stephen Mann, Director of Primary Care at Western NSW Medicare Local, says that this service will be a turning point for many.

“This program will give capacity for general practices to refer patients with lifestyle related risk factors for chronic disease to services which can assist them to reduce those risk factors.”

The first health professional roadshow will take place at Bourke on Tuesday March 18, with the Dubbo Roadshow event to occur on Wednesday, March 19.

The Dubbo Roadshow will be held at Lazy River Estate with over 90 health professionals already registered to attend the event. A number of expert speakers will be presenting on obesity in the region, including:

  • Dr Tania Markovic, Director of the Metabolism and Obesity Services (MOS), a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Endocrinology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, University of Sydney
  • Tegan Picone, Dietitian (MOS)
  • Dr Andrew Moreton, local GP and Medical Educator with a special interest in mental health and counselling, and
  • Michelle Maxwell, Manager of Get Healthy Service, Office of Preventive Health NSW

 The Roadshows will cover topics such as the impact of the GHS on health outcomes, how to access and utilise the Get Healthy Service and initiatives for participants who have type 2 diabetes, are Aboriginal or have gestational diabetes. In addition to this, participants will also find out about the Go 4 Fun program on offer for kids aged 7 to 13 years.

The Get Healthy Service Roadshow is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Western NSW Local Health District and the Western NSW and Far West Medicare Locals.

The Get Healthy Coaching and Information Service is a free telephone based service that is ideal for rural residents to access professional information. People can refer themselves by phoning 1300 806 258.

 


MEDIA: For More Information contact:

For Bourke – Clint Gibbs Health Promotion Officer Population Health, Western NSW Local Health District on 02 6841 2287

 

For Dubbo – Karen Lloyd Health Promotion Officer Population Health, Western NSW Local Health District on 02 6841 2288

Anna Barnes Communications Officer, Western NSW Medicare Local on 02 6333 2831

 

For Bathurst – Kerry Smith Health Promotion Officer, Population Health, Western NSW Local Health District on 02 6850 2277

Anna Barnes Communications Officer, Western NSW Medicare Local on 02 6333 2831