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7 September 2017

Grant recipients selected to deliver healthy lifestyle programs

Country SA PHN is pleased to announce that five successful applicants for the After Hours Healthy Weight & Lifestyle Grants have been selected and are now ready to commence delivering after hours programs encouraging healthy lifestyle choices across rural South Australia.

CSAPHN is pleased to announce that Northern Health Network is the final successful applicant that has been selected to deliver the ‘Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL)’ program in the Gawler/Barossa, Lower North, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Far West. Flinders & Pt Augusta, Lower Eyre and Upper Eyre regions. Service Delivery will commence in 2018 and the programs will be run until 30th June 2019.

The grants program has been introduced in response to findings that 73.3% of Country SA PHN residents are considered overweight or obese, and that adult overweight and obesity rates are much higher in regional than in metro areas (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016).

The successful organisations, which were selected following a competitive application process, include:

  • Summit Health – delivering the ‘Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL)’ program, an evidence based lifestyle modification program, in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and Murray Mallee regions.
  • RDGP – delivering the ‘Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL)’ program in the Riverland and South-East regions.
  • Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service – delivering the ‘Deadly Choices’ program, an evidence based health education and capacity development course, in Murray Bridge, Raukkan, Victor Harbor and Mannum regions.
  • Angaston Medical Centre – delivering the ‘Better Health Program’, an evidence based program promoting healthy lifestyles, in Angaston and surrounding areas.
  • Nuriootpa Medical Centre – delivering the ‘Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL)’ program in Nuriootpa and surrounding areas.

The programs will commence progressively from now until 31 December and will run until 30 June 2018/19.

“A number of very high-quality applications were received and we appreciate the effort that went into the applications,” said Country SA PHN CEO Kim Hosking.

“Being overweight or obese can have serious negative health consequences, and this is unfortunately a major health concern for regional Australians, particularly those in Country South Australia.”

“Each of the successful applicants will target a different region of Country SA, so together the programs will reach across the PHN.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with each of these organisations to deliver programs that promote healthy lifestyle choices for rural South Australians.”

More information on accessing programs within local regions will be made available as programs become operational between now until 31st December.

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