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Keeping healthy in our communities



An inspiring and exciting look at how Manjimup Shire is shaping the health and wellbeing of their community.

An inspiring and exciting look at how Manjimup Shire is shaping the health and wellbeing of their community.



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  • The WBWB Initiative is a regional partnership between the Shire of Manjimup, BTG & N. These 3 Shires form the Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils whose role is to promote regional products, lobby on regional issues and help determine Royalties for Regions priority projects for funding. In addition, the alliance was successful in their application for Healthy Communities Initiative funding in 2011. The Shire of Manjimup is the lead shire in the project and is where my role is based.
  • The Australian Government, through the National Partnership agreement on preventative health, provided funding of $71.8 million to the Healthy Communities Initiative to address the rising prevalence of lifestyle related chronic disease. Only Local Government Bodies were eligible to apply for funding – the WB alliance of Councils were one of only 4 Local Govt areas to receive $700,000 of Phase 2 funding (City of Bunbury, City of Geraldton and City of Cockburn). It was obviously fantastic for our small communities to receive such a large amount of funding, but the reasons we were successful in our funding application were not so great – as you will see as we examine the WB population...
  • Majority of the population (around 10,000) is located in the Shire of Manjimup. The number of people over the age of 50 is significantly higher than the state average Its a multicultural community with 22% born overseas In 2011 census, 2% of the population in the Warren Blackwood region (or 344 people) identified themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in origin
  • High levels of Socio economic disadvantage in the community ( SIEFA rates indicate levels of disadvantage are increasing)
  • Above state average levels of overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • The aims of the Project is to reduce the prevalence of overweight obesity and other contributing factors to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes amongst the Warren Blackwood community through participation in healthy lifestyle programs and policy development (to support healthy lifestyles).
  • Acknowledging that local approaches work best, we set up all of our programmes in each of the 7 towns initially. Over time, the programs that worked best with the community needs were sustained.
  • Providing fruit at the Bridgetown Traditional Australia Day Sausage Sizzle
  • Promoting healthy BBQs at community events
  • Fibre in your diet and in your art – Bardi Art event
  • The Well Being Warren Blackwood Food Sensations Programme is a Cooking and Nutrition Course which aims to inspire participants to cook healthy and nutritious meals. Originally set up as a series of 3 workshops per term – but with feedback and trial and error, this evolved to running one stand alone workshop per term. Each workshop consists of 30 minutes of nutrition education followed by a 75 minute cooking and tasting session. We choose menus suitable for people on a budget. The workshops are run by members of the community who have undertaken Food Sensations training (run by Food Bank) to become a FS advisor.
  • The workshops were popular with people with disabilities as they were socially inclusive events. We partnered with agencies like Strive & Enable who sent us referrals to the courses.
  • A major goal is to also increase participant’s awareness of the recommended number of servings per day of fruit and vegetables. Seasonal produce is featured in each term’s workshop
  • Supermarket tours with a dietician were part of some courses
  • Local health professionals trained to deliver
  • Participants must be provided with access to the following training opportunities: Cooking workshops had links to the Food Sensations Programme Calender of events between the 7 towns.
  • Percentage of adult population (2011 census figures) Average losses $3000 to spend on heath and fitness programmes or resources
  • 16% of the adult population participated in the challenge. Small community so using local trainers to run programs meant the community took ownership of the programs. Local Champion took up the cause
  • Reduced her waist circumference by 20% over 12 months....
  • Reduced her BMI by 16% over 12 months

Keeping healthy in our communities Keeping healthy in our communities Presentation Transcript

  • Simmone Van Buerle Healthy Communities Coordinator
  • DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ON PREVENTATIVE HEALTH HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE •Pilot Phase (April 2010 – June 2013) •Phase Two (April 2011 – June 2014) •Phase Three (October 2011 – June 2014)
  • Population characteristics Population 17,000 Ageing demographic Multi-cultural community – 22% born overseas Indigenous population 2%
  • Median personal income ($ per week) Median household income ($ per week) Bridgetown- Greenbushes(S) $467 $883 Manjimup (S) $493 $912 Nannup (S) $459 $821 Western Australia $662 $1,415 Median weekly personal income and the median weekly household income for this region was lower than the WA median.
  • Health Profile High levels of overweight and obesity High prevalence of Type 2 diabetes Top 3 chronic diseases:  Ischaemic heart disease  Cerebrovascular disease  General heart disease
  • Aims of the project Decrease prevalence of overweight and obesity Reduce factors contributing to chronic lifestyle disease Increase participation in healthy lifestyle programs Develop policy
  • Target group Individuals not predominately in the paid workforce:  Unemployed  CALD populations  Retirees  People with a disability – and their carers  Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
  • Target Area
  • What we aimed to achieve...
  • 1. Increase Knowledge of Healthy Eating & Food Preparation
  • Cooking and Nutrition workshops
  • 2. Increase uptake of Exercise Opportunities
  • 6 hours of cycle training at various skill levels to teach bike skills and road safety Small group sizes Local fitness professionals or cycling enthusiasts were trained as AustCycle coaches
  • A fleet of two wheeler and three wheeler bicycles were available for loan. Safety helmets were loaned or given to participants. Tricycles Bicycles
  • Mountain Biking Courses Regional trail hub Munda Biddi Trail Karri Cup in Northcliffe
  • 8 weekly sessions of: •One Hour of Supervised Group Exercise (low to moderate intensity) •One Hour of Lifestyle education.
  • Community Fitness Classes •Term programmes •Introductory classes •Local venues/local trainers •Building sustainability
  • 3. Engage the target group in Gardening Establish community gardens in each of the 7 target towns $10,000 start up funding available Educational goals
  • Educational workshops •Information on sustainable, organic and permaculture practices in gardening •Nutritional cooking on a budget •One pot cooking •Healthy Snacks •Worm Farming •Composting •Recycling
  • 4. Create environments supporting Healthy Lifestyles for the Community Community capacity building Policy Development Infrastructure
  • Training of local staff •Food Sensations (22) •HEAL (9) •AustCycle (11) •Nordic Walking (10)
  • The Shire of Manjimup is committed to promoting the health of its community by providing healthy catering options at Shire community and staff events
  • Marketing methods Traditional recruitment methods: •Flyers •Paid advertisments •Media releases/editorial •Electronic newsletter (monthly) •FACEBOOK •Word of Mouth •GP and Allied Health Referrals •Partnerships with agencies
  • 12 month Wellness Challenge Participants register for a Wellness Passport Collect stamps for completing Healthy Lifestyle Activities BMI and waist circumference measured at 3 monthly intervals
  • Healthiest Town Award Greatest participation rates Losses in Weight and Waist Circumference
  • Healthiest Town Award Healthiest Town: Northcliffe
  • Winner: Waist Circumference Loss 12 months ago: Now:
  • Winner: Decrease in BMI 12 months ago: Now: BMI
  • What next? Maintenance of health benefits through policy development Low income of population group makes a user-pay system difficult Looking for alternative funding sources to continue programmes