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Healthy Older People

Keeping our older people active, strong and independent 

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Healthy Older People

If you are a GP, allied health professional, community nurse, or any other professional supporting older adults in their health outcomes, the programs we offer may be supportive for a truly holistic healthcare approach.

We offer educational wellbeing programs that assist people to take responsibility for improving their health and wellbeing, increasing social interaction and maintaining independence.

Our focus is on falls prevention and increasing activity of sedentary populations. You can refer your patients to our services through the referral forms provided on this page. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Please note we are now offering both our Stepping On program and Healthy & Active for Life programs on a virtual platform while face to face programs are suspended.

1. Healthy and Active for Life Program

Healthy_and_Active_For_Life_logo-160x72FOR 60+ YEARS WHO WANT TO BE MORE ACTIVE

Healthy & Active is a new program focusing on promoting physical activity and healthy eating with a secondary focus on falls prevention.


This FREE program is for older adults:

  • aged 60 and over
  • inactive but motivated to increase their health & wellbeing

Program details:

  • the program will run once weekly, 2 hours per session for 10 weeks
  • it will include 60 mins of circuit exercises, 15 mins tea break and socialisation and 45 mins facilitated discussion and activities on a healthy diet

Participants will be:

  • provided with detailed instructions on how to do the exercises to continue at home and factsheets on the various nutrition based topics
  • actively referred to the Get Healthy Service and supported to continue with the exercises as part of the coaching for a further 6 months
  • encouraged to join a local community based exercise program

This program is now also available as an online modular learning program with optional phone support.

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2. Stepping On Program

Stepping_On_logo-160x74FOR OVER 65s WHO HAVE HAD, OR ARE AT RISK OF A FALL

Stepping On is a falls prevention program for over 65s. It is designed for those at risk of a fall or who have had a fall in the last year. It is a 7 week education program incorporating specific strength & balance exercises and utilising expert guest speakers on a range of specific topics.

Local health professionals present specific topic areas with the latest evidence/information such as medication, vision and safe footwear. Each session provides time for discussing issues, action planning and includes homework eg. incorporating program learning into daily activities.

Stepping On program is conducted in partnership with 35 government and non-government organisations with the aim of working towards sustainability of the program.

This program is now also available as an online group learning program.

Download referral and registration forms for your eligible clients:

3. Program Training

active_and_healthy_logo-160x72Healthy and Active for Life Program Training

The training is provided for health and/or fitness professionals who would be interested in facilitating a Healthy & Active for Life program.

This will cover:

  • one full day training provided by Ministry of Health
  • all resources are provided to you

Potential facilitators will need to:

  • have experience working with older adults in a group setting
  • have a qualification in fitness or other relevant training Add Healthy and Active for Life logo on this tab

Stepping_On_logo-160x74Stepping On Program Training

The training is provided for health and/or fitness professionals who would be interested in facilitating a Stepping On program.

This will cover:

  • one full day training provided by Ministry of Health
  • a half day of local training provided by WSLHD
  • all resources are provided to you

Potential facilitators will need to:

  • have experience working with older adults in a group setting
  • attend a Stepping On program as a Co Facilitator prior to delivering a Stepping on program

For more information

If you would like to become a Facilitator of one of our programs or would like more information about the training please contact:
Stephen Gammack, Stepping On Coordinator, 02 9840 3603 or 0434 323 098
wslhd-healthyandactive@health.nsw.gov.au

4. Useful Links

Active & healthy website listing activity programs in NSW: