Rural Health Initiative


PROGRAM OF EVENTS 2018

Albury Show: 2-3 November 2018
Albury Workshop: 5 November 2018
Henty Field Days: 18-20 September 2018
Mid-North Coast (Macksville): 1-3 September 2018
Parkes Show: 28-29 August 2018
Bathurst Seminar: 12 July 2018

To download the PDF flyer for the series, click here AONSW – Rural Health Initiative – 2018 Program

Enquiries: Ring us on 02 9857 3300 or email us at info@arthritisnsw.org.au

BACKGROUND: THE NEED FOR SUPPORT IN RURAL NSW

For over 50 years, Arthritis & Osteoporosis (AONSW) has been helping people to manage their condition to get the most out of their lives. Our programs help people to better understand their conditions, relieve their pain, improve their range of movement and enjoy greater overall health.

Sadly, national health trends indicate that more and more Australians are developing this debilitating disease. Research tells us that one in four people across all stages of life are now affected by arthritis, impacting their livelihood and personal lives.

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of health services in rural NSW. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, people in remote and rural areas have a significantly reduced life expectancy and poorer outcomes on leading indicators of health as a result of the scarcity of health services. To date, AONSW has tried to address this through our Arthritis Infoline, webinars and digital information sheets downloadable from our website. AONSW has long sought to service all people living with arthritis in NSW equitably, however has historically been obstructed in this endeavour by the challenges of geography and resources.

Through the generosity of donors to our Christmas 2017 Rural Health Appeal – plus a grant from Community Underwriting – we raised $24,000 specifically for our 2018 Rural Health Initiative. These funds have been used to develop a rural health education program, to be delivered at rural centres across NSW. It is hoped that these events will also give people the opportunity to create networks for ongoing local support.

OVERVIEW OF THE 2018 RURAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

To accommodate for unique landscapes and resources in rural NSW, AONSW delivered the Rural Health Initiative in a variety of ways across each targeted community. This included a presence at rural agricultural shows and field days, targeted presentations to local groups and partnerships with the community to hold larger workshops.

In 2018, the program was run within the central west, Riverina and the mid-north coast regions of NSW from July through to November.

Education delivery ranged from the distribution of simple booklets and information sheets on arthritic conditions and its management, to group-based education presentations, physical demonstrations and forums.

The education sessions were co-run with local community organisations tailored to suit each individual event, all fitting the overall theme: LIVING WELL WITH ARTHRITIS. The program covered:

> Arthritis Management
> Pain Management
> Exercising with Arthritis, and
> Nutrition.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS 2018

Bathurst Event: 12 July 2018

  • Venue: Bathurst RSL Club, 114 Rankin Street Bathurst
  • Co-presenters: Central West Women’s Health Centre, Erica Pitman, ‘Living Well with Chronic Illness’.
  • The AONSW presentation focused on the benefits of exercise and nutrition in managing arthritis.

Parkes Show: 28-29 August 2018

  • Venue: Parkes Showground, Victoria Street, Parkes
  • Basic arthritis screening, condition and self-management information, and the chance to chat with our health professionals about arthritis and ways to manage it to get the most out of life.
  • An additional education session was delivered on 28 August at the Assembly of God Hall.
    • The AONSW presentation on Living Well with Arthritis was complemented with a presentation by local physiotherapist Jess Faye on the benefits of exercise with tips to minimise pain whilst maximising effectiveness.
    • The event incorporated the AONSW Parkes Support Group Meeting

Mid North Coast Events: 1-3 September 2018

  • AONSW activity 1-2 September
    • AONSW hosted the Rusty Joints Stand at the Rusty Iron Rally as part of the Health Hut operated by the Macksville Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Education covered a basic arthritis screening, condition and self-management information, and the chance to chat about arthritis and the ways of managing it to get the most out of life.
  • A follow-on FORUM was held on 3 September 2018 at the Macksville Ex-Services Club. The forum – held in collaboration with Nambucca Valley Care Ltd– addressed pre-identified concerns and queries of the local community. AONSW facilitated a panelled discussion, drawing on a broad representation of expertise from the physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and exercise physiology fields, as well as consumer representation.

Henty Machinery Field Days: 18-20 September 2018

  • Venue: Henty Showground
  • The AONSW stand in the Country Lifestyle Pavillion provided a basic arthritis screening, condition and self-management information, and the chance to chat about arthritis and ways to manage it to get the most out of life.

Albury Show: 2-3 November 2018

  • Venue: Albury Showground, Fallon Street, North Albury
  • The AONSW stand provided a basic arthritis screening, condition and self-management information, and the chance to chat about arthritis and ways to manage it to get the most out of life.

Workshop – Living Well with Arthritis: Albury, 5 November 2018

  • Venue: Commercial Club, 618 Dean Street ALBURY 2640
  • Presentations:
    • Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW: Exercise and Nutrition for Arthritis
    • Murray Primary Health Network: My Health Record

FOR INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE RURAL HEALTH INITIATIVE EVENTS,
PLEASE CALL US ON 02 9857 3300 OR EMAIL US AT INFO@ARTHRITISNSW.ORG.AU

To donate to the Rural Health Appeal for the 2019 program, click here

 

We acknowledge the generous grant of $4,000 by Community Underwriting towards our 2018 Rural Health Initiative.