Bolton Clarke and Bowls Australia have taken the next step in their successful health promotion relationship, with their first Community Health Expo at Rosebud Beach Community Bowls Club on 13 October.
The free community event, launched by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, showcased community providers of products and services supporting healthy ageing, as well as community partners including Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria and the Stroke Foundation.
Information sessions covered topics including diabetes, skin integrity, bladder health, positive ageing & brain health, Nourishment & Nutrition, Medicines Management, CPR/First Aid & De-fibrillation, Cardiovascular Health, Physiotherapy, Home Monitoring Alarms and more.
Mr Hunt said it was time for Australians to think differently about ageing and maximise the opportunities that came with increasing longevity.
“Events such as this provide an excellent opportunity to inform and educate the local community with important health messages regarding ageing, promote lawn bowls as a healthy friendly activity and promote Bolton Clarke’s continuum of care health services for the ageing population,” he said.
“Bolton Clarke draws on over 200 years of combined experience delivering support that enables their clients to retain or regain their wellbeing and independence as fully as possible – always with the utmost dignity and respect.”
Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple said the expos promised to bring a new level of success to the Bolton Clarke – Bowls Australia partnership.
“Already we have achieved some fantastic outcomes throughout the lifespan of the partnership,” he said.
“Bowls Australia’s Regional Bowls Managers have coordinated many Health & Wellness sessions at bowls clubs right across the country in conjunction with Bolton Clarke, helping to spread important health messages amongst bowlers from many backgrounds.”
Bolton Clarke Executive General Manager Brand and Business Development Dan Woods said bowls clubs were an ideal place to share health information with local communities.
“Our partnership with Bowls Australia, and this initiative, recognises the vital link between sport, community life and good health – both physical and mental health,” he said.
“Bowls is one of Australia’s highest participation sports, with some 630,000 active players, and is represented by a formal club in every municipality.
“Since we started working with Bowls Australia two years ago, almost 9,000 people have attended a ‘Be Healthy’ session, and we know from feedback that not only have people been educated but that they are actively incorporating the knowledge into their lives.
“It has been an immensely rewarding program.”
Bolton Clarke’s Be Healthy and Active team will now work with Bowls Australia to roll out expos in bowls clubs around the country.