Dancing for Parkinson’s

The 30-week program aimed to improve the level of balance, mobility and quality of life by 50 per cent for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) within six months. To achieve this, dance training was introduced and 10 people with PD were recruited – four males and six females. The participants undertook 30 weeks of dance classes with the option of continuing. The 60-minute sessions included a warm up consisting of range of movement, strengthening, and stretching. Outcomes measures were tested at baseline, 10, and 30 weeks using the Berg Balance Scale, Six-Minute Walk Tests, Freezing of gait, Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale and PDQ39 Quality of Life.

Seven people consented to participate in the outcome measures and improvements were identified in all at the conclusion of the program which is now ongoing, sustainable, feasible and safe for people with PD.

Integrated care begins with us: Antenatal services and health promotion working together through an embedded capacity building approach to reduce gestational weight gain and smoking during pregnancy

The use of an embedded health promotion model to re-orient maternity services towards prevention to improve the health outcomes of pregnant women and their babies.

The use of the Get Healthy in Pregnancy service (GHiP) was increased and smoking cessation support provided to all pregnant women.

Health Promotion midwives were recruited and supported to embed clinical practices targeting healthy gestational weight gain and smoking cessation at all maternity sites.

Results included: 
• A substantial increase in GHiP referrals between 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years
• Provision of educational support and resources to midwives.

The model resulted in the implementation of sustainable capacity-building strategies at all MNCLHD maternity sites, increased use of gestational weight gain and smoking cessation services during pregnancy and built the capacity of midwives.

Award Recipient: Tresillian 2U: Reaching Families in their Communities

Tresillian 2 U (T2U) – The Early Years Parenting Service is the first mobile specialist child and family health service in Australia, addressing access to these services in communities of lower population density that often struggle to receive specialist help.

The mobile service, delivered from a fit-for-purpose built motor-home, delivers equitable access to level 2 specialist child and family health services for families with children 0-3 years on a rotational schedule. It brings the service to the families within their own communities and breaks down stigma by providing a presence at key local community events. Importantly, the T2U team, including an Aboriginal Health Worker, works in collaboration with local service providers to build relationships through co-location, co-facilitation of groups and the co-design of programs.