Healthy Ageing Partnership's Kerry Roach and Cheryl Harris.
Healthy Ageing Partnership's Kerry Roach and Cheryl Harris.

Wealth of health help has all bases covered

A GROUP of 38 businesses, service providers and organisations is working collaboratively to improve the health of seniors on the Sunshine Coast.

Through regular communication and events the group, named The Healthy Ageing Partnership (HAP), is sharing knowledge about seniors' health issues, available services, events and education sessions.

The aim is to promote and share healthy-ageing initiatives across the region.

Formation of the partnership has been driven by these organisations wanting to work together rather than separately.

HAP president Cheryl Harris said: "The power is in the fact that we are working across a whole range of services.

"We are looking at what is the best thing for the community and that is to provide information that is relevant to their needs and for them to make informed decisions as to what service they require.''

HAP secretary Kerry Roach said many of the members were available to provide education on specific subjects to community groups at community centres, retirement villages or libraries.

Across the group there are experts in financial planning, aged care and My Aged Care, transport services, home visits, legal advisers, elder abuse, respite, healthy living, eyesight and chronic diseases. "The richness of the partnership is the broad scope of services, organisations and private businesses," Ms Roach added. "That richness allows us to share so much information."

Mrs Harris said the partnership's role was to help the community.

"We have to be inclusive," she said.

"People from multicultural backgrounds, people who are seniors, youth, families.

"When we talk about community, it covers everyone."

HAP representatives have also joined the Sunshine Coast Council's Disaster Recovery Social Network.

For more information, email info@healthyageing partnership.com.


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