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Bouncing back from adversity

Monday 27 July 2020


Central West Hospital and Health Service has partnered with Central Queensland University to deliver a new online health and wellbeing program for the region.

Central West Health Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care (TRAIC) Project Officer Cameron Dare said the free six-week Bounce Back program would be available from 10 August and run through to 18 September.

“The program has been developed by Central Queensland University and is being delivered to the Central West community as part of our health service’s TRAIC activities,’’ Mr Dare said.

“The aim of the TRAIC program is to support community resilience-building strategies, projects and activities that help develop and promote community networks, build awareness of mental health issues and encourage individuals to seek help if needed.

“The online Bounce Back program is designed to support the mental, physical and social health and wellbeing of participants and fits in well with our TRAIC activities.

“Central West residents have been through a lot in recent months, including drought – which is still ongoing for many – and coping with the current coronavirus pandemic, and they may be feeling challenged and overwhelmed.

“That’s why we are calling this new program Bounce Back.

“Bounce Back offers an opportunity for participants to take some time for themselves and to look after themselves.

“The program consists of three online classes per week for a period of six weeks, with classes including mindfulness and meditation, a group home workout and collaborative cooking.

“In the mindfulness and meditation class – Mindful Monday – participants are taken on a peaceful guided meditation and taught calming techniques they can use in their day-to-day lives.

“The group workout session – Workout Wednesday – includes both cardio and strength training, followed by stretching and a question and answer session where participants can ask the trainer for tips and tricks on working out at home.

“In the collaborative cooking session – Flavour Friday – trained facilitators take participants through the preparation of delicious meals step by step.

“This class is a perfect way to connect with new people from the comfort of your home, while adding a new dish to your cooking repertoire.’’

Mr Dare said all sessions would be delivered via the Zoom web-based videoconferencing and chat application through Central Queensland University’s corporate Zoom account.

“Our aim as a health service is to support the mental health and wellbeing of our communities,’’ he said.

“We do this not just by delivering formal mental health services but also by offering our communities a range of awareness and information activities such as workshops, talks and courses right across our region – such as Bounce Back.

“I encourage Central West residents to take advantage of this program and get involved. They will find it enriching and beneficial.’’

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 30 July 2020