First grad­u­ate for PACE

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ALPINE Health’s Pul­monary and Car­diac Ex­er­cise and Ed­u­ca­tion (PACE) pro­gram which is be­ing de­liv­ered by lo­cal health­care providers, has been lauded by its first grad­u­ate.

Myrtleford’s Judy Whit­more re­cently com­pleted a num­ber of weekly ses­sions for chronic dis­ease man­age­ment and said she could no­tice the im­prove­ment in her heart and lung health.

“It’s very easy and I re­ally en­joyed it, I would en­cour­age ev­ery­body to take part if they can be­cause they will feel the ben­e­fit of it at the end,” she said.

The PACE Pro­gram of­fers one on one as­sess­ments, ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions, ex­er­cise classes and in­di­vid­ual home based ex­er­cise plans and is con­ducted by and su­per­vised by health pro­fes­sion­als.

Funded by the Mur­ray PHN, a team of Alpine Health staff and pri­vate prac­ti­tion­ers from Equili­bre Health, Kiewa Val­ley Sports and Spinal Phys­io­ther­apy, and Ovens Val­ley Physio and Pi­lates have worked closely to­gether to de­velop the pro­gram based on best prac­tice guide­lines.

Alpine Health mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Na­dine Pep­pler said that the in­no­va­tive and flex­i­ble ser­vice model has al- lowed for pro­gram de­liv­ery in each ma­jor town and en­sured that lo­cal peo­ple could ac­cess health ser­vices lo­cally.

“By achiev­ing lo­cally based ser­vice de­liv­ery we have met a need in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and had more than 80 peo­ple re­ferred to the pro­gram since it was launched in mid-March,” she said.

“As part of the free pro­gram par­tic­i­pants re­ceive per­son­alised ad­vice and sup­port to find more en­joy­ment in day to day ac­tiv­i­ties, to feel more con­fi­dent and to re­cover sooner.”

It is strongly rec­om­mended for those that have heart or lung con­di­tions.

Rates of heart and lung dis­ease in the Alpine Shire are higher than na­tional av­er­ages ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tral- ian Heart Foun­da­tion while chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease is one of top three causes of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion in the area.

To get in­volved with the PACE pro­gram ask your doc­tor about it or con­tact the PACE co­or­di­na­tor Roslyn Bloomer on (03) 5754 3595. t PACE can also be found on the Alpine Health web­site.

BET­TER HEALTH: PACE grad­u­ate Judy Whit­more (cen­tre) with pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Roslyn Bloomer and ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Leeah Cooper of Equili­bre Health.

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