First graduate for PACE
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.