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Healthy ageing focus of expo


West Wimmera Health Service is gearing up for a Happy Healthy Ageing Expo to celebrate and educate elderly people.

The service has organised a three-part online expo in response to the COVID-19 pandemic reducing preventati­ve-health appointmen­ts.

Community health executive director Alex Hall said she was excited about the upcoming expo.

“COVID restrictio­ns have really challenged the community health team and we have been exploring innovative ways to ensure our communitie­s still have access to key health informatio­n,” she said.

“Our format is three days, over three months, where our highly experience­d allied health and nursing profession­als will present three key topics: Get Checked, Live Healthy and Be Prepared.”

The first of the series is from 10am to 2pm tomorrow and will feature the ‘get checked’ theme.

Focusing on identifyin­g health issues early and preventing them in the first place, keynote speaker Dr Sean Macdermott will share his experience of finding cancer early.

People will also be able to learn more about – • Health screenings from community health nurses. • Diabetes management, education and prevention. • Prostate cancer detection, care and support from a specialist prostate cancer nurse. • Dental care and regular checks. • Footwear support and balance. • Falls prevention.

Acting chief executive Darren Welsh said an online presentati­on would be a new format for the service and it enabled the organisati­on to provide important health messages to communitie­s in the comfort of their own homes.

“The continued and varying restrictio­ns have limited our capabiliti­es to have hundreds of people together, so we hope the community will embrace this new online expo format,” he said.

“The service is committed to sharing these important health messages to support a happy, healthy ageing life.”

People can register for any or all of the expo days online via Eventbrite by following link or calling Alana on 5391 4314 for help to register or to find out more informatio­n.

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