Celebrating 30 years of Health Focus

MILESTONE: The Health Focus Staff held a small celebration and enjoyed being back together after some time apart.

MILESTONE: The Health Focus Staff held a small celebration and enjoyed being back together after some time apart.

Port Augusta City Council's Health Focus program recently celebrated three decades of service in the community.

Health Focus first opened as the Nerrilda Day Centre in January 1988 as part of the opening of Nerrilda Nursing Home.

It was re-opened for a short period of time in June 1990 as the Nerrilda Day Therapy Centre before blossoming into the Health Focus network of today.

Port Augusta City Council Director of Corporate and Community Services Anne O'Reilly remarked on the program's longevity.

"To have a program like this running for 30 years is incredible.To connect people with new skills, services, friendships, activities and networks, when at times they may feel disconnected or isolated in the community," she said.

"It's been wonderful to see the joy and laughter the program has brought to so many of our community members over the 30 years".

Health Focus provides a range of group social support services for older adults in need of maintaining optimum levels of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional independence.

Programs are funded through the Australian Government Department of Health Commonwealth Home Support Program.

With over one hundred clients currently participating in the program, it is estimated that well over a thousand local older people have enjoyed the program over the years, joining in activities and outings, sharing stories, celebrating milestone birthdays and sharing the burden during difficult times.