Healthy program gets recognition

HEALTH KICK: Health Focus staff Bronwyn Filsell, Anne OReilly, Debra Barnwell, Michaela Press, and Pauline Mannion. Photo: supplied.
HEALTH KICK: Health Focus staff Bronwyn Filsell, Anne OReilly, Debra Barnwell, Michaela Press, and Pauline Mannion. Photo: supplied.

A Port Augusta City Council program which provides group activities for older community members was recently announced as a finalist in the 2021 SA Community Achievement Awards.

Health Focus, which was nominated by an anoymous communmity member, was a finalist for the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award.

Staff from the program attended the awards evening on Saturday, November 20 in Adelaide. The program did not win the category however it was exciting for staff and clients to land a top three spot.

Health Focus is funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program and operated by Port Augusta City Council.

The program has been operated for over 31 years, with over 100 clients per week attending programs such as the Bizzi Bodies Exercise Group, Bizzi Walkers group, as well as Centre based group activities providing physical and mental stimulation and social interaction.

The Health Focus program was a finalist alongside Yorke Peninsula Community Care and Transport, a not-for-profit organisation providing transport to the wider Yorke Peninsula for social, business and medical reasons.

Kimberley Pursche, a training coordinator at Centacare Catholic Country SA and a responder for their Employee Assistance Program, was the other finalist.

The winner of the evening was Yorke Peninsula Community Care and Transport.

Health Focus has been fortunate to have dedicated staff and volunteers over the past 31 years who have brought new ideas and fresh approaches to supporting clients.