Allyson Byrne is a Community Planning and Development Officer with Clarence City Council in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Allyson has enjoyed serving the community in local government for several years and working with local networks and groups on projects and programs that support community.
Live well, live long program
Allyson Byrne, Clarence City Council, Tasmania, Australia
The Live Well, Live Long Program began in 2013 as a partnership program between Clarence City Council and the Tasmanian Health Service, Health Promotion. The program takes a holistic approach to the health and wellness of older adults, with a focus on maintaining independence, and contributing to significant lifestyle changes (big or small) that can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
The program runs three times a year and each program is 12 weeks in length. An array of topics are covered including Healthy Lifestyle, Being Active, Happy Body, Eat for Life, Being Resilient, Staying Independent, Sight and Sound, Your Medications, Healthy Feet, Lets Relax, Looking after your skeleton and Get Going in the community.
Program partners were recognised with an award from the Tasmanian Allied Health Professional Advancement Committee (TAHPAC) Allied Health Awards 2017, in the category for Working in Partnership. The program was congratulated at an award ceremony on the 10 November 2017, on excellence in innovation, sustainable partnerships, and involvement of community in developing the program collaboratively with Council, THS and Integrated Care Centre (ICC) staff.
The Clarence program has now and is being trialled in several other council areas across Tasmania. This is quite an achievement for a program that began here in Clarence.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Clarence City Council and Glenorchy City Council Live Well, Live Long programs joined forces and transitioned to community radio for 2020 to keep our communities connected. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased in Tasmania, the programs have been able to be offered face to face again in 2021.
The feedback from participants who have attended the program say that they have enjoyed meeting new people and forming friendships, feeling empowered to be in control of their own health and have learnt a lot about what they can do to support positive health and wellbeing outcomes.
This paper presentation will outline the benefits and experiences of participants and program partners, the importance of continuing to connect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight the expansion of the program in Tasmania as a model of good practice.