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WA Healthy Weight Action Plan - Released Today.

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News from the Obesity Collaborative Project Team - The WA Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019-2024 has been released today and is now available for you to read and circulate!

Printed copies of the Action Plan are available from WA Health Networks. If interested contact them on 9222 0200 or via healthpolicy@health.wa.gov.au if you would like a copy.

The Action Plan is a WA first, and has been designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people at-risk of or with overweight and obesity. We have designed it to act as a map for action over the next five years to support coordinated activity that will positively impact the early intervention and management of overweight and obesity in WA.

The three original partners (Department of Health, WA Primary Health Alliance, and Health Consumers’ Council) are currently in the process of determining their next steps for implementation. They will be looking to establish the WA Obesity Collaborative (Action 1.1) and the Community for Change (Action 1.2) in the coming months. We envisage these two groups will provide the platform for state-wide collaboration and knowledge sharing to drive implementation of the Action Plan across the State.

Active Measures Program

As you know Arche Health runs a community based individual and group exercise physiology sessions at the Cannington leisureplex twice every week for those with BMI over 30 or who are convalescing on Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation. The program runs every Monday and Wednesday morning under the supervision of Scott Patrick our Exercise Physiologist. The service accepts both GP and self-referrals, albeit secondary cardiac rehab patients needing GP clearance to undertake mild exercises. We highly encourage inter-services referrals for wrap-around support, particularly those receiving care across our programs living with chronic and complex conditions including Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Mental Health.

This service has largely continued after de-funding from WAPHA over 2.5 years ago, a testament to Arche Health’s ethos and social responsibility as a Not-for-Profit Charity.  

As was the case in the early phase of the stakeholder consultations, Arche Health has provided feedback towards the development of this plan and look forward to working with them all in the future to support the community live healthier lives.