Bulahdelah Health Expo delivers practical advice

HEALTH EXPO: Sue Tripney from Gloucester Community Health talks about slips, trips and falls.
HEALTH EXPO: Sue Tripney from Gloucester Community Health talks about slips, trips and falls.

COMMUNITY transport, mobility aids, legal planning and chair based exercises were just a few of the many presentations given at the Bulahdelah Health Expo held at the Bowling Club last week.

The event was organised by Bulahdelah Community Health Committee and voted an overwhelming success by the residents who attended throughout the day.

The presentations included a range of talks, demonstrations, practical exercises and displays aimed at providing information on health related topics relevant to the residents of the area.

Health Committee member Gary Haynes said Jo Varley’s talk on the aged care portal and services was well-received.

 
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“She provided amusing examples of some of the experiences of her officers in the field, such as being confronted by snakes while visiting houses and mistakenly providing cleaning services to the wrong house,” he said.

“Her anecdotes brought hearty laughs from those attending the seminar.”

Mr Haynes also said the “Vital Living-Mobility Aids” presentation by David Varley included practical demonstrations of some of the aids available to assist people with mobility difficulties.

“He demonstrated aids which can be used to put on socks and undergarments plus a range of tools for opening containers and safely handling boiling water,” Mr Haynes said.

Other highlights during the day included a presentation on available transport options by Jennifer Hadfield, Lawyer Carol Abela’s talk about the legal aspects of Wills and the presentation given by Sue Tripney on slips, trips and falls.

Yoga teacher Christine Defresne guided participants through a range of exercises that can be conducted at home and dietician Kirsten Swan explained that dietary needs were “not a one-size fits all process.”

Local community groups were also involved throughout the day with the Bulahdelah Men’s Shed providing a display on bee hives and the Uke Group entertaining the crowd during lunch.

Mr Haynes said more than 50 community members attended the event and unanimously expressed pleasure and support for the day.

ORGANISERS: Bulahdelah Health Committee member Gary Haynes and chair Chris Harvey. ( left) HEALTH EXPO: Vital Living-Mobility Aids (right)
ORGANISERS: Bulahdelah Health Committee member Gary Haynes and chair Chris Harvey. ( left) HEALTH EXPO: Vital Living-Mobility Aids (right)

 

HEALTH EXPO: Community members listen to a presentation.
HEALTH EXPO: Community members listen to a presentation.

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