Improving health outcomes for Indigo residents with heart and lung conditions in Beechworth and Yackandandah.
17 May 2023
Photo: PACE@indigo participants at a session at Beechworth Health Service.Left to Right: Back Row: Mark Ashcroft - CEO Beechworth Health Service, Ray - participant, Paul- participant, Carol - participant, Sam O’Connor – Physiotherapist Beechworth Health Service, Cliff - participant, Emma Ghys - Community Services Manager Alpine Health. Front Row: Renee Rinaudo - PACE@indigo Co-ordinator Beechworth Health Service, Maureen - participant, Leeah Cooper - Equilibre Health.
Indigo residents with heart and lung conditions in Beechworth and Yackandandah now have local access to the Pulmonary and Cardiac Exercise and Education (PACE) program, called PACE@indigo to help clients manage their conditions.
The PACE@indigo program offers a free, safe, evidence-based exercise and education program to help clients manage their heart and lung conditions. The service is delivered in local community settings closer to home for the people of Indigo by local exercise professionals. The program provides an individual assessment of clients exercise capacity and medical history, followed by a tailored training and education program. The program offers one on one assessments, education sessions, exercise classes and individual home based exercise plans. The program typically runs for 6-8 weeks.
The PACE@indigo program is a partnership between Beechworth Health Service and Alpine Health and is an expansion of the existing PACE program delivered by Alpine Health. The PACE@indigo program was made possible through the support of the Hume Health Service Partnership and funding from the Better at Home initiative.
Mark Ashcroft, CEO at Beechworth Health Service said “We are very proud to be able to bring this award winning exercise and education program to Indigo residents. The program will offer clients local access to personalised advice and support, to feel more confident, to recover sooner and to maintain their independence and prevent health problems in the future.”
”Indigo residents with heart and lung conditions can access the program at locations in Beechworth and Yackandandah through a referral from your local GP or you can contact the PACE@indigo Coordinator directly on 03 5728 0200 or referrals can be made at [email protected]” he said.
Dianna (Dee) Piazza, Project Officer with the Hume Health Service Partnership stated that…..”the Hume Health Service Partnership is delighted to support the PACE@indigo program with funding from the Better@Home initiative. The PACE@indigo program is a great example of health services working together to deliver services ‘closer to home’ and better health outcomes for local communities”.
Emma Ghys, Community Services Manager at Alpine Health said “we look forward to supporting Beechworth Health Service in rolling out the PACE program for Indigo residents. PACE clients in the Alpine region have seen significant improvements over the past few years in their health and wellbeing after participating in the program and we look forward to seeing the same results in the Beechworth and Yackandandah communities.”
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