Through the Alliance, member organisations collaborate on specific projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of our residents. 2020 has seen significant progress in both the number and impact of these projects.
DancingThe dancing group, comprising members from USYD, UNSW, local GPs, professional dancers, Multicultural Health, ICH and WSD, is working on ways to encourage dancing as an alternative form of physical activity through local intergenerational programs. COVID-19 limited the adoption of the concept in schools. Work is underway with TAFE to incorporate dance into specific student programs and providing dance classes for the teachers. Blacktown city Council will provide free venues for two dance groups in 2021. This project will be evaluated with the hope of expanding to additional populations and venues. Parramatta Council showed interest regarding the Healthy Parramatta Van and other facilities and suppliers. Dance was showcased as the activity for National Diabetes Week with groups from within the hospital and community sending in videos of themselves dancing, and combined into a video. The success of this program was repeated for RUOK Day with online dancing lessons for WSLHD staff. The physical and mental health benefits of dancing were the topic of a session in the Masterclass 2020 Series with the aim of encouraging health professional referral for patients seeking an enjoyable form of physical activity. Click below to watch these videos and learn more about the benefits of dancing:
- ‘Dancing: The potential opportunity to encourage physical activity and health’
- Masterclass 2020 Series: Healthy Lifestyle – Dancing