About a quarter of Gold Coasters over the age of 70 are frail, which means they:
When you have even one sign of frailty, you lose your ability to bounce back from illness or an accident. You’re at greater risk of falling and you’re more likely to end up in hospital or at a residential aged care home.
Gold Coast PHN currently funds three programs, where eligible people can participate at no cost to them. Each program has different offerings, so you can find the best option for you.
Frailty Care in the Community Program
This program offers up to six personalised support sessions over a four-to-six-month period, including home visits for high-risk participants. An individually tailored program provides access to psychologists, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals. There is a choice between individual and group sessions, or a mixture of both, to improve access to community health services and reduce isolation. Ongoing support is available after the program finishes.
BUnyAH Interprofessional Healthy Lifestyle Program
This 12-week program of twice weekly health education and exercise classes sees you working with Bond University Allied Health students and their supervisors. The service runs at the Avanti Health Centre in Southport with free gym membership included for the duration of your program. Follow-up care is offered at Bond University Institute of Health and Sport.
Please email BUnyAH@bond.edu.au to speak to Professor Susan Brandis about the BUnyAH Interprofessional Healthy Lifestyle Program.
Mungulli Yarn and Walk Program
The Yarn and Walk program is a great way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 18 and over to join an education-packed physical activity program. Under the guidance of an expert team including an Aboriginal and Torres Strait health worker, physiotherapist, clinical nurse, dietician, pharmacist and nurse navigator, weekly sessions explore cultural activities, healthy eating and health information combined with light exercise and walks.