The BUnyAH Program is a 12-week intensive active lifestyle program developed by Bond University Allied Health Professionals, specialising in occupational therapy, exercise science, physiotherapy, and nutrition and dietetics. It is tailored for older persons identified by their general practitioner as being at risk of frailty or early admission to aged care. The program provides bi-weekly, client-centred health education and exercise sessions, uniquely complemented by a free gym membership at the centrally located Avanti Health Centre in Southport, easily accessible by train and tram, and offering free onsite parking.
A referral from a GP or Allied Health provider are required for this service.
The 12-week contact program includes weekly themes inclusive of cognition, general health, functional independence, social support, nutrition, mood, continence, and functional performance. These sessions compliment an evidence–informed exercise program specifically designed for the older population. Under the supervision of appropriately (AHPRA) registered health professionals, students will assess, develop and deliver evidenced based approaches to achieve lifestyle changes.
The program is an entrance to individual assessment and services from occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dieticians, and exercise scientists provided by the Bond Institute of Health and Sport at Robina. BUnyAH provides a unique interprofessional and intergenerational approach to reducing frailty in the community, accompanied by a longer-term research strategy lead by Bond University in partnership with Avanti Health Centres and the Gold Coast PHN.
The 12-week program will be conducted at Avanti Health Centre, Gold Coast Surgery Centre, Level 1, 103-113 Nerang Street, Southport.
Individual follow-up and longer-term services will be offered from Bond University Institute of Health and Sport at 1 Promethean Way, Robina.
Participants will require the ability to transport themselves to the Avanti Health Centre twice a week to participate in the program. Both Avanti and Bond University Institute of Health and Sport are easily accessible by train, tram and have free carparking nearby.