The Hon Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Minister for Research visited SHARE (Building Healthier Communities) head office on Tuesday 6th November 2018 for a morning tea with some of the participants, Instructors, staff, Board members, local hospitals, Local Area Health District, UTS and students from Macquarie University.
Mr Mark Coure Member for Oatley, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure accompanied the Minister who facilitated the visit and with funding for the bus. Mr Coure highlighted the amazing work conducted by SHARE for over 31 years “it’s impressive” he said. He also paid particular tribute to Barbara Ward President (Volunteer) who has been working tireless in the community and has shaped SHARE to be one of the most outstanding Not for Profit delivering compassionate and caring services to people over 50 years in the community.
Mr Coure also thanked Mr Adrian Prakash General Manager for his commitment to SHARE and particularly to the older people who attend SHARE services by “Empowering Australia-wide healthy communities”. My constituents benefits from SHARE programs and commended the participants who attend the classes to maintain good health and the staff who run these classes. “Regular physical activity can help prevent a range of chronic diseases and their risk factors including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, and also help promote psychological wellbeing and healthy weight. “I hear much positive feedback about impact on individual’s health outcome by attending one of SHARE classes and the NSW government is delighted to partner with SHARE and help with the bus” said Mr Coure.
Minister Brad Hazzard recently assisted SHARE with the purchase of a 12 Seater bus to pick up and drop off participants who are no longer able to drive and or rely on family and friend and if these forms of transport are not available participants are unable to attend their regular health programs.
Minister Hon Bard Hazzard was very impressed with the work of SHARE and met some participants who were over the age of 92years and thanked SHARE staff for the work it does in the community. “Today I have learned so much more about the work of SHARE from targeted classes to reduce the impact of lifestyle-related chronic disease, women’s health, onset on management of dementia, pain management, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, cardiovascular disease, nutrition, musculoskeletal conditions, falls prevention, mental health, PTSD and injury. Rehabilitation from hospital system to SHARE classes post operation and referrals from hospitals to SHARE as part of patient integrated discharge service and Home care. Minister Hazzard also acknowledged staff from Sydney Eastern Local Area health District in the room. As our population grows we must support organisation like SHARE to continue to provide the setting they do to keep everyone healthy and happy. I am inspired by the all of you, today when I go home tonight whatever time that is I am going to go for a walk” said Hon Minister Hazzard.
Mark Coure talks to me almost every day about his community “ you have a very good local member as Mark Coure, he has delivered many new projects from hospitals, schools, playgrounds, train stations revamp and the list goes on” said Mr Hazzard.
In a casual setting the Minister Hazzard spoke to all the participants, spoke a little Italian with some of the participants and did a short dance with an Italian lady. Minister Hazzard delighted everyone with his warmth, caring and genuine desire to help some of the most vulnerable people who attend SHARE classes.
During Q&A participants asked many questions from health to personal life and the Minister was quick to remind everyone to refer to him as “Brad”. Almost 70% of participants are from CALD background.
Many participants asked Brad to help SHARE with funding so that more care can be provided and expand in many other areas because it is evident that SHARE classes has a positive impact and keeps us away from Doctors and hospitals. “I have not been able to walk, but with SHARE classes I have been able to walk after six months of staying home, people here are so caring” said Mabel.
Barbara Ward thanked Mr Mark Coure for his unwavering support to SHARE and the Hon Minister Brad Hazzard for visiting and funding the most needed bus. She also gave a brief overview of the work conducted particularly as part of their expansion in the areas of PTSD and mental health. “Our holistic programs helps people, we make a real difference with health outcome, including social isolation, connectivity, domestic violence, homelessness and in many other ways. We are a caring organisation and provide “person centred program which are targeted, flexible, non-threatening and most importantly compassionate, some of our 90 plus participants have been attending our classes since we started 31 years ago” said Barbara
SHARE classes/programs are undertaken by fully qualified Instructors and Leaders and employs approx 65EFT. SHARE classes are based on a multifaceted approach including psychology for PTSD and home care services. SHARE classes include but not limited to Falls Prevention, Gentle Aqua, Women Only Class, Specialised Classes, Mandarin Speaking Instructor Relax & Unwind, Active & Fit, Zumba, Lit N Low Yoga, Meditation, Feldenkrais, Gentle Exercise Aqua Aerobics, YogaFit Fitter & Stronger, Strength, Stretch & Relax, Tai Chi in the and Park Relax & Unwind
To join one of SHARE classes visit www.share.org.au or call 8580 6028