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Pony club in Woodridge and Albany a healthy breed

Pony Club WA’s Race Around the State Competition winners: Woodridge Horse and Pony Club. Image credit: ELP Eric Lloyd Photography

Woodridge Horse and Pony Club and Albany Pony Club have taken out top honours in a competition encouraging healthy lifestyles at pony clubs across the state.

Woodridge Horse and Pony Club was recognised for winning the Pony Club WA’s Race Around the State, a competition where ‘kilometres’ were earnt each time healthy changes were made to a club.

Albany Pony Club was also recognised for winning the Go for 2&5 Canteen Competition, where clubs had to demonstrate how they implemented, and will maintain their new and improved healthy menus.

Healthway CEO Susan Hunt PSM said that Healthway and the Pony Club WA have enjoyed a long-term partnership to promote the benefits of eating plenty of fruit and vegetables every day to members.

“These competitions are fantastic ways to inform clubs about how to have a healthy lifestyle, while motivating them to create healthier environments for children and young people,” Ms Hunt said.

Pony Club WA CEO Trudi Hall said the club understands and recognises the importance of good nutrition and the role it plays in the maintenance of good health and wellbeing.

“We have recognised our winners at our annual awards night held on the weekend, as we believe healthy club achievements are just as important as rider achievements,” Ms Hall said.

“Through our partnership with Healthway we have been able to think outside the box to actively promote the Go for 2&5 health message to our regional clubs.”

The Race Around the State winner won Go for 2&5 branded horse jumps, while the Go for 2&5 Canteen Competition winner won Go for 2&5 merchandise and a $250 supermarket gift card.

Pony Club WA has 57 affiliated pony clubs throughout the state and is one of the few state sporting associations with more than 50% of members living in regional areas.

Health Promotion Research Assessment Committee

Healthway’s Health Promotion Research Program has recently been revised and we are now seeking applications from people interested in joining our Research Assessment Committee (the Committee).

The Committee is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all projects funded through Healthway’s research program are scientifically and methodologically sound.
  • Ensuring applications are assessed for their scientific rigour and ability to contribute new evidence to health promotion policy and practice in WA, as it relates to the strategic priorities.
  • Providing funding recommendations to the Board.

Interested applicants are required to read the attachments below before submitting your application. Applications will close at 4pm, Friday 28 February 2020.

Lower Great Southern hockey clubs a picture of health

Smarter Than Smoking Lower Great Southern Hockey Association. Image supplied Hockey WA

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association is one of three regional hockey associations that have taken out top honours in a regional competition encouraging good health at hockey clubs.

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association competed against 26 regional associations and clubs to be recognised as first place winners in the ‘Hockey for Health’ Club Competition.

The Upper Great Southern Hockey Association received second place and the Busselton Hockey Association received third place.

The competition, developed by Healthway and Hockey WA, aims to encourage clubs to improve the health and wellbeing of hockey members and their community by providing healthy sporting environments.

The winners were recognised for providing healthy food and drink options and smoke- free facilities at events and carnivals, as well as raising awareness about how to live healthy lifestyles.

Healthway CEO Susan Hunt PSM said that through a two-year partnership with Hockey WA, Healthway was promoting the Smarter than Smoking message amongst clubs and also promoting good health.

“Hockey is a great community-based sport with thousands of players around WA. To encourage healthy hockey environments at venues, for participants and for spectators makes great sense,” Ms Hunt said.

Hockey of WA CEO Stu Gilsenan said that the winners scored the most points against certain criteria like strategic goals and direction, code of conduct and health policies.

“We also reviewed the overall performance of the clubs involved and the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association excelled in all aspects,” Mr Gilsenan said.

“We are looking forward to expanding the Hockey for Health Club Competition to metropolitan hockey clubs this year.”

The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association received a small grant of $1,000, Hockey Australia signed merchandise, and training for canteen staff on creating healthy canteens.

Perth musos catch a break

The atmosphere never falls flat during a Catch Music session.

For more than a decade the organisation uses music to connect people with a disability with skilled musicians.

Catch Music hosts nine metropolitan ‘jamming sessions’, and one in a regional area, with hundreds of participants benefitting.

“These sessions are open to people of all ages and all abilities,” Catch Music coordinator Eduardo Cossio said.

The sessions feature a range of talented musicians who make sure everyone involved, no matter their level of skill or ability, get on stage and have a go.

“It’s always a social night, people have fun, and having a lot of people here gives it a really positive atmosphere,” Mr Cossio said.

“Social barriers are lowered when our participants play together.

“The bands gig regularly, almost every weekend, and this gives everyone a focus and purpose.”

Healthway and Lotterywest grants totalling more than $48,000 have been provided to Catch Music to promote the Act-Belong-Commit health message to participants, and rebuild its website to make it easier for those keen to get involved.

Healthway and Lotterywest CEO Susan Hunt PSM said that Catch Music was a wonderful not-for-profit organisation connecting people from all walks of life pursue their love of music.

“The jamming sessions give participants something to work towards, improves playing ability, and is a fantastic way to meet new people and form supportive friendships,” Ms Hunt said.

For more information about Catch Music click here.

Fact File:

  • In 2019, $6,500 in Lotterywest funding was provided towards the website
  • In 2019, $41,800 in Healthway funding was provided to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message at Catch Music events.

Summer Healthy Sporting Club Program

The application portal is now closed.

Healthway is offering up to $4,000 in funding to Western Australian community sporting clubs competing in a recognised summer 2019 sporting competition.

Healthway has engaged the services of the WA School Canteen Association to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increase healthy food options at club-run canteens or kiosks
  • Reduce sugary drinks within club-run canteens or kiosks
  • Reduce, wherever possible, the promotion of unhealthy messages or brands
  • Improve club member awareness of healthy eating choices
  • Educate and up-skill canteen managers and/or staff in offering healthy food and drinks in community sporting venues.

Through the program the WA School Canteen Association will provide free training and work with clubs across the season to prepare healthier menus.

The Healthy Sporting Club Program Application Guidelines provide details on how to apply.  

Healthy Sporting Club Program Application

For more information or to discuss your club’s application please contact Cassandra Bordin from WA School Canteen Association on 9264 4999.

Applications close 12 noon, Friday 11 October, 2019.

Healthway works in partnership to build a healthy and more active Western Australia. The Healthy Sporting Club Program supports one of our five key priority areas, increasing healthy eating. Some of the strategies we apply are:

  • Reducing children’s exposure to marketing of unhealthy food
  • Encouraging healthy eating habits from a young age
  • Improving public awareness of healthy eating choices.

A recipe for good health and literacy

Working in partnership, Healthway, The Literature Centre and Foodbank WA have contributed to fostering healthy eating habits and literacy skills among Western Australian children.

The Literature Centre Education Officer Ms Beck Blaxell presented a series of literature workshops to students at Brookman Primary School, Langford in Term 1.

Students received a Let’s Cook recipe booklet with simple and delicious healthy snacks and meals including Super Sonic Dip, Sporty Banana Bites, Deadly Damper Scrolls and Rockin’ Rice Pudding.

The activities are part of Healthway and The Literature Centre’s partnership – the Go for 2&5 Primary School Literature Program, which encourages children to participate in arts and literature-based activities to increase literacy skills and nutrition awareness.

Ms Blaxwell showcased the travelling book exhibition to students through a number of healthy eating education lessons supported by teachers and education staff.

Through the partnership, workshops are also delivered at The Literature Centre in Fremantle as well as visits to schools in metropolitan, rural, remote and regional locations such as Christmas Island, Katanning, Dampier, Canning Vale, Kelmscott and Kalgoorlie.

Find out more about the Go for 2&5 Primary School Literature Program.


Photo by Ms Beck Blaxell, students from Brookman Primary School, Langford, 14 February 2019.


Health Promotion Scholarship Recipients

The Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) in collaboration with Healthway, are delighted to introduce you to the 2019 Healthway Research Program Health Promotion Scholarship recipients; Larissa, Courtney, Luke and Sophie.

Larissa Perry

Aboriginal scholarship recipient Larissa Perry is working at the Telethon Kids Institute within the Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort (Our Children, Our Heart) project. Larissa’s scholarship project will involve a mixed methods study on the experiences and attitudes of parents/carers towards the cultural awareness, safety and security of early education settings for young Aboriginal children. The research findings will help to describe an early education setting that promotes good mental health and wellbeing, being culturally safe, socially inclusive and aiding connectedness for young Aboriginal children.

Courtney King

Graduate scholarship recipient Courtney King is working within the Health Promotion and Education Research team also at the Telethon Kids Institute, extending the current Let Me Know (LMK) project – a school-based intervention aimed at year 7 students addressing underage alcohol consumption. Courtney will conduct formative research into year 9 and 10 students to provide direction for adapting the LMK project and ongoing support for parents as their children age. This research will explore the unique challenges parents face in relation to underage alcohol consumption and identify the appropriate adaptions they can make.

Luke Ringin

Regional scholarship recipient, Luke Ringin is working with the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health in Geraldton on a project titled Men Against Violence . This program will be a part of the ‘Community, Respect and Equality Framework’ that already exists in Geraldton which focuses on reducing family violence in the Mid-West region. Luke will be using evidence and applying existing resources to a local setting to create an education plan for sporting club coaches and staff, allowing participants to be stronger role models and educators for young men and boys in the prevention of family violence.

Sophie van Dam

Graduate scholarship recipient Sophie van Dam is working with the WA School Canteen Association . Sophie’s project will investigate factors that influence school stakeholder’s compliance with the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink policy. Stakeholder’s include students, administrators, teachers, staff members and parents. The project aims to investigate the barriers and enablers towards complying with the policy in secondary and regional schools through surveys and focus groups, and by investigating partnerships to develop tools and resources that will support schools to take action on nutrition.

For more information please go to: www.healthpromotionscholarshipswa.org.au.

Local cricket club bowls them over to claim national award

Bluff Point Strathalbyn Sharks Cricket Club in Western Australia has bowled over the judges and taken out the 2018 WA and National Good Sports club of the year.

The Good Sports awards recognise the inspiring Good Sports clubs and passionate volunteers that are committed to championing a healthier and family-friendly club environment for the local community.

The Geraldton cricket club was part of the West Australian Cricket Association’s (WACA) Alcohol.Think Again Healthy Cricket Program, which is delivered state-wide in partnership with Healthway.

The program aims to create healthier sporting clubs by developing and maintaining policies that support and create environmental and cultural change at the WACA ground, as well as at a District, Community and Country Cricket level.  

Healthway is committed to more West Australians living healthy lifestyles and through increasing healthy eating and physical activity, improving mental health, preventing harm from alcohol, and creating a smoke-free WA.

We congratulate Bluff Point Strathalbyn Sharks Cricket Club for their award and acknowledge their commitment and contribution in helping to create Healthway’s vision of a healthier Western Australia. 

Esperance Community Arts partnership creating lasting connections

Healthway is a proud and long-time supporter of Esperance Community Arts, having worked in partnership for more than twenty years to deliver programs that benefit the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Our renewed partnership in 2019 will support the delivery of the Act-Belong-Commit Warang Kaddatji Theatre project, and Samba Drumming project, both of which are part of the Pathways to the Arts programs.

The Warang Kaddatji Theatre project involves a series of workshops with five Aboriginal theatre professionals who have strong connections to the Esperance region. The project is designed to provide young Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with skills and inspiration to develop and stage their own production.

The Samba Drumming project will support the development of a new Samba Drumming Group, including performances at four community events over twelve months.

Both programs are comprehensive and exemplify the Act-Belong-Commit message through arts activities and events that build skills for individuals and facilitators, and encourage social connection and belonging for children and young people living in the region.

Through partnering with local organisations that are active in the places where we live, learn, work and play – in sport, arts and community settings, Healthway is helping to create healthier communities.

Esperance Community Arts has recently secured funding to ensure the preservation of a local Indigenous dialect and to celebrate Aboriginal cultures in Esperance.  You can read more about this story online.

Surfing WA partnership to educate slip, slop, slap, seek and slide

A two-year partnership between Healthway and Surfing WA will deliver education to around 130,000 Western Australian students to promote sun safe behaviours that prevent skin cancer.

The partnership encourages students who are surfing or being active outdoors to protect  themselves the SunSmart way by remembering to – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

Surfing WA will collaborate with the Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart Schools Program, to provide opportunities for schools and students to receive ongoing sun safety education.

Reducing sun exposure in childhood and adolescence can greatly reduce the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.

The media statement announcing the Healthway and Surfing WA partnership is available to read online.