A Healthway partnership with WA’s Indian community helped bring Deepavali, a traditional Indian festival, and the healthy lifestyle message to Elizabeth Quay.
Promoted as a family friendly smoke and alcohol free event, the Swan Festival of Lights 2016 was a colourful multicultural event over three nights from October 28 to 30 drawing around 30,000 people to Elizabeth Quay.
Deepavali is a celebration of the joys of life expressed through the presentation of Indian fine arts and culture to the public of Western Australia while also promoting our state’s vibrant multicultural community. It was a great opportunity for Healthway to reach many cultures with a message about healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment free of tobacco smoke and alcohol.
Event volunteer Hari Ramakonar said the move to host the festival at Elizabeth Quay this year was very successful.
The Livelighter message was very prominent and festival patrons enjoyed the vast array of healthy multicultural food we offered,” he said.
Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit message with a special focus on suicide prevention was the official theme for Mental Health Week in October.
The Mentally Healthy WA campaign resulted from a Healthway initiated research project two decades ago and recent surveys show three in every four West Australians are aware of the positive mental health message Act-Belong-Commit
The campaign is funded jointly by Healthway and the WA Mental Health Commission. In addition, Healthway sponsored 80 projects to promote the Act Belong Commit message across the state last year alone, at a cost of over $1.8 million.
Healthway recently expanded its online application system to include all sponsorship applications.
Online applications have previously been available for organisations seeking sponsorship of $5,000 or less and after positive feedback, the process now include applications for sponsorship of over $5,000.
During the transition to on-line forms, if you are currently completing your application on a form you have already downloaded, you can still submit it to Healthway.
Forms will continue to be available in alternative formats upon request. For assistance, please contact Healthway on 9476 7000 or Healthway@healthway.wa.gov.au
The Minister for Health, the Hon John Day, has announced a new Board to govern Healthway. The Board was appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation Act 2016 which commenced on 1 September 2016.
The seven-member Board will be chaired by Professor Bryant Stokes AM, as Presiding Member. Fiona Kalaf was appointed the new Board’s Deputy Presiding Member and will be joined by Board members Nathan Giles, Steve Harris, Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, Dr Roslyn Carbon and Ricky Burges.
Healthway has renewed its support for the Act-Belong-Commit campaign as surveys show the positive mental health message reaches three quarters of West Australians with many saying they took action to improve their mental health as a result.
Act-Belong-Commit is promoted by the Mentally Healthy WA Campaign. It is supported with a Healthway Health Promotion Grant and more than 150 sports, arts and community organisations partner with Healthway’s sponsorship program to promote the message throughout the State from the Kimberley to the Great Southern.
Also in the mental health area, Healthway has previously funded health promotion researcher, Dr Christina Davies, for a study which found people who engaged in the arts for two or more hours per week were much more likely to have better mental health than others who did not engage in artistic activities.
Hyperfest is a unique youth-led annual outdoor music event for young people in Midland and surrounding areas. The increasing attendance is a great opportunity for Healthway to promote the Drug Aware message.
Young people are involved at every stage of Hyperfest right from the drawing board through to the big day. It is organised almost entirely by a team of volunteers aged 15 to 25 years, with the support of staff from the City of Swan. The young organisers ensure the benefits of healthy living are promoted reinforcing the drug, smoke and alcohol free messages.
The end result for 2016 was a record 3,000 crowd enjoying great entertainment in a healthy environment.
The Quit smoking message and promotion of a healthy lifestyle played an integral role in Healthway’s partnership with the Quit Targa West Tarmac Rally in August. It provides a great opportunity for Healthway to promote the non-smoking message to motor racing fans.
The rally roared into life with a ceremonial start in Forrest Place in Perth City attracting many spectators. The action then moved to Kalamunda and finished back in the city at Langley Park.
“People who are new to motorsport are surprised by the high level of fitness required to compete, particularly in rally where the stages are long and demanding and you can’t afford to get fatigued,” said Rally Director Ross Tapper.
“We are proud that the sport of rallying has been chosen by Healthway to advocate for living a healthy, active lifestyle and as promoters of the important quit smoking message.”
The rally was popular in Kalamunda
Many people gathered in Perth city for the rally finish
Healthway sponsorship of Kalgoorlie Fashion Week took the Alcohol.Think Again message to the Goldfields in August and showed it in fine style to a largely regional audience and many from the local Aboriginal community. Healthway aims to reach regional communities with health messages promoted through sponsored events.
The Goldfields community enjoyed the colourful presentations, entertaining acts and inspiring music. A proud moment for Aboriginal rapper BJAH came when he thanked his ancestors, brothers and sisters for welcoming him with open arms before belting out his WAMI award winning song called Survivor.
“Thank you Healthway for your support and trust in what we are trying to achieve,” said Yasmin Walter, CEO of event organisers, Model Camp Australia. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to present opportunities to the youth and locals of Kalgoorlie.”
At its July and August 2016 meetings, the Board of Healthway considered many applications for grants and sponsorship.
Community groups from all over Western Australia request Healthway support for a wide range of interesting and original projects and activities that promote good health and healthy lifestyles for Western Australians.
In considering applications, the Board looks at many factors with the final decision based on how likely the proposed activity or event is to be successful in inspiring West Australians to make lifestyle choices to improve their health.
At the July meeting, the Board allocated Healthway funds to the following areas:
Health Promotion Program Budget – a total of $2,733,245 was approved for a health promotion project;
Arts Program Budget – $198,500 was allocated to applications for sponsorship;
Community Events Program Budget – a total of $10,000 was allocated for sponsorships;
Sport and Racing Budget – carried over to the August Board;
Board reserve funding – A total of $340,000 was allocated from Board reserves for special projects; and
Applications for amounts under $5,000 – the Board noted approval by Healthway’s Acting Executive Director of $25,427 for grant applications from the Health Promotion Projects and Health Promotion Research Budgets, $12,000 for sponsorships from the Arts Program Budget, $16,500 for sponsorships from the Community Events Budget and $13,000 for sponsorships from the Sport and Racing Budget.
At the August meeting, the Board allocated Healthway funds to the following areas:
Health Promotion Program Budget – a total of $74,984 was approved for a health promotion research project;
Special Projects Fund – a total of $26,490 was approved;
Arts Program Budget – $204,000 was allocated to applications for sponsorship and $27,000 was allocated to extend current sponsorships;
Community Events Program Budget – a total of $87,000 was allocated for sponsorships;
Sport and Racing Budget – a total of $84,500 was approved for sponsorships; and
Applications for amounts under $5,000 – the Board noted approval by Healthway’s Acting Executive Director of $4,648 for grant applications from the Health Promotion and Health Promotion Research Budgets, $23,900 from the Arts Program Budget, $29,000 from the Community Events Budget and $27,500 from the Sport and Racing Budget