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  • $80,300 Healthway grant to strengthen mental health prevention initiatives in community sport
  • Partnership project between SportWest, the WA Association for Mental Health, Mental Health Commission and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

The Western Australian Sports Federation (SportsWest) received a Healthway grant of $80,300 to develop a framework to guide and strengthen mental health prevention initiatives across community sport in Western Australia.

Healthway’s Director of Health Promotion Julia Knapton said, the grant would see SportsWest coordinate the project in partnership with Healthway, the WA Association for Mental Health, the Mental Health Commission and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

“The framework will support the local sports sector to effectively promote mental health and increase mental health literacy in the community,” Ms Knapton said.

“The framework will be available in 2021 and will also inform future approaches in mental health prevention in Western Australia.”

Building on key findings from Monash University’s Mental Wellbeing in Community Sports Clubs Project, the framework will also reflect input from sporting organisations across the State at both an association and grassroots level.

SportWest CEO Rob Thompson said the partnership with Healthway would support sports clubs and the important place they hold in communities across Western Australia.

“Sport can positively influence and connect people to support the wellbeing of the WA community,” Mr Thompson said.

For more information about Healthway funding visit www.healthway.wa.gov.au.

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Media contacts: Healthway 0438 996 884 or SportsWest 0400 237 079.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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