My health for life, a program for Queenslanders who
want to change their behaviour to avoid chronic conditions such as
diabetes, is currently being rolled out across the state.
The program, which launched in April, is being implemented on
a community-by-community basis with plans underway for a
statewide launch by the end of the year.
My health for life is already available in Wide Bay,
Cairns and the neighbouring hinterland, the Moreton Bay region and
the Gold Coast, with Ipswich and the Brisbane metropolitan
areas soon to follow.
The program offers both group sessions and phone coaching by
trained health professionals, with the latter
option already available state wide.
It has already attracted participants from central
Queensland and the far north just through word of mouth.
While the program is not open to people with diabetes, it may
benefit your friends and family members. Living with someone who is
proactively managing their diabetes and general health can often be
a wake-up call to other family members to get their own health back
Program director Lyn Hamill says the success of the program
is due to the fact that it is practical, flexible, free and
"Our research tells us these things are important," she
"We are also not asking people to make major life changes
that are overwhelming. It is important they feel these changes and
choices are within their grasp.
"That's why the program supports people to break down their
goals into small, manageable and achievable steps. There can be
real ownership and motivation when people see they are
achieving healthy change for themselves.''
Lyn said the program also benefited from working with the
participants' GPs and local health providers.
"This is not about us coming into an area and delivering a
program then leaving. My health for life works hard
to build strong relationships with local health professionals and
we use local providers.
"This collaboration is essential for the health outcomes we
are wanting for participants and it helps complete the
It is too early to evaluate the program but anecdotal evidence
shows weight loss in early participants as well as an increase in
their physical activity and mental wellbeing.
My health for life has been developed by the
Healthier Queensland Alliance which includes the Heart Foundation,
the Stroke Foundation, the PHN network, the Ethnic Communities
Council of Queensland and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander
Health Council, led by Diabetes Queensland.
The program is funded by the Queensland Government and is a
To find out more and how the program could work for you or your
loved ones, visit My health for
life, or ring 13 74 75 for free risk assessments.