The Queensland Government's $27 million healthy
lifestyle program My health for life launched in Wide Bay
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said
Wide Bay was the first region in Queensland to benefit from the
major health initiative. The program will launch in Cairns in April
and Moreton North in May before being rolled out across other parts
of Queensland over the next two years.
"My health for life is a quality, evidence-based
program delivered by health professionals and will be free for
eligible participants," Mr Dick said.
"It's a lifeline for people who are at high risk of developing
chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and
stroke, because it provides an opportunity for them to get their
health back on track.
"The fact is a lot of people may not be aware they are at risk
of these conditions because the symptoms or signs might not yet be
obvious which is why we want to get as many eligible people into
the program as possible.''
My health for life will offer participants six sessions
of coaching and support over six months. The first session is a
one-on-one personalised appointment with the remaining sessions
delivered in small local groups or by structured phone coaching.
Participants will also have access to a range of tools and
resources both on and off-line.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said kicking off the
multi-million dollar program in Wide Bay would be great for
improving health throughout the region.
"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving the health
of all Queenslanders and I'm proud that our region will be the
first to use this great program.
"I think proactive programs that offer people a real chance of
avoiding future illness are a great investment in the health of
"Along with achieving positive health outcomes for individuals,
My health for life will also create stronger communities
and help take pressure off the public health system," Mr Saunders
Funded by the Queensland Government My Health for life
will be delivered by a health alliance led by Diabetes Queensland,
and comprising the Heart Foundation, Stroke Foundation, the
Queensland Primary Health Networks, the Ethnic Communities Council
of Queensland and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the program would
appeal to people looking for a different approach to achieving a
"People often know what is good for them but have difficulty
starting or getting to where they need to go,'' Ms Trute said.
"That's where we come in. The program recognises everyone is
different and will have different barriers and motivation for
living a healthier life.
"We work with people to set realistic goals and then show them
how they can take small steps to achieve big health results.''
Ms Trute said the Alliance had welcomed the challenge of
developing the program - one of the biggest preventive health
programs to be rolled out in Queensland.
"The organisations that belong to the alliance have been working
in this space for some time, so we are delighted to be part of a
program that works alongside local health professionals,'' she
"Instead of everyone trying to do a bit, we can combine efforts
and work together to achieve a stronger outcome.''
Information on the program, including eligibility criteria, is
available on www.myhealthforlife.com.au or by calling 13
RISK (13 74 75).
Media contact: Monica Rostron 0409 126