Health and Wellness starts our Webinar series

Our first HUR Australia Webinar for 2024,

Health and Wellness – The power of exercise in maintaining best health

is held on Wednesday 21st of February at 3-4 PM AEST / 4-5 PM AEDT

You can read more and register here >>> huraustralia.com.au/webinars 

On the same page you can also access the materials from our previous webinars.

Since we started our HUR webinars in 2020, we have covered many topics, but in most talks a core component and goal has been health and wellness – what are the key principles when planning an exercise program to gain and maintain best health and wellness.

World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as

“a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (illness)”

and wellness as

“the optimal state of health of individuals and groups.”

It could be said that good health is our goal, and wellness is the product of a healthy lifestyle –the activities and choices we make to reach our best health and wellbeing, including the control of risk factors and inclusion of beneficial factors such as nutrition, exercise and social interactions.

Exercise and physical activity are well established as key factors in maintaining health and wellness for all age groups. The key goals might vary – while in our fifties our main goal is to keep up good health and mobility, staying active and preventing chronic diseases, as we get older we must set in appropriate principles to keep up health and wellness including muscle strength and bone mass, but also to exercise to keep up our quality of life, maintain independence and avoid falls.

In this webinar we are happy to welcome back one of our regular speakers, Dr Tim Henwood Group Manager - Research & Development at Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc. Tim is a well known speaker on exercise for older adults with a wide research publication record on targeted exercise programs for adults 65 years, clinical experience and also development and management of an evidence-based, person-centred, best practice care model.

The SCC Inc. health and wellness service has been well received in the community with over 3000 clients in South Australia and Northern Territory, consisting of over 45—exercise group presentations, over 1250 allied health one-one-one services, and over 6000 respite hours.

At the Victorian Health care week in October 2023, Dr Hewood presented data from their extremely successful Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) Program. In this program clients receive an average of five services per week, which during the second half of the program are predominantly progressive strength, conditioning and balance exercise, as per the professional guidelines.

The program has a strong focus on health literacy, chronic disease management, discharge planning, falls prevention and functional independence. The results presented at the conference showed a 45 per cent improvement in function (measured by the Short Physical Performance Battery) accompanied by reduced depression, anxiety and frailty prevalence.

It will be a pleasure to sit down with Tim and discuss all things wellness.

RegistrationClick here to register for this webinar.

It will be wonderful to start our webinar series again, and I look forward to seeing many of you online in just a few weeks!

Dr Tuire Karaharju-Huisman
Physiotherapist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSAM), PhD (Biomechanics)
Research Lead, Area Account Manager (Vic, Tas, SA)