Session Overviews

Every Health Session we facilitate is based on a specific topic.  Click on the links below to read more about the specific Sessions we run in the community.

ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Substance use is a major cause of preventable disease, illness and death in Australia. In this interactive session, participants will learn about the impacts of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, cannabis and other drug use, including misuse of prescribed drugs, on health. Discussion will include recognising substance misuse and addiction, and how to get help.

  • We can also discuss gambling including gambling harms, impact on mental health, signs of a gambling problem and how to get help, if this is a concern for the community group.

Social Media and Screen Use

Participants will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of social media – particularly concentrating on screen time recommendations,  impact on mental health, sleep and cyberbullying. They will develop strategies to use social media in a balanced and healthy way that promotes their overall mental health.

 

Allergies and Asthma

In this session participants will learn about common allergens, triggers, treatment options and, most importantly, how to recognise and manage both allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Interactive activities include a skin reactions quiz, identification of allergens on food labels, and physical demonstrations which illustrate how difficult it is to breathe when experiencing an asthma attack, and how to use asthma puffers.

 

 

 

CHILD HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Child Health and Development

This fun, interactive session is ideal for soon-to-be parents or parents with young children. It is tailored to the specific needs of the group and may include information about developmental milestones, child health, immunisations and frequently asked questions.

 

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Infant and Toddler Nutrition

This fun, interactive session is ideal for soon-to-be parents or parents with young children. It is tailored to the specific needs of the group and may include information about breastfeeding, formula/bottle feeding, introducing solids, fussy toddlers and adequate nutritional intake.

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH

Heatwaves and Health

This session addresses rising temperatures and the importance of looking after our health in heatwaves. It discusses the risk of people developing heat related illnesses, how heatwaves can impact existing illnesses, and highlights ways to manage health during a heatwave.

Sun Smart

This session addresses being safe in the Australian sun. It discusses how to enjoy the sun smartly and strategies to prevent dangerous levels of sun exposure, as well as the consequences of severe sun exposure, including sunburn, skin cancer and heat stroke.

 

 

COVID-19

This session addresses questions about COVID-19, vaccine safety and effectiveness, boosters, vaccine safety during pregnancy, as well as emphasising the ongoing need for hand hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing. These sessions also address how to manage COVID-19 infection and long COVID.

 

 

 

Dental Health

Participants will learn about the components, function and development of teeth. Interactive activities include identifying foods and drinks most likely to cause tooth decay and revising tooth-brushing and flossing techniques on models.

 

 

 

 

Diabetes

Icon_DiabetesParticipants will learn about how and why diabetes occurs (including risk factors), as well as its diagnosis, management and complications. The session highlights the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of diabetes.

 

 

 

 

Ear and Hearing Health

In this useful session, participants will learn about common ear conditions including symptoms, management and prevention. Different types of hearing loss will be discussed, and how and where to get help.

 

 

 

 

Exercise

Icon_ExerciseThis session equips participants with an approach to exercise that can be adapted to their specific needs. The benefits of exercise, barriers, injury prevention and signs of physical stress are discussed.

 

 

 

 

Eye Health

This session teaches participants about eye health, and the importance of prevention and early identification of eye conditions. It highlights the most common eye conditions in Australia, and looks at prevention and treatment options for these.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating and Nutrition

A fun, interactive session in which participants learn about the benefits of, and barriers to, a healthy diet, the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and its practical application (including limiting sugar and fats). Participants will also learn how to interpret food labels.

 

 

 

Heart Health

A fun, important session that examines the risk factors, symptoms and preventative treatment of cardiovascular (heart) health, including high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Interactive scenarios include signs of a heart attack or stroke and when to call the ambulance or see the GP.

 

 

 

Incontinence

Participants will cover different types and causes of incontinence and bladder leakage. It will also cover where to seek help If individuals are having issues with incontinence.

 

 

 

 

Kidney Health

Icon_KidneyHealthParticipants will learn about the kidneys, their functions and the stages of kidney disease, as well as consider risk factors, imaging and blood tests, and treatment options.

 

 

 

 

Men’s Health

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This interactive session is tailored to the specific needs of the male participants. It may include information about prostate checks, sexual health, cardiovascular health, gambling, alcohol and anxiety/depression. Participants will cover the most common types of cancer for men in Australia and the screening tests offered.

  • We can also discuss gambling in depth including gambling harms, impact on mental health, signs of a gambling problem and how to get help, if this is a concern for the community group.

 

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

An excellent session to begin breaking down the stigma often associated with mental health. Participants will develop strategies to promote their mental health and wellbeing. Participants will learn about the normal spectrum of emotions, and how to recognise when professional help may be needed. Interactive activities include relaxation and deep breathing exercises.

 

 

 

Navigating the Australian Healthcare System

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A fantastic introductory session. This session uses scenarios to facilitate participant engagement in understanding how to access health services in Australia including GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, dental services and others. Interactive activities may include what to do with a medication prescription and how to decide whether to call an ambulance.

  • We also offer a ‘Language for Navigating the Australian Healthcare System’ session for participant groups who may wish to seek employment in the Australian Healthcare System

 

 

OLDER ADULTS

Icon_Bone&JointHealthBone and Joint Health

This session discusses osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in particular, and introduces the interaction between calcium, vitamin D and exercise for healthy bones and joints. Participants will learn about risk factors, prevention and treatment options including pain management.

 

 

Icon_DementiaDementia

An important session that allows participants to discuss their experiences with family members/friends with dementia and their fears relating to personal memory loss. The session focuses on preventative factors, when to seek medical assistance, the Mini-Mental Examination and delirium versus dementia.

 

 

Falls and Balance

Participants will learn about the seriousness of falls and how to prevent them. It is an interactive session which includes a group discussion about risk factors in the home and looking at different walking aids.

 

 

 

Incontinence

Participants will cover different types and causes of incontinence and bladder leakage. It will also cover where to seek help If individuals are having issues with incontinence.

 

 

 

Icon_MenopauseMenopause

In this session, women learn how to manage the symptoms of menopause through healthy lifestyle and medical options. Other health issues facing women in this life stage can be explored as requested.

 

 

 

Preventative Health

Preventative health includes the prevention of illness, the early detection of specific disease, and the promotion and maintenance of health. Using the SNAP (smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity) acronym, participants will engage in a conversation about how to promote good health. Screening and health checks will also be discussed.

 

 

 

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Icon_InteractionMale and Female Interactions

This is an important session designed to help newly arrived groups understand acceptable and appropriate male and female interactions in Australia. Participants are encouraged to discuss cultural differences relating to touch and eye contact (in a professional and personal context), physical boundaries, unwanted attention/harassment, social media, same-sex relationships and addressing discomfort in conversations.

 

 

Sexual Health (Consent and Contraception)

This interactive session begins with a discussion about consent, consent and the law and how to get consent. Participants will then learn about various methods of contraception and how to prevent unwanted pregnancy, and when to seek medical help.

 

 

Icon_STIsSexually Transmitted Infections

Participants will learn about the more common STIs in Australia, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and syphilis, including symptoms, treatment and most importantly prevention. Less common STIs, such as HIV and Hepatitis B/C, will be briefly discussed.

 

 

Talking with your Child about Relationships, Sex and Sexuality

This session provides parents with strategies on how to talk with their children about relationships, sex and sexuality using a step by step approach. They will consider how to manage different scenarios and address common myths.

 

 

 

Staying Healthy in Winter

This session was developed in response to community demand for information about how to stay healthy through the cold winter months. The aim of the session is to promote health and wellbeing through winter with a focus on being up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, having a flu vaccination, and visiting the GP for a health-check.

 

 

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Breast, Cervical and Other Common Cancers

This session focuses on the cancers that most commonly impact women, including breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer, and gynaecological cancers. Common risk factors, symptoms and treatment are explored. Prevention is emphasised through healthy lifestyles and screening programs.

 

 

Icon_MenopauseMenopause

In this session, women learn how to manage the symptoms of menopause through healthy lifestyle and medical options. Other health issues facing women in this life stage can be explored as requested.

 

 

 

Pregnancy and Postnatal Wellbeing

This interactive session focuses on the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, routine blood tests and ultrasounds, the frequency of healthcare contact. Birthing options and post-natal care are discussed as well as pregnancy complications.

 

 

WomensHealthWomen's Health

This session explores common health problems experienced by women, and the lifestyle changes they can make to promote their own health and wellbeing. Depending on the group’s needs, menstruation and associated problems can be discussed. Women will also be empowered to access the various health screening options that are available in Australia.

 

 

Workplace Health and Safety

This session teaches participants who is responsible for the health and safety of workers in their workplace. It discusses different types of risks in the workplace, and where workers can seek help if they feel unsafe at work.

 

 

 

 

YOUTH

Adolescent Health and Hygiene (Puberty)

This session is aimed at young people as they undergo puberty. It equips them with the information they need to understand the changes they will see in their bodies, and to promote healthy lifestyles. Body safety and consent are also discussed

 

 

 

Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs

Substance use is a major cause of preventable disease, illness and death in Australia. In this interactive session, participants will learn about the impacts of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, cannabis and other drug use, including misuse of prescribed drugs, on health. Discussion will include recognising substance misuse and addiction, and how to get help.

  • We can also discuss gambling including gambling harms, impact on mental health, signs of a gambling problem and how to get help, if this is a concern for the community group.

 

Male and Female Interaction

This is an important session designed to help newly arrived groups understand acceptable and appropriate male and female interactions in Australia. Participants are encouraged to discuss cultural differences relating to touch and eye contact (in a professional and personal context), physical boundaries, unwanted attention/harassment, social media, same-sex relationships and addressing discomfort in conversations.

 

 

Sexual Health (Consent and Contraception)

This interactive session begins with a discussion about consent, consent and the law and how to get consent. Participants will then learn about various methods of contraception and how to prevent unwanted pregnancy, and when to seek medical help.

 

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Participants will learn about the more common STIs in Australia, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and syphilis, including symptoms, treatment and most importantly prevention. Less common STIs, such as HIV and Hepatitis B/C, will be briefly discussed.

 

 

 

Social Media and Screen Use

Participants will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of social media – particularly concentrating on screen time recommendations,  impact on mental health, sleep and cyberbullying. They will develop strategies to use social media in a balanced and healthy way that promotes their overall mental health.