Supporting healthier lifestyles in Cockburn

Three men and two woman standing in front of banners at the launch of the Cockburn Healthy Lifestyle Program
From left: City of Cockburn representative Nick Jones, FSH Head of Pediatrics Dr Janine Spencer, Hon Mike Board, Southwell Primary School Principle Elizabeth Melville, Cockburn Integrated Health Chair and Mayor of Cockburn Logan Howlett.
February 20, 2018

Cockburn Integrated Health has been working in collaboration with South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS), particularly Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), 
and other health services to provide a low-cost approach to weight management and healthy lifestyle changes for participants and their families.

The newly launched Cockburn Healthy Lifestyle Program (external site) involves a free initial health assessment by a nurse practitioner and access to a range of affordable programs and services in the local area that specifically meet the participant’s needs.

FSH Head of Paediatrics Dr Janine Spencer, who has been involved in the establishment of the program, said the nurse practitioner-led clinic for children has had promising results.

“After a review of paediatric outpatients, we found that 1 in 4 children attending clinics were overweight or obese, with only minimal success in hospital-based intervention.”

“As a result, we listened to the community and provided a service that is family-based and embedded within the community,” Janine said.

It’s estimated more than 70 per cent of adults in the City of Cockburn are overweight, which is higher than the state average of 66 per cent.

Live Lighter’s Campaign Director Maria Szybiak said building strong relationships with local communities is a crucial step in tackling the obesity issue.