Inspiring Stories

Inspiring Health Promotion: Our Stories plans to showcase and share good examples of health promotion and prevention across the Tasmanian Health Service.

We hear great stories of staff working in health promoting ways across the Tasmanian Health Service. We know that better practice happens when we share what works.

Stories will be shared in staff newsletters as well as on this website.

South - Live Well, Live Long - Pathways to Change  

Participants of the Live Well Live Long program

Live Well, Live Long is a 12 week program that runs three times per year at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre and Glenorchy Health Centre.

It is a free, accessible educational program that promotes a holistic approach to health and wellness. Local service providers and health professionals provide weekly workshops aimed at building participant’s understanding of their health, including the things they can do to stay well.

Health Promotion South - Corina McCarthy

Why did you develop your project?

  • To share knowledge about how participants can stay safe, manage their chronic
    health conditions, and access services and supports.

What did you do? What worked well?

  • We listened to what people wanted and what they said. Our presenters are interested in connecting with people, and tailor their presentations to what people want to know and hear. Each year the presenters get together to discuss the program and ideas for improvement.
  • We are flexible - anyone from any municipality can attend. Having two different times and days to attend offers choice.
  • Our members complete evaluations. The positive feedback received so far is encouraging.

What did not work so well? What lessons were learned?

  • We initially ran the Clarence Program at 10 am but the attendance was low. We then changed to 12:30 pm. Our attendance has increased so much we now have a waiting list!
  • Quite a few people could not attend over winter in 2019 due to illness.
  • We have found it hard to engage some lower socio-economic communities that are reluctant to leave their local area.

What did the project achieve? What’s the outcome, or impact?

  • Presenters have noted that participants are now attending their service.
  • We no longer need to advertise the Clarence program as word of mouth is filling the spots. (This speaks volumes.)
  • Several participants have joined other activities and groups. They also tell us that they have passed on the information they have learnt to family and friends.
  • Participants report making healthier life changes and choices after attending the program.

How are the principles of Working in Health Promoting Ways reflected in your project?

Systems Change

Many services tell us that presenting at this program has helped embed health promotion into their practice as they have closer contact with community members. It engages people that they might not normally reach. There is now managerial support from THS for their workers being involved.

Supportive Environments

Live Well Live Long is an inclusive environment where members are given tools and resources to help them with their health. Participants are encouraged to contact the services they’ve been introduced to. Many participants feel more comfortable doing this as they are more aware of how services work.

Equity

This program is for anyone. It is free! We use easy-to-access venues.

Partnerships

Partnerships with THS services, local providers and the local Councils are central to the program. In 2017 ‘Live Well Live Long’ won the Tasmanian Allied Health Award for partnerships. Other Councils are keen to take on this program bringing in new partners.

Engaging People

Our members are encouraged to participate and take control of their health & wellbeing. Each week feedback is received and if needed, program changes are made.

Most referrals to the program are through community word of mouth.

Evidence Informed Practice

The presenters continually improve their content with the most up to date information. This means participants receive evidence-based information on topics relevant to them.

How has working in health promoting ways benefitted your team? And helped your clients?

It is a lovely way to engage with clients and deliver important information in a supportive, friendly environment. We constantly hear from past attendees that the program has changed aspects of their lives, such as increasing their knowledge or making new friends.

Enjoy watching this short video (3 minutes) of the program which was made with the prize money from our 2017 award.  (3 minutes).

Live Well Live Long Booklet

Live Well Live Long Poster

North - Wound Management - A Holistic Approach  

East Tamar Community Nurses work holistically in their assessment processes, forming strong partnerships with their clients and other health professionals in the care team.Image of male patient and female nurse

Community Nursing worked with their client, Gary, on the wound he sought help with. They also supported him to identify and address underlying health conditions that were limiting his quality of life and were risk factors for his future health and well-being.

This is primary health nursing practice at its best: patient centred, focussed on health promotion, preventative health and collaboration.

George Town District Hospital and Community Health Centre - easttamarcn@ths.tas.gov.au

What did you do? What worked well?

When Gary’s wound failed to heal as we might have expected, we went back to basics, reassessed and looked at the whole picture.

With Gary’s permission, we brought in other key partners, such as specialist wound nurse and a general practitioner, to enable us to better support Gary.

Our work was patient centred. We worked at Gary’s pace until he was ready to take the next steps.

What did not work so well?  What lessons were learned?

With the wisdom of hindsight, a full reassessment of the reasons why the wound wasn’t healing could have happened sooner. We have now instituted a full reassessment in such cases.

We now engage partners in the care team earlier in the process.

What did the project achieve?  What’s the outcome, or impact?

This holistic approach benefited Gary and his family, both in healing the wound and enabling him to take control of some underlying health conditions and prevent future health issues.

How are the principles of Working in Health Promoting Ways reflected in your project?

Partnerships

Partnering with our client, the specialist wound care nurse and a general practitioner were key to this intervention’s success.

Engaging People

We engaged Gary in his own care, providing him with information and encouraging him to make choices about his own health and wellbeing, moving at his own pace.

Equity

Community Nursing is available to all of our community at a subsidised cost.

Systems Change

Having seen the great health outcomes for Gary and his family, our team are committed to full annual reviews as part of a change in practice.

Evidence Informed Practice

We worked with the best evidence on wound healing which suggested there must be underlying barriers preventing healing.

How has working in health promoting ways benefited your team? And helped your clients?

Knowing we can make a difference and help someone to take control of their health and wellbeing beyond the presenting issue, is satisfying and encouraging for our team. For our client, not only did his wound heal, but he will have improved health and well-being in the future.

Wound Management - A holistic approach booklet

Wound Management - A holistic approach leaflet

What's your story?

If you've got a story to share or want to know more, contact one of your local Health Promotion team