New ‘Live Your Best Life!’ for Far West Local Health District

Public Launch Broken Hill Town Square – 9 May 2017

What do you want out of life?  How does your health fit into this? What can local health services do to help you get what you want out of life.

Everyone wants different things out of life today and into the future.  Your health is one thing that may make it easier or harder to achieve the things you want.

Traditionally health services have operated with a view that everyone’s goals, aspirations and priorities are the same.  Health professionals have viewed themselves as technical experts, and most of us have drawn on this expertise when something is not right for us.

The problem is that for all of us, our health today is largely a result of things we did yesterday, last week, for the last year or last decade, not something that just happened this morning.  What can you do to make sure you are able to live your best life?  What can the health service do to help you get there?

Over the coming years, the Far West LHD is hoping to change the way we work with you.  Rather than waiting until there is something wrong and trying to fix it, we want to understand the things that are important to you and the best way for us to provide the services you need to be healthy enough to do those things that are important for you.

This will mean changes for the LHD and all our staff around the way we work with you, and also mean changes for you, making sure you think about what it is you want out of life and let us know.  This way we can tailor the services we provide, rather than assuming that the same things are important to everyone.

Live Your Best Life! is the way we have labelled this change.  On Tuesday 9 May we’ll be launching this change in direction in Broken Hill Town Square from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm.

There will be a free barbecue and activities such as free health checks, information and advice on wellness and healthy living from Allied Health, Child and Family Health, Community Nursing, Palliative Care and Cancer services. Lead Ted Jnr will be there with the Lead Program and there will be Tai Chi demonstrations, as well as an interactive storybook time for children.

Tom Hynes, Chairman of the Far West LHD Board said: “We are hoping to meet with people, hear about the things that they see as representing their best life, and how we can work with them to get there.  It’s about keeping people healthy, and working as partners with them to achieve their goals, not just to fix them when their sick or injured.”

There will be similar public launches of Live Your Best Life! organised for the Far West LHD health services in the District at the following locations: Wilcannia, Menindee, White Cliffs, Ivanhoe, Tibooburra, Wentworth, Dareton and Balranald.

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