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Training Aqua Leaders in Western & Far West NSW. Clinton Gibbs Health Promotion Officer Western NSW LHD. What is Aqua Fitness?. Popular way to keep fit Improves strength & flexibility Increases energy levels Beneficial to people with arthritis, back pain, balance and joint problems

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training aqua leaders in western far west nsw

Training Aqua Leaders in Western & Far West NSW

Clinton Gibbs

Health Promotion Officer

Western NSW LHD

what is aqua fitness
What is Aqua Fitness?
  • Popular way to keep fit
  • Improves strength & flexibility
  • Increases energy levels
  • Beneficial to people with arthritis, back pain, balance and joint problems
  • Don’t need to be able to swim
  • Easy to learn and fun
why aqua for western far west communities
Why Aqua for Western & Far West Communities ?
  • Aqua groups requested by a group of Aboriginal Ladies
  • Poor exercise opportunities in many communities
  • Most have a pool
  • Suitable for all fitness levels
  • Affordable
  • Can be done with no equipment
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Lightning Ridge

Coonabarabran

Dubbo

Broken Hill

Cowra

Wentworth

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Non-Aboriginal population: 264,490

Aboriginal population: 27,829

Source: ABS population estimates (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

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Source: ABS population estimates (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.
how it has happened
How it Has Happened
  • Training manual was developed
  • Aqua instructor contracted to train leaders in 2009
  • Manual further developed
  • 62 people attended
  • 37 came to a 1 day refresher training in 2010
  • 34 Aqua groups in Summer 2009/2010
the training
The Training
  • HP advertise 2 day training courses
  • Participants must be a LHD volunteer or Staff
  • Broken down into practical & theory sessions
  • Practical assessment & written quiz to be completed
  • Participants are required to lead a free class within the next 12 months
  • CPD and CEC points can be claimed
  • Session on Western NSW PA guidelines included
what participants learn
What Participants Learn
  • Principles and Foundations of Aqua fitness
  • Properties of water
  • Aqua fitness program design and workout structure
  • Teaching and cueing techniques
  • Safety considerations
  • Leaders roles and responsibilities
  • Class formation and selection of specific exercises
  • Program modifications for special conditions
  • Equipment and music
what happens after the training
What Happens After the Training?
  • Leaders become part of the Western NSW LHD Physical Activity network
  • PA network meetings held regularly
  • Equipment supplied
  • Follow ups and group visits
  • Grant information
  • Linked with Local Health District sites
  • Other training & program information is shared
  • Participants are invited to attend a refresher 12 months later
recording group statistics
Recording Group Statistics
  • The size & type of groups vary in many ways
  • Health service staff enter stats in local systems
  • Volunteers send stats to us and/or keep them for their records
  • We are looking at ways we can access stats from systems used
  • Sites do their own evaluation of their groups
example of an aqua group
Example of an Aqua Group
  • Taken from a 2011 group with 4 leaders
  • Participants also reported an increase in muscle tone, weight loss, improved mental health & an increase in social interaction
so what
So What?
  • 19 courses & 14 refresher days have been held
  • 165 people trained & 96 people attended refreshers
  • 90% of refresher attendees had led a group
  • Free groups offered to 23 communities
  • Additional resources & information added to package
  • Increased awareness of other health programs
  • Increase in PA opportunities in many communities including Aboriginal ones
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