FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For Consumers

Where can I find more information on physical activity and falls prevention?

There is information on and links to further reliable sources of information on physical activity and falls prevention in the Exercise Types section of this directory.

Please consult a health professional and/or the falls prevention exercise program provider for individual advice on what falls prevention exercise program is most appropriate for you.

How do I find an exercise program in my local area?

Follow these steps to find an Exercise Program in your local area.

  1. Enter your Town, Suburb or Postcode in the Location field in the white box on the left of this screen.
  2. Enter a search distance in the Distance field underneath. The system will automatically default to 5kms (recommended).
  3. Click the Find Now button.

This directory will then identify and list registered Exercise Programs that are specifically targeted to or specifically cater for adults aged 55 years and over.

If none are available, you may wish to consider widening your search by adjusting the Distance field to a greater distance.

If you receive a large number of responses, you may wish to refine your search by adjusting the Distance field to a lesser distance.

If you are looking for a specific exercise program (such as Aqua Aerobics) you may want to enter a keyword (such as Aqua) into the Search INW PCP field in the white box on the left of this screen.

What types of exercise programs are included in the Physical Activity Directory for Older Adults?

Exercise Programs within the local government areas of Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Moreland and Yarra aimed specifically at or catering specifically for adults aged over 55 years were approached to be included in the directory.  Included program types include Heartmoves, Living Longer Living Stronger,Lift for Life, BEAT IT, Yoga, Tai Chi, Aqua/Warm Water Exercise, Seated/Chair based Aerobics and Falls Prevention programs.  For detailed information on your exercise program type/s of interest, please search for this program (see steps above) and click on More details in the program description box that appears in your search results.

Who should I contact if I have questions about any of the exercise programs included in this directory?

For more information on individual exercise programs in this directory please contact the exercise program provider directly.  Contact details for each exercise program are provided in the program descriptions that appear in the search results.

How do I register for the exercise programs included in this directory?

The registration process is different for each exercise program, to register for an exercise program of interest please contact the exercise program provider directly.  Contact details for each exercise program are provided in the program descriptions that appear in the search results.

For Health Professionals & Physical Activity Program Providers

Why establish a new web-based directory of physical activity programs for older adults?

The importance of remaining physically active as we age is well documented.  However, accessing appropriate level physical activity groups can be challenging for older adults.  One barrier to participation can simply be not knowing what programs are available or whether they are suitable.

Allied health professionals and General Practitioners (GPs) within the INW PCP local government areas (LGAs) expressed difficulty in accessing up to date information about physical activity programs available for older adults in their area.  In addition, they identified that there was a lack of sufficient information about physical activity programs for older adults to feel confident in referring a client, given their functional level and health status.  Older adults with a chronic disease may need adjustment to the recommended physical activity guidelines based on their exercise capacity and specific health risks.  Detailed information about the type of physical activity is needed to allow consumers or health professionals to make an informed decision about the suitability of programs.

The previous Mooney Valley Melbourne Primary Care Partnership and Doutta Galla Community Health conducted a mapping exercise of existing physical activity directories.  This found that while several directories exist, many do not include detailed information about the physical activity groups. An online survey was then conducted to quantify the level of need, gaugethe interest in a proposed area based exercise directory and determine what information allied health professionals, GPs, nurses and fitness instructors within the Cities of Moonee Valley and Melbourne would like to see included in such a directory.  The survey found that:

  • 68% of respondents reported difficulty in referring consumers to local community physical activity groups.
  • 100% of respondents said they would find it useful to have a comprehensive list of available physical activity groups in the local community.
  • 62% of respondents listed a dedicated website (with the proviso that it could readily be printed off and given to consumers) when asked which format they would be most likely to access. The main reason respondents would not use such a directory was if the information was out of date or the website was difficult to access/use.
  • The majority of respondents strongly agreed it was important to include detailed information about the physical activity groups (such as program details, contact details, class times, cost, functional level required, medical clearance required, referral requirements, transport options, access to venue, group content, qualification of group leader and ratio of participant to instructor/s.)

Based on the survey findings, an online directory was proposed as paper based directories become out of date quickly due to changes in program details and are often not widely circulated. Hard copy promotional materials (in both English and the top 5 community languages across the INW PCP) for the online directory (including a snapshot of physical activity programs available) will be distributed to venues frequented by older adults within the LGAs of Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Moreland and Yarra.  Other strategies for the initial marketing of the directory to consumers include the distribution of promotional flyers at local senior’s expos and the submission of articles promoting the directory and physical activity for older adults to local newspapers for publication.  The directory is being marketed to health professionals across the PCPs four LGAs via various professional networks.

How can I register or update my program on the Physical Activity Directory for Older Adults?

To register your program you can complete and return the downloadable information collection form below or email your updated program details to BarbaraP@inwpcp.org.au.  INW PCP will review your program information at the time of the next scheduled quarterly directory update.

Is there a cost involved in registering my program on the Physical Activity Directory for Older Adults?

No, participation in the directory is completely free.

What programs will be included in the directory?

Physical activity programs that are specifically targeted at or specifically cater for adults aged 55 years or over will be included in the directory. See the current directory content for examples of programs included.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

You can email BarbaraP@inwpcp.org.au, write to Inner North West Primary Care Partnership, 11 Glenlyon Road, BRUNSWICK VIC 3056 or phone the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership on 03 9389 2231.

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