Workshops to help manage health conditions

A series of Better Health Self-Management workshops will be held over the coming months for people with chronic health conditions looking to make better lifestyle choices.

Facilitated by the Central Coast Local Health District, the free peer-led sessions aim to offer people assistance and advice on dealing with everyday issues.

The next session will be held at the Kincumber Community Health Centre on May 5.

Workshops are open for any adult living with any chronic health condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, lung conditions, heart conditions, chronic pain and anxiety.

CCLHD states on its website this program is for people concerned about managing their health in the future; people wanting to manage their symptoms better; those unsure if the doctor and healthcare team is listening to needs; people feeling worried or depressed because of health issues; people lacking energy; and those looking to speak with someone who has faced similar health issues.

Ways to get a good night sleep, planning exercise programs, strategies to deal with depression, problem-solving, and dealing with difficult emotions are some of the topics covered in the program.

A spokesperson for CCLHD said the sessions are self-referral with bookings required.

“When you have chronic disease, all of the everyday stuff can get pushed aside,” the spokesperson said.

“We focus down on one problem at a time.

“We can help people organise a one-week plan to ensure they have a bit of routine.”

Workshops go for 2.5 hours per week for six weeks with refreshments provided.

The Better Health Self-Management program is run by community volunteers who also have chronic health conditions.

Further sessions will be held at Lake Haven Community Health Centre on June 23 and Erina Community Centre on September 1.

Jacinta Counihan