It's a whole-health approach we are looking at...Lyndal O'Leary
The Western NSW Health District promotion team bought an array of health experts to the Dubbo RSL Club on Thursday for the 'Healthy Eating and Living Active' forum.
Health experts from all over the country shared their knowledge and delivered a program to hopefully lead and inspire health service workers from Dubbo and surrounding areas.
Manager of health promotion for NSW Lyndal O'Leary said the forum provided government and non-government agencies, and health staff, the opportunity to hear from a wide range of voices and opinions on the challenges, opportunities and potential solutions to improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Western NSW.
"It's a bit of a different way of delivering a program and looking at different things to inspire people to think more broadly about what they could potentially do in their positions," Mrs O'Leary said.
"It's a whole-health approach we are looking at it, hence why we have so many different people here."
Guest speakers for the event included Natalie Molino an entrepreneur, public health strategist and advocate for social impact, executive director of health for the NSW Ministry of Health Meredith Claremont, Fair Game Australia CEO Nicki Bardwell, advanced accredited practising dietitian Christine Innes-Hughes and health promotion practitioner Christine May.
The day was facilitated by Doug Tutt, who has an international reputation for his innovative work in tobacco control. Facilitated expert panels covered health into the future, working with the community, future directions for childhood health and wellbeing, and getting people active.
"I'd like to acknowledge my team's effort and the amount of work they've put into it, even just the effort that went into pulling all of the different people in from all over the country.
"We had panels featuring people from all different backgrounds, which generated conversation and provoked different thinking.
"We hope people left the forum feeling inspired to look at different ways of working and engaging with communities and partners, and new ways of identifying opportunities to improve health outcomes.
"So, hopefully, they now feel inspired to go away from here thinking about what they're doing and how they're doing it."