Dozens of Parkes residents were recently informed the Healthy Lifestyles Program they have come to rely on for their physical and psychological well-being would be discontinued by NSW Health.
They were notified in an unsigned letter that participants would be transferred to community-based exercise and activities, and attached a list of local sports clubs and gyms. “This is an insult to these people who have contributed to society their whole working lives,” said Member for Orange Philip Donato MP last Friday when he met with some of the residents.
“What is overlooked by NSW Health and the Government is the cost savings to the health system through the management and prevention of illness delivered by this program, which keeps people out of hospital beds.
“Given the emphasis upon mental health, especially in rural and regional NSW where isolation from services is prevalent, the mental health benefits from this program are enormous. I support the Parkes community and their call to have this program re-instated.”