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Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 01, 2018

Hi everyone

A great opportunity to recruit new members, from all age groups and experience levels.

Both Friends of Parks Inc. and DEW are registered hosts for Centrelink programs,

i.e. ‘Work for the Dole’, ‘Over 50’s’, ‘Newstart’, etc.

 

What that means is that any group that may receive requests from individuals who are participants in any of these programs, can formally sign them up to work community hours (usually 15 hours a week), as part of their ‘mutual obligation’ requirement of receiving the Newstart allowance.

If you know of someone who might be interested in such an arrangement, you can approach them, and if they are interested, they then go back to Centrelink to get the appropriate forms for your signature, and Centrelink’s final approval – in other words you don’t have to wait to be approached, you can be pro-active if you wish.

If you do have someone wanting to undertake their ‘mutual obligation’ hours with your group:

  • 1.let our Secretary, Pam Smith ( pamela.smith@sa.gov.au ) know, so that she can provide you with the Friends of Parks Inc.

Centrelink registration (host) number.

  • 2.Your group President/Secretary/Membership Officer can then fill in the documents from Centrelink, including the host
  • number, and the person will be able to commence with your group.
  • 3.You will probably need to ‘sign off’ on a work diary, so that the person can submit that as evidence to Centrelink. We will
  • keep a register of those who have enrolled.

If you group already has its own Host number, can you please let Pam know, and the details of the person/s (name, address, start date), and your Host group number, for our records. There are several groups individually enrolled as Hosts under this scheme. Also, if your group already has some Centrelink participants, can you please let Pam know, for the records.

Regards

Duncan MacKenzie OAM

President

FRIENDS OF PARKS INC.

Healthy Parks Healthy People || 5 Ways to WINTER wellbeing in nature!

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, June 08, 2018

Dear All,

Thank you for your support with the launch of the Healthy Parks Healthy People 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign late last year, and/or your interest in this work.

As you will recall, the aim of the campaign was to provide all South Australians with simple tools and opportunities to maintain good mental health and wellbeing, and to promote nature as an ideal setting for achieving these.

This campaign raised high awareness with 9,296 visits to the SA Health website and the videos were displayed in Facebook newsfeeds 1,593,914 times. The Facebook videos were also shared a total of 881 times and all received at least 75% positive sentiment.

 

Due to the success of the campaign, a second burst of activity is running throughout June 2018, to promote the 5 Ways to WINTER Wellbeing in Nature.

 

During winter months, people often stay indoors more and this can impact on their mental health and wellbeing. This burst of activity will promote winter themed nature based activities. In South Australia there are many parks and nature events that are best experienced in winter. The messaging will also remind people that winter is a time of the year when it is particularly important to think about ways to protect mental health and wellbeing as colder weather and less daylight hours can have a negative impact on mood for many people.

We need your help to spread these messages far and wide. If your organisation is keen to post some materials you can still access them online here.

We have also attached a newsletter article about the campaign that could be adapted for your stakeholders and audiences. The Good Living Blog will publish a new article to promote the campaign as well. Please like and share and keep your eye out for our SA Health posts throughout winter and if you would like to know more specific details about the posts, we can share the schedule with you.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions about how you could use these materials.

Kind regards,

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Project Team

Mental Health Week 2016

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, October 17, 2016

Realising the mental health benefits of contact with nature

 

To mark Mental Health Week 2016, the South Australian Government has launched a new action plan to promote the mental health benefits of spending time in nature.

 

The action plan, Realising the mental health benefits of contact with nature, is a joint initiative of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Department for Health and Ageing (DHA), supported through the Healthy Parks, Healthy People South Australia Framework.

 

Strategic leadership of the Healthy Parks Healthy People Framework is provided by DEWNR Chief Executive Sandy Pitcher and DHA Deputy Chief Executive Len Richards. The two agencies are working closely together to support the South Australian community to improve their health and mental wellbeing through spending time in nature.

There is strong evidence to support the link between nature and positive health outcomes, including reductions in obesity and chronic disease, and improvements in mental health and social wellbeing.

 

Research has also shown that spending time in nature can improve our ability to concentrate and learn, solve problems, think critically, and be creative. 

 

Nature is important for people of all ages, but it has been shown to be especially beneficial for children, the elderly and people suffering from a mental illness or disability.

 

The action plan has a long-term aim of ensuring that all South Australians understand that contact with nature is necessary for protecting and promoting their mental health.

 

Some of the short-term outcomes that will be delivered under this action plan include using evidence-based research to inform new policies and plans, such as the Suicide Prevention Strategy for SA and the South Australian Mental Health Plan.  

 

Other actions include convening masterclasses and identifying nature-based initiatives and campaigns that promote the benefits of nature for everyone’s mental health.

 

Authorised by Sandy Pitcher
Chief Executive Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources


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