Anyone who is over 16 years of age and lives in NSW is welcome to participate. However, the focus is on encouraging people at higher risk of developing chronic disease to take part. This includes people who could benefit from support to:
- eat healthily
- get more physically active
- reach or maintain a healthy weight
- reduce alcohol,
- stop drinking alcohol including before, during and after pregnancy
- make healthy lifestyle changes during and after cancer treatment
In-language Chinese coaching is available, along with interpreter services provided by the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).
Aboriginal patients will be supported by a dedicated Aboriginal health coach.
In the following video, Dr Bauer explains who he refers to the Service
To ensure that the participant is suitable for the Service, a number of screening and assessment questions are asked. This health screening assessment asks about:
- Any recent hospitalisations,
- Chronic conditions,
- Illnesses relating to the heart, lungs or brain,
- Physical conditions, including pregnancy,
- Mental health considerations and
- Special dietary considerations.
If these questions highlight any potential risks, the participant is referred to their General Practitioner to obtain medical clearance prior to taking part in the program.