Referring your patients to the Get Healthy Service has numerous benefits:

  • It is an effective service that can complement patient care provided by GPs and other health professionals.
  • Independent evaluation of the standard GHS showed participants who completed the 6 month program on average lost 3.8kg and 5.1cm off their waist
  • Focus on prevention & early intervention;
  • Retention of participants is greater when referred by a GP or health professional
  • GPs and health professionals are well placed to reach those in the community who are most at need of the assistance that the GHS can offer, both in terms of their socio-demographic and risk factor profile.

An independent evaluation of the Service reported that participants who completed the 6-month coaching program reported significant improvements including:

  • An average weight loss of 3.8kg
  • An average loss of  5.1cm off their waist 
  • An increase in the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed daily
  • A decrease in the amount of take away meals consumed per week
  • A decrease in the amount of sweetened drinks consumed daily, such as soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices
  • An increase in physical activity levels

Download the 'NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service: The First Five Years 2009 - 2013' evaluation report for more information.

In the following video Dr Bauer discusses why he refers his patients to the Get Healthy Service.

 

12 MONTH FOLLOW UP STUDY

A 6-month follow up study (6 months after completing coaching and 12 months from baseline) showed that anthropometric improvements made at the completion of the coaching program were maintained for a further 6 months (12 months from baseline). These include:

  • Significant decreases in weight 
  • Significant improvements in waist circumference 
  • Significant decreases in Body Mass Index
  • Increased fruit consumption 
  • Participants referred by health professionals (including GPs) are more likely to complete the 6 month coaching program than those who are self-referred.
  • A greater proportion of coaching participants referred by a GP was classified as obese (76.6%) and had a greatly increased waist circumference risk (88.6%) than those who are self-referred. 
  • 78.7% of participants referred by a health professional were from the lowest two quintiles of advantage. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONAL REFERRALS

A study examining the profile of Get Healthy Service participants (who had completed the program) has shown some important differences in relation to the socio-demographic and risk factors based on their “source of referral”:

These findings emphasise the important role that GPs and other health practitioners have in referring clients to the GHS. Furthermore it was noted that GPs and other Health Professionals can target those in the community who are most at need of the assistance that the Get Healthy Service can offer, both in terms of a client’s socio-demographic profile and their risk factor profile.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service Aboriginal Program Evidence and Evaluation Report

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service (GHS) provides an Aboriginal Coaching Program comprising three extra coaching calls and Aboriginal specific resources. In April 2016, the GHS commissioned The Apple Institute to develop an Evidence and Evaluation Report for the Aboriginal Coaching Program.

This evaluation report focuses on:

  • The development and appropriateness of the Aboriginal Coaching Program
  • The reach of the Service in regard to Aboriginal community participation.
  • The impact of the implementation of the GHS Aboriginal Program on the reach of GHS.
  • The impact of the GHS coaching program on Aboriginal community members.
  • The impact of the GHS on Aboriginal participants who completed the GHS Aboriginal program.

Download the "The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service Aboriginal Program Evidence and Evaluation Report" for more information.

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    Parminder

    • 33 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "It was very hard to start but once you do it's too easy and now it's become part of my everyday life."

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    Roger

    • 56 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "It was very good having that person, it gave you some motivation and justification because if I hadn't done the right thing I was honest and told her, she didn't judge."

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    Ian

    • 58 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "I have gone from being an overweight guy who didn't exercise, to now where I consider myself very fit, very healthy. This has turned my life around!"

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    Laurel

    • 50 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "One thing my health coach taught me was about calories, I am now very mindful of calories as well as 5 servings of fruit and vegetables... it's been a great learning experience."

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    Elizabeth

    • 63 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "My husband eats a lot better, not a lot of junk, but if he indulges I can say no and not let it worry me which makes me feel better in myself."

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    Wendy

    • 41 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    ""We do a lot more as a family now, especially with the kids... I am not embarrassed to get into a swimming costume, I feel more comfortable""

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    Joe

    • 60 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    ""Being able to make positive life changes, and being able to do that in front of friends and family has been important""

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    Rececca

    • 40 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Participant

    ""I get excited every couple of weeks when my health coach calls. I really like the way my coach talks and shows she cares. She helps me make realistic goals."

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    Maria

    • 49 Years Old
    • Get Healthy Graduate

    "“I would highly recommend this Service for anyone who would like to become healthy or even just gain a better understanding about their food and exercise habits.”"