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Norfolk Island Health and Wellbeing Expo 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Norfolk Island falls into the catchment of Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN). After a needs assessment conducted in 2016, funding was provided for a full-time Health and Wellbeing Coordinator who commenced in March 2018.

A one year Norfolk Island Health Promotion Plan was implemented over 2018 to early 2019 and following the approval of a further three years funding, the current Norfolk Island Community Health Promotion Plan covers April 2019 – April 2021. This plan can be found on the Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) website (

One of the highlights of the previous and current plans is the annual Health and Wellbeing Expo. The second event was held on Saturday July 13. The Expo aimed to showcase local and mainland Australia health and wellbeing services and programs. The Expo was held at Rawson Hall and consisted of over 30 exhibitors, five presentations on a diverse range of topics and there was a range of tasty and healthy food and drink options available.

Several service providers travelled to Norfolk especially for the Expo, including Feros Care, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT), Life without Barriers and CESPHN. They joined local service providers and agencies, both for profit and not for profit, to provide the community with a comprehensive selection of information and health improvement opportunities.

Manager of NIHRACS, Kath Boman and Mayor Robin Adams provided the official opening and Administrator, Eric Hutchinson was master of ceremonies for the presentations.

The presentations covered topics including diabetes, spinal health, mental fitness, growing your own vegetables and ensuring the safety and quality of water, a very important topic in the local community.

As an added bonus there were several lucky door prizes available, courtesy of a generous donation to support the Expo. Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

Although a head count wasn’t kept due to there being several entrance points, it was estimated that well over 200 people attended the event. A formal evaluation summary will be provided as part of the reporting activities for the NI Community Health Promotion Plan. Anectdotally the reports from those who attended and many of the exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive with a positive “vibe” being reported by many people.

The Expo is a great example of the community coming together, both to pull together to organise the logistics and then to open up to the whole community to come along and talk, listen and learn from each other.

There are so many individuals, organisations, community groups, businesses and service providers to thank that the list would be longer than the space available, so a big thank you yorlye to everyone involved and let’s look forward to an even bigger and better Expo next year

Karen Innes-Walker

Health and wellbeing Coordinator

15 July 2019

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