UQ clinic to aid healthy ageing

18 Jul 2018

Healthy ageing and wellbeing is the focus of a new community-based clinic launched by The University of Queensland today (Friday 1 June).

UQ Healthy Living will offer assessments and interventions in exercise, diet and lifestyle to support better health for older people.

Using an interprofessional approach to healthcare, the clinic will offer dietetics, exercise and sports science, nursing, physiotherapy, clinical exercise physiology, dental screening, counselling and psychology.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean, Professor Bruce Abernethy, said the clinic would draw on the latest research from around the world to tackle the challenges of an ageing population.

“UQ has some of the highest calibre researchers, teachers and scholars in Australia interested in healthy ageing,” Professor Abernethy said.

“UQ Healthy Living enables the translation of the latest research and emerging advice on cognitive, physical, mental and social wellbeing into practice, addressing contemporary, real-world health concerns.”

Under the supervision of qualified staff, student practitioners will design tailored programs to meet the individual needs of clients, offering the best possible assessment, care and treatment.

Along with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, UQ Healthy Living clients will have access to Helsinki University Research (HUR) exercise, strength and aerobic equipment.

HUR computerised machines use air resistance exercise equipment and smart card technology that is specially designed to meet the training and rehabilitation goals of the older community.

GPs, primary care health professionals and hospital health services will be able to refer patients to the clinic, and clients can also self-refer.

UQ Healthy Living is located at Centra, Level 3, 37 Archer Street, Toowong.

Media: Dani Nash, UQ Communications, dani.nash@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 3035, @UQhealth.