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26 Jun North West Health Expo 2019: sites still available!

Organisers behind the North West Health Expo 2019 are predicting this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever before, after attracting a record-breaking number of exhibitors to the popular event.

In 2017 the North West Health Expo hosted 31 exhibitors from right across the health sector’, this year the event has already secured a record-breaking 37 exhibitors’ according to organiser Katie Schrodter.

“The Health Expo is the biggest of its kind in the North West and every year since its inception in 2014, it has just kept getting bigger and bigger.

“Already with a larger number of exhibitors than ever before, we’re predicting to also have a record-breaking number of visitors through the doors which is fantastic news for the health of the region.

“Exhibitor sites are still available, but they’re filling up fast! Having already expanded the floor plan, we now have a final eight indoor spaces remaining.

“Once filled, our capacity will reach 45 exhibitors at the Mount Isa Civic Centre. So, if you are a service provider or business from the health, fitness or wellbeing sectors and are not yet involved I urge you please contact me on 0400 089 222 if you don’t want to miss out,” Ms Shrodter said.

Entry is free to the public for the North West Health Expo 2019, from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday 30 August and 10am to 1pm Saturday 31 August.

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07 May Health Expo’s Deadly Choice: Rhonda Purcell

Aboriginal body building champion and Deadly Choices ambassador Rhonda Purcell is set to take the stage at the upcoming North West Health Expo at the end of August this year.

Rene Blackman, CEO of Gidgee Healing, a major partner in the North West Health Expo, said the importance of visible Indigenous roles models like Rhonda Purcell in the community, is invaluable.

“Seeing is believing, it’s important to say ‘See, look, we can do this, you can do this too’.

“Our kids set their sights higher when they have someone to look up to and Rhonda is unmatched,” Renee Blackman said.

Rhonda Purcell is a proud Quandamooka woman, and she’s passionate about teaching the younger generation about how to live well.

“I’ve always had strong ties with community and that’s what I’m all about, giving back to the community.

“Our descendants have paved the way for people, and I honour them. I’m just blown away people would now be looking to me as a role model,” Rhonda Purcell said

Rhonda’s family are the Quandamooka Ngugi and Noonucul people (Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands) and the Koa people (Winton). Rhonda also acknowledges the Wakka Wakka people of Cherbourg as her grandparents raised their family there.

Rhonda is the first Aboriginal PNBA (Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association) Pro Figure & Pro Physique and 2 x times Miss Natural Olympia from World Cup LA & Natural Olympia Las Vegas both international comps representing Australia in the USA.

Rhonda started working out at the gym with the original goal of simply achieving better health for the mind, body, soul and weight loss in 2011.

However, she quickly developed a love for training, boxing and cardio workouts that spurred on her self-determination and drive into a higher level of training and serious competition. She continued her training and combined with a healthy eating plan, lost 12kgs.

She was feeling healthier and happier than she had in years with a new zest for life. In 2012 at age 42 Rhonda started competing at the INBA Queensland Titles. Over the last few years she has literally transformed herself and her life.

Rhonda Purcell will be on site for both days of the Health Expo, along with a host of exhibitors, demonstrations and interactive activities.

Entry is free to the North West Health Expo 2019, from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday 30 August and 10am to 1pm Saturday 31 August.

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15 Apr Celebrity Chef returns to Health Expo

Celebrity Chef, Mark Olive “Black Olive” will cook up a storm at the upcoming North West Health Expo at the end of August.
Professor Sabina Knight, Director of major partner in the North West Health Expo, the Centre for Rural and Remote Health, said it was exciting to have Mark Olive back in the North West for the health expo.

“Mark was a celebrity guest at the first health expo we held in 2014, and it’s wonderful to welcome him back.

“He is Australia’s most celebrated and renowned Indigenous chef and he has a real ability to connect with our community here in the North West.

“In addition, he promotes healthy cooking, healthy living and fuses native Indigenous Australian ‘bush tucker’ with contemporary cooking style to present something quite unique,” Professor Knight said.

As an extra this year, Black Olive will be sharing his knowledge of Indigenous herbs and spices from his Indigenous Spice Box.
A proud Bunjalung man, Mark’s family originated in the Northern Rivers region in NSW, and he was born in Wollongong. He became interested in cooking as a child, after watching his mother and aunties prepare meals. He trained under a European chef and has worked in a variety of kitchen environments from theatres, universities and à la carte restaurants around the world, as well as cooking in the bush, and in the earth. He has also hosted cooking, lifestyle and travel shows on television such as The Chefs Line, On Country Kitchen andhis Outback Café series screening all around the world.

Black Olive will be on site for appearances both days of the Health Expo, along with a host of exhibitors, demonstrations and interactive activities.

Entry is free to the North West Health Expo 2019, from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday 30 August and 10am to 1pm Saturday 31 August.

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19 Oct Health Expo returns in 2019 with broadened horizons

The region’s popular Health Expo will return to Mount Isa in 2019 with a new name, as Lisa Davies Jones, Chair of the Health Expo Working Group explains.

“We have re-named the Health Expo, from Mount Isa Health Expo to the North West Health Expo, given the breadth of health services represented at the biennial event.

“We wanted to achieve consistency of branding across the region and not limit ourselves or the services represented, to Mount Isa.

“There is a lot of movement across the North West from many providers including the major partners in the Expo.

“Collaboratively our health services cover as far and wide as Mornington Island to Dajarra, from Camooweal to Julia Creek and many places in between.”

The North West Health Expo will be held at the Mount Isa Civic Centre on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August 2019.

“This will be the fourth hosting of the event and with its growing reputation there is a great deal of enthusiasm from our partners and all involved.

“We will shortly be opening up opportunities for sponsors and health, wellness and active lifestyle exhibitors to join us,” Ms Davies Jones said.

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17 Aug Ninja Warrior Jack Wilson to show off his ‘deadly talents’ at the Isa Health Expo

Kalkadoon man and proud Mount Isa boy Jack Wilson aka Deadly Ninja; an extreme athlete who epitomises good health, is heading back to Mount Isa on Friday 25 August to make special guest appearances at the Mount Isa Health Expo (Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August).

Australian Ninja Warrior finalist and calisthenics guru, Jack will give an inspirational presentation at the Mount Isa Civic Centre, the venue for the Health Expo at 3.30pm Friday, and will engage children and young people in a “Deadly Ninja Challenge” at 11.30am on Saturday.

Famous for his “Deadly Budgies” outfit in the nine networks first ever Australian Ninja Warrior competition, Jack’s can-do positive attitude and easy-going nature makes him an inspiration to young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. He has a strong passion for life, health and fitness, and is looking forward to sharing his inspirational journey of how health, nutrition and fitness helped him change his life.

Entry is free to the Mount Isa Health Expo 12 noon to 6pm on Friday 25 August and 10am to 1pm Saturday 26 August.

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14 Aug Plenty of activities and some surprises at Mount Isa Health Expo 2017

With all initially planned exhibitor stalls sold out, the Mount Isa Health Expo has organised extra stalls for those wanting to exhibit at the popular Health Expo, says Chief Executive of the North West Hospital and Health Service, Lisa Davies Jones.

“We’ve got lots of activities and interactive displays planned, with plenty of entertainment for both children and adults, and someone will even walk away with the lucky door prize: a team-signed match-worn Cowboys jersey at the end of the weekend!

“We also have a health circuit competition, courtesy of the Irish Club Gym, whereby entrants need to get a stamp from every exhibitor to win a twelve month Irish Club gym membership and three personal training sessions,” Ms Davies Jones said.

The third hosting of the event; children are also set to be entertained with a special children’s corner, a colouring in competition, a jumping castle on the Civic Centre lawn, and face painting with Smudges.

Aimed at providing an insight into the wide array of health related services available to the Mount Isa community and surrounding region there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to get physical over the two day program with dance, fitness and even yoga demonstrations to join.

“Local dance academy Dream It, Live It (Di-Li) will conduct dance demonstrations for children and adults; Anytime Fitness will get us going with a Tabata class, the Mount Isa Irish Dancers will be demonstrating their amazing talents, and the Outback Line Dancers will keep us all in line,” Ms Davies Jones said.

“There are still opportunities to be get involved with this significant event, and we hope to announce some more surprise appearances in the next week,” she said.

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13 Jul Health services working together for Mount Isa Health Expo 2017

Health service providers in the North West and James Cook University are all working together to ensure people attending the upcoming Mount Isa Health Expo are able to access the health services they need, according to Professor Sabina Knight, director of Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, one of the partners of the Expo.

“We have now got 25 individual exhibitors and more than 30 exhibits locked in, ranging from health funds and disability services to clinicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, dieticians and even sporting groups.

“We have a great mix of health service providers and key community organisations, bringing together industry and the public in an interactive fashion by showcasing a range of health, wellness, health careers and active lifestyle exhibits,” Professor Knight said.

“It’s going to be a fun and inspiring celebration of wellness, good health and career opportunities.”

Special guest appearances and a full program of displays are planned, as well as a number of free coinciding workshops supported by the Northern branch of the Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre.

Husband and wife team Logan and Jillian Ballantyne of occupational therapy based company, Making Progress, are delivering two workshops – one on Dementia and one on Autism.

Townsville based Making Progress provides a home care option for the ageing, medically diagnosed and those with a disability, needing specialist care and who wish to remain living independently in their homes.

Logan Ballantyne will host information based workshops on the progression of Dementia and strategies for accommodating changes.

Jillian Ballantyne‘s workshops will focus on Autism – behavioural vs disordered.

Key partners and sponsors for the 2017 Mount Isa Health Expo are Glencore Mount Isa Mines, North West Hospital and Health Service, North and West Remote Health, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Western Queensland Primary Health Network, Gidgee Healing, Irish Club Gym, Lead Alliance and Young People Ahead. Southern Cross and HitFM and the North West Star have sponsored media coverage.

“There are still opportunities to be get involved with this significant event.

“With limited exhibitor and interactive display spaces available, it’s the place to be,” Professor Knight said.

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14 Jun Sites going for Mount Isa Health Expo 2017

With two thirds of the exhibitors’ sites gone already, the third Mount Isa Health Expo is looking to be bigger and better than previous ones, according to organiser Katie Shrodter.

“The Mount Isa Health Expo 2017 (Friday 25 – Saturday 26 August) will cater to all walks of life, all ages and stages of health.

“There’ll be something for everyone, with interactive displays and demonstrations that will encourage people to participate and learn more about their own health and how to have a healthier lifestyle,” Ms Shrodter said.

Children’s activities were being built into the program, with point of care blood lead testing, oral health care education and displays, face painting, and other activities to engage children.
Ms Shrodter said she was in discussion with some sports and media celebrities and was hoping to attract at least one big name to the Health Expo.
“It’s been our experience that well known celebrities enjoy the opportunity to come to the Outback and share their stories, and this is a great opportunity for us to be inspired by a key note speaker or performer.”
Key sponsors have come on board, including Glencore Mount Isa Mines, North West Hospital and Health Service, North and West Remote Health, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Western Queensland Primary Health Network, Gidgee Healing, Irish Club Gym, Lead Alliance and Young People Ahead. Southern Cross and HitFM and the North West Star have sponsored media coverage.

“There is still an opportunity to be a sponsor for this significant event, and there are still exhibitor spaces available,” Ms Shrodter said. She can be contacted on 0400 089 222.

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11 Apr Health Expo 2017 scheduled for August

A date has been decided for this year’s Mount Isa Health Expo, which will be held at the city’s Civic Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August, showcasing the region’s health, wellbeing and fitness services.

A line up of local celebrities, with healthy food demonstrations, live performances and interactive displays is planned for the third Mount Isa Health Expo.

The Health Expo will kick off with an industry only morning, which was initiated at the 2015 Health Expo, from 10am – 12pm Friday August 25, with the Expo then open to the public, from 12pm – 6pm and again from 9am – 1pm Saturday August 26.

Planning for the Expo has been underway since December 2016, with a working group of the region’s major health providers: the North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS), the Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN), the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH), North and West Remote Health (NWRH) and Gidgee Healing.

Chief Executive of the NWHHS, Lisa Davies Jones said in addition to support from the major health service providers, the Health Expo would also benefit from generous sponsorship from the Glencore Mount Isa Mines Community Assistance Program.

“We are thrilled to have some financial support from Glencore Mount Isa Mines once again, with a $5,500 grant from their Community Assistance Program, which will certainly help make the Health Expo even bigger and better than in 2015.”

General Manager for Health, Safety, Environment and Community for Glencore North Queensland, Maryann Wipaki, said the results of the 2016 Glencore Community Attitudes Survey showed that increased access to improved health and medical facilities was a high priority for our community.

“These results help us to ensure we’re targeting initiatives that address the areas of interest within our community,” Ms Wipaki said.

“As a major sponsor of the Mount Isa Health Expo, we are pleased to support initiatives that increase awareness and access to resources and services that promote a healthy lifestyle, these services assist Mount Isa with being a healthy, happy and vibrant place to live.”

Ms Davies Jones acknowledged it was difficult to get a date and venue that didn’t clash with other events in the region.

“We know this is a slight clash with the Camooweal Drovers’ Festival, which runs from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August, but with so many exciting events and so many entertainment acts and shows scheduled for the year we have had a great deal of difficulty finding a venue and date that is available; so short of having our Health Expo near Christmas, this was our best suited option.”

“Hopefully people will be able to fit both events into this busy weekend.”

The Exhibitor and Sponsorship prospectus for the 2017 Mount Isa Health Expo will be available soon, with a range of display booths available for health, wellbeing and fitness providers.

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21 Jul Second Mount Isa Health Expo Doubles the Success

The second annual Mount Isa Health Expo held over the weekend has been hailed as an overwhelming success, with over 1000 people attending the event which developed from a partnership between local healthcare providers.

North West Hospital and Health Board Chair, Mr Paul Woodhouse said the organisers for the 2015 Mount Isa Health Expo were overjoyed the attendance had doubled from last year, providing a perfect opportunity for the Mount Isa community to work closer together to improve the appalling health statistics.

“The 2015 Mount Isa Health Expo was an overwhelming success, in terms of the opportunity to interact with wellness themed entertainment, demonstrations and exhibitors, as well as the public support and attendance,” Mr Woodhouse said.

There were approximately 40 exhibitors and poster displays, as well as interactive activities offered at the Mount Isa Civic Centre during the two day free event.

The highlight of the two day program were celebrity guests who reinforced the health message, indigenous Country singing star Troy Cassar-Daley and healthy cooking demonstration by Daniel Churchill.

Both celebrities were generous with their time, mingling with the crowd and exhibitors to offer a hug, a selfie or an autograph before and after their scheduled performances.

Troy Cassar-Daley told the crowd he had a definite attachment to the “Isa” and hoped to continue his regular visits. His set list was a mix of songs from his album “Freedom Ride”, as well as “Fred Brophy’s in Town” written in Mount Isa and “Dream Out Loud” which he dedicated to Kalkadoon Elder, Mr Ron Page.

Before his healthy cooking demonstration, Daniel Churchill described his training and work with the NSW Waratahs Super rugby side demonstrating his passion for sport, nutrition and cooking. Local Mount Isa TAFE student and third year apprentice chef, Sarah Borrell was involved in assisting Mr Churchill to prepare the tasty Chicken, Pumpkin and Quinoa dish he prepared on the day.

Mr Churchill also took part in the mini lawn bowls display held on the Civic Centre front lawn. As expected the first end was taken out by the Captain of the Australian Lawn Bowling team, Brett Wilkie, despite the hope of the local participants that the long grass and uneven ground might prove to bring everyone back to an “even” playing level.

Townsville City Councillor, Cr Pat Ernst took out the second end, despite strong competition by Mount Isa City Councillor, Cr Joyce McCulloch, Paul Woodhouse, Prof. Sabina Knight and Brett Oates.

Public and exhibit staff alike jumped up from the stalls to take up the opportunity to participate and be guided through some simple moves for Zumba, a 7 minute workout, Irish Dancing and Line Dancing.

This year’s expo also provided an exclusive opportunity for industry only invitees and exhibitors. The keynote addresses were provided by Acting Chief Executive of Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative, Mr Brett Oates who explained the changes for Primary Health, and the Mayor of Mount Isa, the Hon. Cr Tony McGrady who spoke of the changing role in health for the City Council.

The final address was very personal and a moving account from Major Dave Hopgood regarding post traumatic stress disorder. Major Hopgood shared pictures and his story as a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force and his passion for his work as Ambassador to Solider On.

Mr Woodhouse closed the 2015 Mount Isa Health Expo, relaying the apologies and generous praise for the event by the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, the Hon Cameron Dick MP who was unable to attend due to Parliamentary and Budget Week duties.

Mr Woodhouse went on to thank organisers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff and the public for their support and partnership to stage the 2015 Mount Isa Health Expo.

“I have been inspired by the passion for improving health outcomes within the very proactive exhibitors and local health related services,” Mr Woodhouse said.

“Every day, I am in awe of not only what they do, but also their work to bring about innovation and real changes which improve the future for health in the North West.”

Mr Woodhouse said that few things had given him greater pleasure than the shared work in the health industry and he was excited by the opportunities to improve and innovate together.

“We work with great staff, a great regional community and great service providers and partners who are continually talking together better,” Mr Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse described the expo concept as an innovative partnership between health providers in the North West – showing the way forward for communities to improve their health and social outcomes.

“After this year’s expo, the community will walk away with some health info and advice, as well as picking up some fun skills and enjoyable entertainment,” he said.

“Together we have to seek better ways to put a dint in our health statistics for the good of all of our North West families.”

Feedback received on the event to date has been overwhelming positive and a public survey will be circulated shortly. Details of the survey, together with details of the competition winners will be available via www.northwesthealthexpo.com.au as well as the dedicated facebook page.

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