When struggling with literacy can be a life and death issue

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Back at the beginning of 2018 we were contacted by Tasmanian superstar Rosie Martin who you might know as the 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year for her work teaching literacy and communication to prisioners. Rosie asked us to contribute a short article that would outline how poor literacy skills affects the people we work with day to day. Our article makes up just part of a huge body of work that Rosie has pooled together for a project called Communicating: The Heart of Literacy. It's a public dialogue about communication, literacy, enablement, collaboration, and relational trust and we'd encourage you to head to www.chattermatters.com.au to read some incredible Tasmanian stories. Recently our article appeared in The Mercury - click through to have a read.

City Mission tries to flick the habit with a little help

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Quitting smoking is hard. Really hard. That's why having help from your workplace to QUIT is really really valuable. We're excited to be working with the Launceston's City Mission on their #mission2quit program and we were chuffed when a heap of news reporters turned up to cover this amazing program, from Southern Cross News, Win News, ABC local radio and The Examiner. Click through to read the article that featured in The Examiner.

'Booster' for GPs on how to talk vaccines with parents

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We've been working on an awesome project with The Royal flying Doctor service for some years now called Right as Rain. Put simply, we work with locals to find out where they need support to improve the health of their community, then we find the funds and get the job done! One of the issues that's been identified in a few communitites recently is helping doctors talk with parents to improve immunisation rates. Well.... we brought in an expert, called in the news crews and packed out a room in Ulverstone! The program featured on Southern Cross News, Win News, ABC Northern Tasmania and featured in The Advocate TWICE. Click through to read the story.

Love a good news story? I doubt it.

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Earlier this week I was sitting on the couch, telly was on, I was scrolling through my phone and suddenly BAM! Something as simple as a powerpoint slide posted on Instagram created a hundred pictures in my head, made me feel about a thousand things and spurred me into action (it was a busy 10 seconds in my head).

Physio Tasmania had posted a picture of a graph from the World Health Organisation letting me know that Physical Inactivity is the 4th ‘leading cause of attributable global mortality and burden of disease’ aka: likely reason for death and illness… and there I was sitting on the couch.

Did I get up and do ten squats? No. Did I look at myself in the mirror in disgust? No. Did I text a friend to organise a walk or a PT session? No. Did I think about who those inactive people were and what they might be doing right at the moment? Yes. Did I wonder what the extra challenges are that’s stopping some people, clearly many people, do what they know would make them healthier and live better, longer lives? Yes  

Perhaps some of them were sitting on the couch staring at Instagram.

One of the big reasons I joined forces with my sister Lucy to create our company Healthy Tasmania was to help support all people to live the best life they can. We do that by leading projects which help improve the individual, social and economic health of our communities, supporting people to be as well as they can be, for as long as they can be. We believe making and sharing real stories is an important part of this, as it allows people to see things from perspectives they may not have considered. It makes people feel something. However, lately, I’ve been grappling with how to do this well.

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Talking Point: Open floodgates to jobs boom | The Mercury

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PENNY TERRY and LUCY BYRNE, Mercury

A well-versed health expert once explained the problem of our health system: We keep parking ambulances at the bottom of the cliff — what we need is a good strong fence at the top.

In Tasmania, we only have a couple of danger signs at the top of that cliff despite a capable workforce of fence builders busting to come and get the job done.

I’d argue that the correct investment in preventative health would bring about an economic boom; not only would it lead to an eventual reduction in public spending on acute health, a growing budget problem universally, it would open the floodgates to a torrent of clever innovation already happening in the sector which is focused on keeping people well for longer and out of hospitals. 

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