Since 2005 NCACCH has been hosting the Well Person’s Health Check Day (WPHC Day), alternating between the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions each year. This community event is sponsored by Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) and Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN.
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has supported the day since 2013 by providing adult general health checks and this year we were excited to welcome University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in 2017 to conduct child education health checks.
The aim of WPHC Day is to educate and increase awareness of the health issues affecting our community. Community members are provided with the opportunity to complete general and sexual health checks and encouraged to follow up with their local GP for a Aboriginal Health Assessment (715). Influenza vaccinations are also available on the day.
Local organisations (Indigenous and Non-Indigenous) hold information stalls to promote their services by linking in and liaising with the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. Healthy cooking demonstrations, cultural and diabetes workshops are held throughout the day, as well as a free lunch and entertainment for everyone.
WPHC Days are extremely successful and are a great forum for bringing community members together whilst taking care of their health.