Shaping a healthy community

FORMER Western Australian premier Dr Geoff Gallop will deliver the keynote address at the Western Australian Community Foundation’s ‘Essential Ingredients for a Healthy Community’ summit on Friday June 9 at the University Club of WA. Dr Gallop and other guest speakers will share their vision and ideas about how to shape the future health of Western Australians. Guest speakers for the morning include; • Professor Robert Donovan, Curtin University Behavioral Research, Division of Health Sciences, will talk about the positive impact of encouraging people to be more physically and socially active in their community. • Professor Billie Giles-Corti, University of Western Australia, Health Promotion Research and Evaluation Group, will look at how the design of communities affects people’s leisure time activities, transport patterns, health and sense of community. • Kim Snowball, St John of God Health Care, group director Social Outreach and Advocacy, will provide an insight into how businesses are engaging with community to help promote future sustainability, and what communities can do to encourage partnerships. • Professor Lyle Palmer, WA Institute for Medical Research, Laboratory for Genetic Epidemiology, will discuss the complex interplay of how our environment and lifestyle affects our physical and mental health. A series of workshops will be held in the afternoon so participants can engage with experienced guest speakers on topics including corporate social responsibility and the community. The workshop facilitators are Curtin University lecturer Trevor Goddard, Lisa Wood of the UWA Social Capital Research Project, Innovative Leadership Australia director David Beurle, and Trish Travers, coordinator Mental Health Promo, Mentally Healthy WA. Inquiries can be made to the WA Community Foundation on 9323 5556.

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