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MOVE muscle, bone & joint health is delighted to welcome you to the fourth edition of the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) eNewsletter.  
Working with our collaborating partners, Fitness Australia and Monash University, the VAAP eNewsletter aims to share information and experiences from the field and act as a linking mechanism between organisations, groups and clubs that provide physical activity opportunities for older Victorians.
Why not consider writing an article for one of our future editions? If you would like to let other service providers know of your physical activity programs for older people that are working well, are innovative, that involve partnership approaches and/or from which your learnings and experiences would be worth sharing, email us at
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VAAP Update
Year Two of VAAP is under way
Following on from the highly successful first year of the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership, a range of initiatives have already commenced in Year Two. 

VAAP Research and Practice Forum 2017
Excellent feedback was received from the 200+ people who attended the VAAP Research and Practice Forum in 2016 and the date of Thursday 24 August for the 2017 Forum is now set. READ MORE
VAAP Project Advisory Group playing a key role
The VAAP Coordination Team wishes to acknowledge the great work by the VAAP Project Advisory Group, which consists of a range of stakeholder representatives. READ MORE
Health assessment and physical activity
During Year One of VAAP, it was evident that some organisations require some form of health assessment of older people prior to their participation in organised physical activity (i.e. group-based activity or prescribed exercise), while others don't.
Stakeholder Spotlight
Transitioning clients to a gym made easy
The growing demand for group exercise services at Sunbury Community Health meant that they had to make transition pathways to community exercise initiatives a primary focus.
Partnering for better health and wellbeing
Link Health and Community has found that partnering with a local council and neighbourhood houses brings improved results in service provision.

Caulfield Physical Activity program a winner
With 82 weekly sessions (56 strength training and 26 ‘Activate’) for nearly 850 participants, the Caulfield Community Health Service Physical Activity Program is reaching a large number of older people.  READ MORE
Active ageing program at Keon Park home
The fully equipped gym at Southern Cross Care Keon Park enables all residents, regardless of their physical and mental capacity, to have access to some aspect of supervised exercise within the home. READ MORE

Get moving with 'Move for Life'
In February Gymnastics Victoria launched ‘Move for Life', a fun and social program that aims to help older adults develop in the areas of mobility, strength, coordination and confidence.

Walking soccer looking for partners
Melbourne City Football Club’s community arm wants to work with other organisations on expanding walking soccer and making it more sustainable.

Research Update
Primary role for physical activity in dementia risk reduction
In a recent study and based on population attributable risks, insufficient physical activity was found to account for most of the cases of dementia in Australia.

Determinants of physical activity adherence among older women
Broadening the reach of physical activity programs for older adults is a priority and, of equal importance, is identifying strategies to facilitate ongoing adherence to these programs so that their benefits can be realised. READ MORE
European guide to effective programs for healthy and active ageing
‘Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Ageing’ was a collaborative project conducted across eight European countries that tested the impact of physical activity programs for inactive 55–65 year olds and identified the attributes of successful delivery.
Stay in the know
Film: 'Active Beyond Running'
The inspirational film shown by Prof Cathie Sherrington at last year’s VAAP Research and Practice Forum is now publicly available. READ MORE
Professional development resource
The filmed recordings of key presentations from the 2016 VAAP Research and Practice Forum are a great resource for the professional development of staff. READ MORE
Important research in the eastern region of Melbourne
Inner East Primary Care Partnership has recently completed comprehensive research about the health and wellbeing needs of older people living in the eastern region of Melbourne. READ MORE
Information and advice on muscle, bone & joint conditions
MOVE muscle, bone & joint health’s national Help Line is staffed by clinically trained nurses and experienced volunteers. READ MORE
It's that time of year again!
Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April…regardless of age, gender, or fitness levels. READ MORE
Upcoming Events
Victorian Active Ageing Partnership 2017 Research and Practice Forum
Thursday 24 August 2017

National Sport Convention
Wednesday 19–Friday 21 July 2017

Webinars on muscle bone & joint conditions
Muscle, bone and joint conditions can often impact on an older person’s ability to be physically active. These webinars for health professionals focus on the evidence-based management of various conditions. READ MORE
World Congress in Melbourne in 2017
The World Congress on Public Health will be in Melbourne next month.
We would love to hear from you!
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