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Welcome & VAAP Overview
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria is delighted to welcome you to the first edition of the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) e-newsletter.  Working with our collaborating partners, Fitness Australia and Monash University, the e-newsletter will 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, especially in areas of socio-economic disadvantage and among isolated, lonely older people currently not involved in physical activity. Relevant research articles will be identified and an update on the activities and progress of the VAAP provided.
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
Please also forward this e-newsletter to your colleagues and networks and encourage them to sign-up here
Stakeholder Spotlight
A Peninsula partnership working well 
Peninsula Health, Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire are working together to provide a successful strength and balance program for older people READ MORE
Screening and assessment beneficial 
Ballarat Community Health is finding that appropriate screening and assessment is a key component in the planning of physical activity for older people
Referral pathways and assertive outreach 
Merri Health is working in partnership with the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership to strengthen access to community health services for older people living in public housing

Chair-based exercise always a winner
Knox City Council has found including chair-based exercise in all their Planned Activity Group sessions is popular with clients READ MORE
Research Update
Influences on older adults' attendance and adherence to community exercise classes
Given the social, psychological and physical health benefits of community and group-based physical activity programs for older people, it is critical to better understand how to promote program uptake and sustained participation READ MORE 
Effectiveness of community-based physical activity interventions for older people in rural and regional areas
It is widely recognised that rural and regional areas experience resource and geographical challenges affecting the delivery of community health programs for older people. The success of different physical activity promotion strategies for older people living in these contexts warrants attention READ MORE
Addressing social isolation and loneliness among older people 
Social isolation is known to negatively impact quality of life among older people, to affect cognitive functioning, risk of chronic disease and mortality. Community-based physical activity programs can potentially assist in tackling this need READ MORE 
Stay in the know
Ever heard of 'parkrun'?
It is always good to hear about physical activities that are sustainable for a variety of age groups (including older people), promote social connection and are free! READ MORE
It's that time of year again!
Just 30 minutes of physical activity during April... regardless of age, gender or fitness levels READ MORE
New YMCA initiative around exercise
'YMCA Exercise Physiology' is a new initiative to provide preventative healthcare to local communities, including older people READ MORE 
Do you know about and use HAnet?
HAnet is an online interactive network that will enable you to discuss and think about 'healthy ageing', and how you encourage people to achieve it

Upcoming Events
World Congress on Active Ageing 
Tuesday 28 June - Friday 1 July 2016 
Victorian Active Ageing Partnership Research and Practice Forum 
'Pathways to Participation: Engaging Older People in Physical Activity' 
Thursday 25 August 2016
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