A rapid transition to the online space by the Diabetes WA prevention team will ensure thousands of Western Australians have access to a program that will help them build a healthier future.
The Let’s Prevent program has been running in the South West region since late 2018, but as it relied on group interaction, it was paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using lessons learned from the previous 18 months, the prevention team were able to devise an alternate model of program delivery, that still provides participants with personalised advice and support.
Instead of a face-to-face sessions, participants will begin their journey with a phone call or video conference with a Let’s Prevent facilitator.
From there, participants will be able to complete a series of online video modules before again speaking with a facilitator who will help them set their own attainable and sustainable health goals.
Once these have been set, participants will have access to ongoing support via additional phone calls and video conferencing. They will also be able to join a closed Facebook group to liaise with others in the program, and they will be able to link in with other healthy living programs such as Get on Track.
“The original Let’s Prevent program is an early intervention initiative designed to educate, inform and empower those at high risk of chronic disease to make better lifestyle choices about food, physical activity, alcohol consumption and other factors,” explained Alisha Miles, Diabetes WA Prevention Manager.
“This alternate model of delivery allows people to take part in this program, while remaining as safe as possible at this time.”
Learn more about Let’s Prevent Online, and register for the program.
The Let’s Prevent program is a fulfilment of a State Government election commitment in 2017.
With continuing support from the Department of Health, Diabetes WA is planning to roll out the program to the Midwest later this year.