Work it Out

The Work it Out (WIO) program is a culturally responsive, chronic condition self-management program that has been implemented since 2011 across participating Community Controlled Health Services (CCHSs) in South East Queensland.

The WIO program runs on a successive 11 week cycle, with clients able to participate in a number of WIO sessions per week (dependent on client and location demands) in gym and/or hydrotherapy based settings. The program has flexible entry and exit points, allowing participants to be absent from the program and return at a later time.

A WIO session is led by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and delivered in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of Allied Health professionals. Each WIO session consists of a group education session delivered by a variety of health professionals in a culturally appropriate yarning style. Each client participates in an individually tailored exercise prescription developed by an AEP and performed in a supportive group setting.

The program not only provides a safe and supported setting for exercise, but an opportunity for clients to stay socially and culturally connected.

By coming to WIO, our clients have seen improvements in their:

  • Confidence and ability in managing their health and wellness.
  • Cardiovascular fitness.
  • Muscular strength and endurance.
  • Balance and movement in day to day tasks.
  • Mental health and wellbeing.

WIO is currently being delivered from IUIH clinics in the following locations: Morayfield, Strathpine Deception Bay, Woolloongabba, Goodna, Miami, Capalabla, Wynnum, North Stradbroke Island, Woodridge and Northgate.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with, or at risk of, a chronic disease enter the WIO program by General Practitioner referral.

The health and wellbeing outcomes from this program have been published, and are available here.