Improving and Integrating Urban Indigenous Health Services

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 12 week cycle, with clients able to participate in one cycle. Once clients have completed a cycle, they will graduate from the program with the skills to self-manage their health needs. They will also be individually prescribed an exercise program and will have an awareness of various supports offered in their local community. The program remains flexible in supporting client’s health and family needs and is one of many of the Exercise Physiology Services IUIH has to offer.

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. This program is developed around the clients goals, local community and home environment and individual needs and preferences to support them to take the steps towards self-management upon graduation.

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 can enter the WIO program by General Practitioner referral.