FCATA – Blog 1

This is a first blog for the Fraser Coast Aqua Therapy Association.  It is made available to all interested parties, i.e. potential participants, volunteers, professional therapists, and the like who want to be involved with this program.

The program is to help and offer Fraser Coast marginalised residents who suffer from handicaps, disabilities and assorted mobility issues, an aqua therapy based program.  The program is enough interest is generated will apply to the Federal and State Governments to become part of their Healthier Communities Initiative program.   This FCATA program is a ‘not for profit’ project – and we are currently seeking ‘indications of interest’ from local residents on many levels.  These levels might include potential participants, volunteers,  fund-raising, serving on Committee, helping with transport and pool activities, it might be in Web site administration, or Government Grant and funding applications.  This is a start-up program and any advice about your interest level is most welcome.

Indications of interest will stay open through to the end of March 2011.

That message started this morning  – 19th Jan ’11, when the Fraser Coast Chronicle ran a story, about an issue associated with the program – it can be viewed using this link.

This story is a start and will hopefully draw broader community interest.

This post is all about the positives that a program like this will and can do for the Fraser Coast region.  It will be a better and more successful program if Council can support the program.  Efforts to date have not been encouraging – and regardless of comments made in the linked story above – there is evidence from Council to the contrary.

A big issue will be how Council responds to its pool pricing structures for ‘concession card’ holders now that its discriminate policies toward this demographic has been exposed.  The daily entry discount mentioned in the story is not a concession or disability card discount, but a ‘rehabilitation discount’ that can only be obtained if it is accompanied by a Doctors certificate. That point is important on the context of this Council’s pool pricing policy.  Without that Doctors certificate – nobody gets a discount to the ‘general public’ admission prices.

By comparison, Gladstone Council provides ‘free’ access to their Council pool between 8:00-9:00 am  – Monday to Friday, for all or any concession card holder.  They also have an Aqua Therapy program that has been running for 22 years.  Their program is funded under a Home and Community Care program (HACC), has some 100 participants, 6 part-time professional staff, a host of volunteers, and permanent part-time staff running the administration.  Gladstone Council provide upwards of $40,000 in free pool time over the year to help the program.   It is a business model that we hope to be able to emulate for the Fraser Coast region.

Please, if you know of someone who would be aided by an aqua therapy/exercise program, please make them aware of this information about the proposed program.  The link to get more information about FCATA and submit your interest level data is:  Interest Level Data Submissions.
Cheers all … bleyzie …
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  1. Warwick
    January 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Bleyzie,
    I simply want to congratulate you for having the tenacity and courage to see this through.
    Our public servants are just that. Public Servants. They are given this exalted office to serve the public and enjoy many rewards as such. They are not appointed to look after self interest or sectional interests. They are to serve the community at large.
    The Chronicle article states such a lifestyle program will reduce demand for doctors ambulances and the 3rd escapes me. How about mental health? The demand on psychologists is now a crisis in itself. The supply is limited, and therefore attracts second rate practitioners. Before the last federal election both parties were promising higher commitment to many areas of health and particularly mental health.
    Research into all of the above shows exercise and an attachment is a preventative measure. Swimming is one of the best aerobic exercises for anyone with joint issues.
    Under the Federal Mental Health Care Plan the government is paying roughly $1000 per annum by way of rebates to any person referred by a doctor to an applied psychologist and the number increases to over $1300 if they are referred to a clinical psychologist. Those numbers are just a start. There is more.
    Consider if 10 or 20% of that money was efficiently allocated to community groups, such as the Fraser Coast Aqua-Therapy and lifestyle program, would this have greater benefit. The current regime is to keep the elderly in their homes as long as possible, while ever they are safe. In retirement homes and villages aqua therapy and other like programs flourish. You can only wonder why Fraser Coast Council has taken so long to actually do their job and serve the people.
    When is your next local election?

  2. January 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    There were 2 comments posted about the story in the Fraser Coast Chronicle today via the papers on-line response. They are pasted below:

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    Posted by ‘theseagull’ from Hervey Bay Dc, Queensland

    19 January 2011 10:20 a.m. |

    Fair Dinkum $1.40 for 4 visits is cheap as chips Ian…but if that is to much you can accsess to the water and get it for free it is called the beach and it is there 24/7.

    Pools cost money to run! You use it you pay for it.

    Really have a look around we are lucky to have what we have!

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    Posted by Recycled from Hervey Bay, Queensland

    19 January 2011 11:46 a.m. |

    I can’t believe you’re complaining about $1.40 for 4 visits per week!

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    Its very early days and what these comments are responding to – are some misrepresentation made by ‘spokespersons’ from Council who made comments that were untrue – for example – the Fraser Coast Council does not have a ‘concession card’ price for any pool admission – everybody pays the same price except for a ‘REHAB’ discounts of 50% for daily entry – and it must be accompanied by a Doctors certificate before you can claim the discount – the way the Councils Fees schedule is set up – someone on Workcover could qualify for the discount –

    You name a public entity service who does not offer pension discounts to the general public price – The $1.40 for 4 times a week entry is the ‘general public’ price – and pensioners are the ‘general public’ when it comes to this Council and how it treats the greater demographic in this community.

    What about the aged and frail who need the heated pool? … or those requiring specialised transport to even get to a pool? … the comments made here are very naive and sponsored by ignorance on what the story was really about …

    To make a further point and add the unemployed, single mothers, and other ‘concession-card’ holders in addition the the aged and disability demographics … it could very easily be debated that the ‘concession-card’ holders are subsidising the entry price for the ‘general public’.

    … bleyzie.

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