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Former Warracknabeal student Johanna Parker delivered a strong message of health and wellbeing at the Seasons of Wellness opening in Warracknabeal.

Yarriambiack’s new health and wellbeing campaign was launched in Warracknabeal after a successful opening in Hopetoun. Author Paul Noble was guest speaker at the Hopetoun event.

Ms Parker is a life coach, counsellor and speaker based in Melbourne. Her interactive presentation challenged the crowd to assess their key values for decision making and to uncover what was most important to them in a relationship.

Rural Northwest Health Community Health manager Ngareta Melgren said the audience were actively involved in the presentation.

“The message on wellness from Johanna was a very positive one,” Ms Melgren said.

“Johanna talked about relationships both between family and couples and she helped people reflect on their relationships,” she said.

“She also had an important message for people with mental health issues.”

Ms Melgren said she was surprised that there weren’t more people attend the event because it was a great opportunity for the Warracknabeal community.

“Johanna was a very good speaker and those who attended took away some great wellness tools that will contribute to their health and wellbeing,” she said. “We had about 40 people attend and they came from as far as Birchip and Horsham just to hear Johanna so I thought we might have had more locals there. “She was certainly the ideal person to launch the Seasons of Wellness in Warracknabeal and so was Paul Noble ideal for Hopetoun.”

Warracknabeal Neighbourhood House manager Karen Fuller said she was looking forward to future events planned on the Seasons of Wellness calendar.

“The openings were a great opportunity to hear inspirational speakers and a terrific way to launch the Seasons of Wellness in both communities,” Ms Fuller said. “I’m looking forward to the events planned and I want to remind people to register with us so they can be informed of these upcoming events,” she said.

“They can email us here at Neighbourhood House.” The address is:

The Seasons of Wellness program will centre on a series of events and activities to keep the Hopetoun, Beulah and Warracknabeal communities well at home. Projects will include road shows, Community Health strategies, a pop-up university and countless other activities.

Events planned for the near future include an RNH road show announcing new programs available, beginning in Woomelang on June 1 and includes Hopetoun, Beulah and Warracknabeal, the COMMUNIversiTY weekend in Warracknabeal on June 13 and 14, an Arthritis Victoria presentation in Warracknabeal on July 14 and Hopetoun on July 15 and a Prostate Cancer session at Giants Football Clubrooms, Hopetoun on July 2.

The organisations facilitating Seasons of Wellness are Yarriambiack Shire, Warracknabeal Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre, Hopetoun’s Gateway BEET, Hopetoun District Neighbourhood House and Rural Northwest Health.

The program was borne out of community consultation during the Community Action Research Group study that was governed by Rural Northwest Health and La Trobe University.

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