UQ Healthy Living welcomed Five Good Friends ambassador and positive ageing advocate Ita Buttrose AO OBE to its Toowong premises this week, to share how its integrated health and lifestyle programs are transforming Brisbane’s over 50s.

As a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year, Ms Buttrose’ name has become synonymous with successful ageing.

Before touring UQHL facilities, Ms Buttrose spoke on behalf of home care provider Five Good Friends at the ‘CHAT Speaker Series’ about the importance of maintaining fitness and sociability.

“Not enough (health professionals) recommend the need to improve balance through exercise to prevent falls,” Ms Buttrose said.

“I believe improving balance is a really neglected area of improving seniors’ health.”

Clinical Director and physiotherapist Simon Whitehart introduced Ms Buttrose to seniors engaging in exercise programs designed to improve specific vulnerabilities, like poor balance and strength, while on the UQHL tour.

“We’re excited to share with Five Good Friends how our programs work and introduce Ita to some of the people who have had their lives transformed since joining our community,” Mr Whitehart said.

The clinic, developed by The University of Queensland and UQ Health Care, promotes healthy ageing and wellbeing in older adults by providing assessments and interventions in exercise, diet and lifestyle.

“We want to help our clients remain as healthy, active and independent as they can be.”

Clinical educators such as Mr Whitehart are leaders in their field and closely guide UQ students as they contribute to the patient journey.

Treatment is informed by the latest research as students bring new teachings and innovation to the front line of healthcare.

Bringing together services in dietetics, exercise and sports science, clinical exercise physiology, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and psychology, patients can access individual consults and small group activities as part of their tailored plan.

Inga Cahill M: 0402 900 121