Active Community Partnerships
Tropical North Queensland TAFE
Sonya Barber is a teacher in the Community Recreation and Fitness Department. She has numerous Qualifications and offers Diploma Courses that includes the Steady Steps Falls Prevention manual. Her graduates gain the necessary qualifications that PACI needs to appoint Team Leaders in the Community Hub program. Sonya is a keen Fitness Australia advocate for PACI.
James Cook University Campus in Cairns
In 2012 PACI teamed up with the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science to conduct research evidence on the benefits of the Steady Steps classes in Seniors. Kelly Sinclair was the researcher. The report is still being written.
The Community & Primary Prevention Services Trent Young heads up the Cardiac & Pulmonary Education, Rehabilitation & Self Management Team at Cairns North Queensland Health Facility. Patients completing the program are referred to the Steady Steps Falls Prevention Program.
Cairns Regional Council
In 2010 via Council grant monies PACI was able to open an office and have sufficient funds to run the office for 3 years. In 2014, following a delegation to the full Council PACI gained grant monies for the next 3 years to 2017.
FNQDocs is the local division for General Practitioners. GP’s are supportive of the Steady Steps program in that all GP’s in their Medical Centres now have a REFERRAL form on their computer. They will refer their seniors to PACI to register for the classes. Steady Steps flyers are avaialble in the centres.
Calanna Pharmacy Group
Patron Mario Calanna and his team supports the Steady Steps classes in speaking opportunities at the Community Hubs on health matters. The Steady Steps brochures are also available in the pharmacies the group owns.