Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

There are some great initiatives across Queensland already making healthy happen.  Whether it’s our very own programs, or great initiatives from other organisations, we’ve collated them here for your convenience. Enjoy.

Strengthen your business by improving workplace health and wellbeing. To learn how, join us at this FREE webinar, Tuesday 27 October, 10am, as Queensland’s Government agencies and wellbeing programs discuss available tools and strategies as part of Safe Work Month.
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Mindfulness is for everyone and can be done anywhere. Not sure what to do or how to start? Evidence abounds on its benefits for mental health, so check out this short free online course and get started today!
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This is a one-stop-shop of services and support for those on the frontline. Borne out of our healthcare workers needing an evidence informed resource to help them self-care, while caring for others.
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Here’s a fresh take on the golden years: the Growing Older and Living Dangerously (GOLD) Program! Delivered by the Brisbane City Council, it offers a range of healthy, free and low-cost events for seniors.
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A growing body of evidence is telling us our mental health is influenced by the food we eat. It should come as no surprise that it’s linked to your intake of nutritious foods.
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Research published in the Journal of Mental Health, confirms playing a game of footy can boost your mental health and wellbeing. It will also increase your fitness and social connections. With community football clubs all over Queensland, boosting your healthy can be fun and easy.
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Have you thought about volunteering? Consider paying it forward: see what volunteering opportunities might be right for you. By helping others you stand to make new friends, learn new skills and boost your wellbeing.
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Remember to take time for your mental health. Make it small and achievable … watering the pot plants, sitting quietly outside for five minutes, phoning a friend. It all adds up. More inspiration here …
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Queensland Mental Health week runs from 10-18 October: reminding us all to take time for our mental health. To enjoy the gifts that connection can bring, check out the events or create one for your family, friends or work colleagues.
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Breast screening can detect breast cancer well before you could feel anything. Include it in your health check routine from the age of 50 (and for some 40). With more than 260 locations across Queensland, it takes around 30 minutes and is a free service offered by BreastScreen Queensland.
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Dietitian presenting a range of healthy foods
For newly arrived communities, learn how to make healthy food choices, plan meals, shop for food, make family routines and handle food safely. These videos are free to watch and are available in Arabic, Karen, Dari, Tibetan and English subtitles.
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Looking to start cycling or keen to improve your skills and knowledge? Check out the new blog article series from Bicycle Queensland - promoting healthy, safe and confident cycling.
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Time to step out, take in some fresh air and explore what Queensland has to offer. Here are our top 5 scenic Queensland walks to get you out and moving.
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Two people cooking a meal - ECCQ
Download this booklet to learn about different type of fats, common cooking oils and their recommended uses, and how to include healthier fats in your diet. Available in several languages.
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Bamia okra stew, ECCQ
Download this digital booklet of healthy multicultural recipes. They’re easy to make and taste delicious!
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Women walking across bridge
Walking is a popular activity for many, and the good news is, keeping obesity and chronic diseases at bay can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other, but what makes walking such an effective physical activity?
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Yulu-Burri-Ba tennis challenge
Who’s keen to get active and stay healthy with Yulu-Burri-Ba? Check out their facebook page to get involved in their weekly challenges!
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DES Google Maps Street View - Noosa
Queenslanders can now explore some of the state’s magnificent parks and forests using Google Maps’ Street View.
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Instructor holding juggling balls
Looking for some family fun at home? Why not learn to juggle with the Queensland Recreation Centres team.
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Preschool kids hands on heads
Fundamental movement skills are basic movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. Discover easy and fun activities to practice basic movement skills at home.
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father and son gardening
It is important that we keep moving even when we’re at home. In times like these even some small activity every day will be positive for your overall health and wellbeing. Here’s how.
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Woman drinking coffee while looking at computer
To support you to quit smoking through the pandemic period, all Queensland residents who smoke will now have access to a program that combines a quit smoking program with a free 12-week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum, lozenges).
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Woman meditating at sunset
Support your wellbeing by joining this free weekly online meditation group.
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Close up of a woman finely dicing chillies
Staying safe at home gives us a chance to build new skills. Why not learn to cook or try out some healthy new recipes? It’s an activity the whole family can get involved in and it’s great for our health.
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Man reaching inside fridge for a piece of fruit
Healthy eating can be easy, affordable, and delicious! Here are our top tips for fuelling your day with healthy food and drinks.
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Former Iron Man Champion Wes Berg
Check out some great hints and tips on staying active and healthy in and around the ocean with Former Iron Man Champion, Wes Berg. Brought to you by Surfing Queensland.
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North Stradbroke Island boardwalk
Before you leave home, check the Queensland parks alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
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While you are self-isolating or spending more time at home, it is important to remain as physically active as possible. Try these at-home exercises to boost your activity.
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Bowl of salad and a fork beside a laptop
Preparing a delicious and healthy lunch or snack is easy when working from home (even if you haven’t cooked before)! Find out how.
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Woman working from home
Create a work environment that supports a healthy lifestyle, regardless of whether you work in an office, outdoors, on the road or at home.
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Man working at home computer
Follow these some simple steps to make working from home a success.
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Illustration of a person doing wall push ups
This poster provides a range of exercise tips and ideas with easy to follow instructions.
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Basil growing in kitchen
Follow these step-by-step guides to grow your own fresh fruit, veggies and herbs from tops, bulbs, cuttings, tubers and seeds.
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Young child sleeping
Help your child to sleep better at night with these ten practical tips.
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Queensland family, the Good Start Program
Tune into The Good Start Program's Facebook videos for cooking tutorials, creative activities for the kids, and a whole lot more!
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Flour, eggs and kitchen utensils on a kitchen bench
Nutrition Australia Qld has plenty of great ideas on how to help keep down the cost of food. Planning ahead and shopping wisely will mean you eventually spend less and waste less.
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Dru yoga instructor, City of Ipswich
Keen to work out at home but need some guidance? Why not participate in the City of Ipswich’s online workout sessions and get ‘Active at Home’ with yoga, pilates, strength and cardio routines.
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Exercise physiologist demonstrating exercises with a pumpkin
Exercise & Sports Science Australia have a tonne of amazing resources for staying active at home including videos and great exercise guides for active ageing, pregnancy and kids.
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Close up of a person's hands typing on a laptop
Access free online training in high-demand industries through the new Jobs Finder Queensland portal.
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CJ Bruton, Brisbane Bullets
Why not work on your ball skills while you wait to get back on the basketball court? The Brisbane Bullets have a great series of online sessions to keep you on your toes and sharpen your technique at home.
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Brisbane Heat cricket videos
Are you a budding fast bowler or big hitter? Check out these great tips from Brisbane Heat stars on how you can improve your game for when the season returns.
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Home court tennis, Tennis Australia
Tennis Australia are leading a tennis-at-home phenomenon for kids across Australia, encouraging them to create their own creative tennis games.
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TeamAus graphic, Australian Olympic Committee
Check out how to train like an Olympian at home, with lots of fun workout and skills videos from Olympic athletes.
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Father and daughter preparing food; World Health Organization
Five ways to help feed your children a varied, nutritious diet that will support their growth and development, all while building healthy eating habits.
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Woman reading and drinking tea in bedroom
During COVID-19, a self-care plan can help you focus, make decisions and stay healthy. Create your plan using personal planning templates from Black Dog Institute.
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Cover of the children's book, Birdie and the Virus
A virus has made Birdie’s friends sick! Birdie feels lonely and worried. What if everyone stays sick forever? A story for young children about recovering from a virus.
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Local support group, Queenslanders with Disability Network
Join an online local support group for people with disability, run by Queenslanders with Disability Network.
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Man sitting on a picnic blanket beside a basket and food jars
Check out our top tips for planning a fun, healthy and safe picnic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Indian Food
Discover some easy swaps and tips for making healthier choices when browsing that home delivery app.
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Auskick at Home
Tune in for live-streamed clinics with AFL Auskick footballers as they take you through various backyard drills, exercises and skills-based learning.
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