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Surf's Up for Health: Aussie Kids Ride Waves to Wellbeing

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Geeta Pillai
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Surf's Up for Health: Aussie Kids Ride Waves to Wellbeing

The innovative program, Move to Improve, is making waves in Western Australia by providing children with long-term health conditions a fresh approach to therapy: surfing. This Australian-first initiative, generously supported by Mineral Resources (MinRes) as the Principal Partner through the Channel 7 Telethon Trust, offers not only a fun outlet but also a means of enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of these young Australians.

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Collaborative Effort for a Greater Cause

Move to Improve is the outcome of a collaborative effort between Perth Children's Hospital, The University of Western Australia, and the Telethon Kids Institute. The program, also funded by the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation and the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation, aims to assess the positive impacts of physical activity on the health and lives of children with chronic conditions and their families.

MinRes' Commitment to Wellbeing and Innovation

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Joshua Thurlow, CEO of MinRes, expressed pride in the company's commitment to wellbeing and innovation. Since 2013, MinRes has shown consistent support for the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation, contributing close to $5 million. This initiative is a testament to their ongoing dedication to community health and innovation.

Surfing: A Therapeutic Intervention

The program's unique approach to therapy, a surfing intervention, is led by PCH Senior Clinical Psychologist Joanna White. The intervention has already shown promising benefits for the health and wellbeing of young Western Australians, demonstrating the potential of unconventional methods in healthcare. In the future, personalized Move to Improve programs will be integrated into routine clinical care for kids with chronic conditions.

The success of the Move to Improve program is a reflection of the generosity of its donors and the commitment of healthcare professionals who strive to enhance patient experiences and support children with chronic illnesses to live and stay well. MinRes has also announced a $1.5 million partnership with Ruah Community Services to fund five Koorta Guides and a partnership with the Clontarf Foundation to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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