Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP)
Providing free health education sessions to groups of older people in the community
The Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP) uses trained and experienced volunteers to present health information sessions to groups of older people from both English speaking as well as culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who might otherwise not have access to such vital information. HPSOP was established in 1991 and is funded by NSW Health through the Western Sydney Local Health District.
HPSOP currently operates across NSW. Since 1991 there has been a consistent and strong demand for its education sessions which prior to the COVID-19 pandemic were being presented in English and 10 community languages. In March 2020, because of the pandemic, face-to-face sessions were suspended and replaced with online sessions, mostly in English, via Zoom.
HPSOP is currently providing education sessions on seven health topics:
- Diabetes Awareness
- Falls Injury Prevention
- Healthy Bones & Osteoporosis
- Healthy Brain – Healthy Life
- Medicine Management
- Oral Health Care.
The goal of HPSOP aligns with a key component of the NSW Government’s plan, NSW 2021, to keep people healthy and out of hospital. HPSOP also supports other NSW Government goals to make it easier for people to be involved in their communities and to increase opportunities for older people in NSW to fully participate in community life.
HPSOP has received excellent feedback about the health education sessions which shows recognition of the excellent work done by HPSOP through its volunteer peer educators in partnership with various health organisations.