Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP)

Providing free health education sessions to groups of older people in the community

HPSOP is a Volunteer Peer Educator program, with a particular focus on people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds who might otherwise not have access to vital health information

The Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP) is funded by NSW Health through the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD). HPSOP has been operating since 1991, providing free health education sessions to groups of older people in the community. It is a Volunteer Peer Educator program, with a particular focus on people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds who might otherwise not have access to vital health information.

HPSOP is currently operating across metropolitan Sydney and in the Central Coast, Lower Hunter, Camden, Blue Mountains and Illawarra /Shoalhaven areas. There has been consistent and strong demand for its education sessions which are now being presented in English and 13 community languages. HPSOP is currently providing education sessions on six health topics including medicine management, oral health care, osteoporosis awareness, diabetes awareness, falls injury prevention and healthy brain ageing.

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 is also supporting 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 from the community group leaders/organisers following education sessions which shows recognition of the excellent work done by HPSOP through its volunteer peer educators in partnership with various health organisations.

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