Saturday, May 25, 2024

New hub to boost healthy Frankston futures

Frankston City Council and St Kilda Football Club united yesterday to open the new Healthy Futures Hub at Belvedere Reserve in Seaford.

Council says the hub is a major step forward for the health and wellbeing of the community in Frankston City. 

The opening was attended by Mayor, Nathan Conroy; St Kilda Football Club CEO, Simon
Lethlean and his executive team, Associate Professor Libby Callaway and Professor Terry Haines from Monash University, Belvedere Community Centre Manager Meredith MacKenzie, State Member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke MP, and Federal Member for
Dunkley, Peta Murphy MP.

Frankston City Councillors Kris Bolam, Sue Baker and David Asker also attended along with Council CEO, Phil Cantillon and Director Communities, Angela Hughes.

Mayor Conroy said the hub was a huge win for the community.

“It brings together 12 organisations offering a wide range of services related to learning, wellbeing and physical health that are accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability,” the Mayor said.

“Integrated health services play a critical role in promoting the health and wellbeing of communities.”

The new hub forms part of Frankston City’s vibrant future as the economic hub of the southeast, with the best healthcare, transport and education in the region. 

“The Healthy Futures Hub is not only a significant step forward for the health and wellbeing of our community, but it also has the potential to drive economic growth in the region,” Mayor Conroy said.

“By promoting health and wellbeing, we are creating a more productive and engaged community, and attracting businesses and residents who value an active and healthy lifestyle.”

The hub is home to a range of elite and community sporting clubs, a community centre, gym and pool, and health professionals, including physios, dentists, occupational therapists, personal trainers, NDIS providers and more.    

“By creating a one-stop-shop for a variety of health needs, we’re making it easier for people to access the services they need to live healthy and active lives,” Mayor Conroy said. 

St Kilda Football Club CEO, Simon Lethlean said: “We are thrilled to be part of such a
meaningful project that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of the community.

“The Healthy Futures Hub is an exciting initiative that aligns with our commitment to supporting the local community and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to the positive impact it will have on the lives of those who use it,” he said. 

St Kilda and Monash University’s School of Primary and Allied Health Care worked with all
partners on a collaborative, integrated health approach at the Healthy Futures Hub.

Associate Professor Libby Callaway, from Monash University, spoke to the shared vision of
hub partners and the benefits of co-locating services at the hub.

“Parents attending the Belvedere Community Centre playgroups can now easily access swimming lessons for their children at the same site and vice versa,” she said.

“We’ve also seen a true integration of our services, with Monash University Occupational Therapy Students undertaking fieldwork and research projects addressing real community issues through hub partners such as Guide Dogs Victoria, Wallara and Everyday Independence.” 

Mayor Conroy concluded: “The Healthy Futures Hub is now open to the community and we
encourage everyone to come and take advantage of the services and activities available.
Whether you’re looking for a dental or physio appointment, a yoga class, or simply a walk
and a bite to eat, the Healthy Futures Hub has something for everyone.” 

The Healthy Futures Hub is located at 151 East Rd, Seaford.

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