Following events in Brisbane’s north, the big blue bus crossed the Brisbane River to cover the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local region.
On Thursday 6 November (2014), the big blue bus and National Roadshow team visited the head office of MDA – Queensland’s largest settlement agency for migrants and refugees. Staff and clients from the Woolloongabba site picked up free resources and heard about Beyond Blue services, as well as MDA’s new multicultural mental health recovery and support service – Culture in Mind. They also took part in a canvas art – painting something that represents ‘wellbeing’ to them. Federal Member for Griffith Terri Butler stopped by to show her support. You can read a blog post about the visit here.
On Wednesday 12 November the bus boarded a ferry for Stradbroke Island. School students came down to Ron Stark Oval to greet the bus and do some art activities and a free community barbecue was on offer.
The following day the team visited St Paul de Chartres aged care facility in Boronia Heights for an ‘Elder Clown’ session. Elder Clowns is a program developed by The Humour Foundation to address the psycho-social needs of residents living in aged care facilities, especially those suffering from dementia. The fun program builds connection through care and play to improve the quality of life of residents. The session was enjoyed by all.
That afternoon, the bus headed to Blue Care Yurana aged care facility in Springwood. Beyond Blue Older Adults Project Manager Marie-Anne Schull delivered a training session to staff. The Beyond Blue Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) program raises awareness about depression and anxiety in older people and heightens the skills of staff working in the aged care sector in regards to these conditions.
On 14 November the bus set up at Marsden State High School in Waterford West for a Pasifika Families Parenting with Pride and Purpose community barbecue. Hundreds of students and their family members enjoyed the barbecue and activities including social volley ball. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen dropped by and made his mental health pledge.
That evening, the team worked with the Street Doctor service and Rosies Friends on the Street in Logan. The Street Doctor is an afterhours (6pm-1am) mobile doctor’s van that aims to improve healthcare access for the vulnerable and homeless and Rosies provides a friendly face and food at Woodridge Train Station, four nights a week.
On Saturday 15 November hundreds of people braved the heat and headed to Gould Adams Park in Kingston for the Living Strong Community Fun Day. There was touch rugby, a hip hop dance challenge and jumping castle. After working up an appetite, the free BBQ was a hit, along with face painting for the kids.
The next morning, the team was up for an even hotter day. The mercury climbed to 39 degrees at Hawthorne Park, unfortunately keeping many people away from the free yoga and meditation class followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic with jumping castle, barbecue lunch, face painter, interactive storytelling, arts and craft.
On Tuesday 18 November, more than 30 health workers in maternity care at the Mater Mothers Hospital received a visit to mark PND Awareness Week (16-22 November). Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness Co-Founder Viv Kissane ran a special presentation, which included mothers sharing their personal experience of postnatal depression and anxiety.
Wrapping up the visit in Greater Metro South Brisbane, that evening the team attended Easts Leagues Club in Coorparoo for a dinner with GPs and allied health professionals. Gold medal Olympian Libby Trickett MC’d the event which included a presentation from Beyond Blue Board Director Professor Brett McDermott, who is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Executive Director of the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service.
Thanks to the wonderful communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome and all those who supported our visit! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops and gallery of National Roadshow highlights.