"I guess I’ve always liked hanging around my old people. I just love listening to the stories and the knowledge that they have. My name is Janaya Charles and I’m the Physical Activity and Nutrition Worker in Community Programs at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.
I’ve got a Certificate IV in community development, lifestyle and leisure for people with special needs. Most of the people that I see are elderly clients and they have a lot of complex health conditions. They rely on a lot of medication, they couldn’t walk properly. Through coming to the program it’s changed their whole life.
Mondays we run hydrotherapy, Tuesdays we run warm water exercise, Wednesdays we run gentle gym, Thursdays we have Indigenous games and self-defence and fortnightly on a Friday we run Diabetes Club.
The running of the program requires a lot of team work and my role is to coordinate and instruct the program. I get a lot of other Aboriginal health organisations calling me up and asking me how we do our program and things like that because they hear how successful it is. As an Aboriginal person myself, I feel that the clients respond better because we have the same language, you know. Visual is very important for Aboriginal people, we’re visual people and I can explain it in terms that they’ll understand."
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