Last ACC funded Tai Chi Classes for the over 65’s, Calling for GP referrals now.

Last ACC funded Tai Chi Classes for the over 65’s, Calling for GP referrals now.

Modified Tai Chi has been developed especially for older adults. It reduces the risk of falling by improving balance, co-ordination, flexibility and lower leg strength. Participants also report improvement in conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, depression and stress.

To attend ACC’s last Tai Chi classes a person needs to:

Be aged over 65years (55 years for Maori and Pacific people)

Live in a community dwelling (not residential care)

Have had a fall or are deemed ‘at risk’ of falling by a Health Professional

Be able to commit to attending the course once a week for 16 weeks.

Not have completed an ACC funded course before.

To inquire and/or register for the last intake of Tai Chi classes please give Tim Baxter’s contact details to your clients. Positive Defence Phone & Fax (09) 4386228 or e-mail

Tai Chi classes will begin on 1st February 2011 and will be held in the following locations: Whangarei central and/or Maunu, Onerahi, Tikipunga and Kamo.

There are only 40 places available on the course so encourage clients to ring and register soon.


QPR Suicide Prevention – Level One

The programme was originally developed in North America and has been redeveloped

for the New Zealand setting by CASA (Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa)

Features of the Programme:

  • Online and self administered.
  • It takes only 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
  • The online system enforces engagement with the learning, i.e., you have to learn to pass the test, but you can take it as many times as you need to.
  • To reinforce the learning experience, the system sends courtesy email invitations to review the QPR training; one at six weeks and another at six months.
  • Additional resource material is provided for participants to use after completing the course.

Research of this programme shows both good recall of knowledge and good

referral rates.

If you think that you, or your organisation, would like to take advantage of this free

training opportunity please contact:

Rachel Ward

021 477 595