It’s often said that there’s nothing like the sea air to blow away a few cobwebs and make the world seem a bit better – and a group of Mums are ensuring they are getting their time on the beach and in the water through a like-minded group.
A Surfing Mums group started up on the coast not too long ago, and now they have been successful in obtaining a State Government grant to buy equipment and provide lessons for mums who want to learn all about surfing and paddle boarding.
Danya Hodgetts is the Coordinator of the Surfing Mums Group in Yeppoon.
Source: Yeppoon’s surfing mums
Happell, B., Stanton, R., Hodgetts, D., & Scott, D. (2016). Quality of Life Outcomes in Community-based Mental Health Consumers: Comparisons with Population Norms and Changes over Time. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 1–7. http://doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2015.1119223
An ahead of publication ePrint is available for download (50 copies only).
Quality of life is shown to be lower in people diagnosed with mental illness in comparison to the general population. The aim of this study is to examine the Quality of life in a subset of people accessing mental health services in a regional Queensland Centre. Thirty-seven people accessing mental health services completed the SF36 Health Survey on three occasions. Differences and relationships between Physical Composite Scores and Mental Composite Scores, comparisons with Australian population norms, and temporal change in Quality of Life were examined. Physical Composite Scores were significantly different to, but significantly correlated with, Mental Composite Scores on each occasion. Physical Composite Scores and Mental Composite Scores were significantly different to population norms, and did not vary significantly across time. The poor Quality of life of people with mental illness remains a significant challenge for the mental health workforce.
Twitter has provided a backchannel for the SMAANZ conference, since gaining a ground swell amongst attendees in 2012. The tweets include more direct observations of the conference, insight on the research and more than a little friendly banter.
Here is a summary of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference hosted by the University of Tasmania from 25 to 27 November 2015.
My top Tweet at SMAANZ was the one just below. Here is a link to the whole #SMAANZ2015 hashtag on Storify.