DRUMMING UP CONTACTS: The Rafiki Connection drumming group will be performing at Harmony in Health Expo.
DRUMMING UP CONTACTS: The Rafiki Connection drumming group will be performing at Harmony in Health Expo.

Everyone belongs at Harmony in Health Expo

ZUMBA lessons, local cultural dance groups and a variety of health information stalls are among the activities on offer at the Harmony in Health multicultural health expo.

Coinciding with Australia's Harmony Week celebrations, the local Harmony in Health Expo is being held March 20 from 10am to 2pm at C.ex Coffs. It will provide information about health and support services to local residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The free event will be hosted by the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) in partnership with North Coast Primary Health Network, NSW Home Support Services, Coffs Harbour City Council, Southern Cross University, Department of Education and Training, and Department of Human Services.

North Coast Public Health Unit Director Paul Corben said the event aimed to promote social connections, health and wellbeing with exhibits from relevant government agencies, health organisations, community groups and services.

"Many of our local residents are from non-English speaking backgrounds, so it can be very challenging for them to access information about the services they require,” Mr Corben said.

"The Health Expo aims to improve health outcomes through early intervention, prevention and health education for our multicultural community members. Along with more than 50 information stalls, free vision and hearing checks will be available at the Expo.”

The Expo will include healthy cooking demonstrations, information and health services, focussing particularly on youth, with transport and catering organised for local school and TAFE students.

The event is supported by Settlement Services International, North Coast Primary Health Network, Community Care Options, STARTTS, Coffs Harbour City Council Library Service, Community Transport, Subee Pty Ltd, Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Mid North Coast, Lifestyle Solutions and BrightSky. C.ex Coffs Harbour has donated use of the venue for the event.

For further information about the expo, contact Michele Greenwood, Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Public Health Unit, 6656 7676 or Sandy Gray, Project Coordinator on 6656 7226.