With the final wrap up of our 'afterschool' program sessions earlier today, and before we turn all of our attention to 2018, we wished to take a moment and reflect on all of our #TeamThriving achievements in 2017.
These achievements are only possible due to the amazing team of staff, volunteers, collaborators, kids and families involved in our program. It is humbling to see the impact and accomplishments that can be achieved when a diverse, talented, hard-working and like-minded group of people come together.
So we would like to take this opportunity to share some of these 2017 achievements! Bring on 2018 so we can continue to build on these successes!!
Exercise services provided to over 100 families per term, thanks to the ongoing support of UWA School of Human Sciences, Telethon 7, our amazing and growing staff, and of course with the support our Thriving families!
A major upgrade of our family & instructor database is also due for completion in 2017, and whilst it may look pretty similar we are aiming for significantly improved functionality for our families and instructors, along with an increase in data security.
We also launched our website www.thrivingfit.com.au and hope to expand this in 2018 as a knowledge and resource base for families and the community.
Staff underwent extensive training throughout 2017 to ensure we can cater for the diverse presentation of families, kids and young people to our programs, and a number of service components were reviewed and improved upon including assessments, reporting, certificates and communication.
Finally we would like to say a big THANKYOU to Telethon 7 for their support in 2017, for enabling us to offer program subsidies to all families.
Research & Evaluation:
Thriving Director, Kemi Wright, has kicked off the 2nd stage of her PhD study – Thriving Families. She is investigating how best to support families to improve the motivation and confidence in kids during exercise, and we look forward to keeping you updated. Additionally, the first publications of her work are due early 2018 ... stay tuned!!!
Josh Knuiman has been award the inaugural Thriving Student Stipend for 2018 to undertake his Masters thesis looking at behaviour and emotional symptoms in kids undertaking exercise programs.
An evaluation of our pilot Thriving-DAYS project conducted by Alissa More was conducted in 2016-2017, with a recent publication of her initial work and more on the way!
More A, Jackson B, Dimmock JA, Thornton AL, Colthart A & Furzer BJ. (2017). Exercise in the treatment of youth substance use disorders: Review and recommendations. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 1839. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01839
Collaboration & Impact:
We continue to grow our network of collaborators and engage in knowledge translation activities including:
Team members provided recent seminars at the 12th International Developmental Coordination Disorder Conference, and the Learning and Attentional Disorders Society Meeting.
Our Thriving -DAYS program run in collaboration with WA Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (WA Mental Health Commission) has received an additional 3 years of funding from CommBank Community Grants for the provision of exercise services for young people undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol related disorders.
Additionally, this work was feature in a recent national publication circulated by Exercise & Sport Science Australia